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The Subtext. Episode 14: John Pollono

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A podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life’s muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires and — ultimately — what makes writers tick. 

In this episode, Brian speaks with fellow New Hampshire playwright John Pollono, author of Small Engine Repair and Lost Girls (Rogue Machine in LA, MCC Theater in NYC). They drop a few f-bombs as they talk about John’s career trajectory from NH to LA (with many stops in between).

john pollonoJOHN POLLONO is a writer and actor from New England, John Pollono co-founded the award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre Company in Los Angeles, which has produced several of his full-length plays and one-acts. At RMT, he is the producer of the hit underground storytelling series Rant and Rave. His play Small Engine Repair, which he wrote and starred in at RMT, swept the 2011–2012 Los Angeles Theater Awards, winning Best Production, Best Playwriting, and Best Ensemble at the Ovations, LA Weekly, Garlands, and LADCC. MCC Theater produced it with director Jo Bonney in NYC in fall 2013 and produced the companion piece Lost Girls in 2015. As an actor, John has appeared in “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Masters of Sex” and “Mob City” among many others. He is currently developing film and television projects with F/X, Paramount and Sony. His screenplay for “Stronger,” directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, was produced by Lionsgate and Bold Films and will be released in theaters in Spring 2017.

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Brian James Polak

Brian James Polak

Brian is originally from New Hampshire and he has a tattoo to prove it. Some of his plays have been published in Smith & Kraus anthologies, and his embarrassing childhood poetry has been published in Mortified: Love is a Battlefield. He is a member of The Playwrights Union and received his MFA from the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Go to to learn more about his work. Follow him on Twitter @bejaypea.