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Back Porch – Artist Bios

Back Porch
Artist Bio

Eric Anderson (Playwright) graduated from the University of Kansas with an M.A. in theater, then moved to Minneapolis, where his plays were produced at the Illusion Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Lagniappe Theatre, Theatre in the Round and Children’s Theatre. He has written plays for National Public Radio, and was a founding member of the Playwrights Center. He and his husband now live in Hawaii, where his plays have been produced at Kumu Kahua Theatre and The Actors Group in Honolulu, as well as at the University of Hawaii in Hilo.  Currently he is collaborating with composer Kim Sherman on an opera based on the Willa Cather stories “Song of the Lark” and “The Sculptor’s Funeral.”

Jonathan Fishman (Millard Goff) is an award-winning actor and producer. TV credits include HBO’s Crashing, and he co-produced and starred in the TV pilot BUDS, which was a three-time 2021 Telly award-winner, screened at the 2021 Austin Film Festival, and was an official selection and finalist at the 2022 Dances with Films. He co-produced and co-starred in the film Waiting at Newkirk Avenue, an official selection at the 2022 HOTYS Film Festival, and is the recipient of a Filmaka Award for a BASF-branded short that he wrote, directed and co-produced. For theater, he produced and co-starred in the “Fringe First” award-winning production Enterprise which had its UK premiere at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, then transferred to an off-Broadway run at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City. Los Angeles theater credits include Death of A Mailman (2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival); Constantinople (Rose Theatre); Blaze (Hudson Theatre); Another Divorced Dad in L.A. (2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival) and Daddy Issues (Dorie Theatre at The Complex). Coming up this year, Jonathan will be seen in the feature Et Tu and in Apple TV’s Lessons in Chemistry. For the latest and all the links:

Isaac W. Jay (Gary Opat) is a working actor and writer in Los Angeles who hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He holds a B.A. in dramatic arts from the University of Southern California. His latest film/TV credits include Lessons in Chemistry (Apple TV+), The Last Thing He Told Me (Apple TV+), Glue Trap (Hellzapoppin Pictures), American Crime Story: Impeachment (FX), Headcount (Defiant Studios) and Flock of Four (Bristol Pictures), as well as many Giggle Break and Tr!fecta sketch comedies. His theater credits include the interactive play Witch! (Downtown Rep), Copenhagen (Interact), Death of a Salesman (Interact), Rope (Actor’s Coop), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare by the Sea), A Man for All Seasons (Actor’s Coop), 12th Night (West Valley Playhouse), This is Our Youth (Raven Theatre), Yesterday Again (world premiere/SFBATCC Nom for best actor) and The Bacchae (world premiere, London). Isaac is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

Cody Lemmon (Del Wayne Opat), is extremely proud to be joining the talented cast of Back Porch. Cody lives in Woodland Hills, CA with his family and is training at the Young Actors Workspace in Los Angeles. He is 12 years old and in the sixth grade, and his favorite subjects are history and math. Cody first appeared on stage at the age of seven as Prince Charming in Snow White. He is best known for playing Stephan Jackson in the feature film The Ritual Killer, starring Morgan Freeman. In his free time Cody also enjoys playing baseball, swimming and learning to play the guitar. Cody would like to thank his mom, dad, his brother Beau and sister Jessie for their love and support. He also thanks his fellow cast members and director Kelie Mclver for giving him this amazing opportunity to grow as an actor and as a person.

Karl Maschek (Barney Opat) earned his B.A. from Columbia College Chicago and has studied with The Second City and Improv Olympic. He appears as Squeak in the award-winning podcast No Other Way, and has an extensive theater background, having appeared in productions such as the American premiere of Rank, directed by Tony Award nominee and Laurence Olivier Award winner Wilson Milam, and the inaugural production of A Christmas Carol at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Karl has appeared in episodes of shows such as Men At Work on TBS (also streaming on Amazon Prime), NBC’s Running the Halls, and Saved By The Bell: The New Class; and as Critter in the short film, Nothingman, starring Coleman Domingo. Karl is extremely grateful for a professional acting career that began in 9th grade and includes sharing the stage with Judith Barcroft, Tom Bower and Edgar Meyer. Other credits include appearing in the Midwest premiere of Marsha Norman’s Traveler in the Dark at Chicago’s Wisdom Bridge Theatre, directed by assistant to Sanford Meisner and UCLA theatre professor, the late Edward Kaye-Martin, as well as productions at the Goodman Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre and Chicago’s Shakespeare Rep Theatre. Karl originated the role of Charlie in the world premiere of Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room at the Goodman Theatre, then re-created his role in subsequent productions at the Hartford Stage Company, Playwrights Horizons in NYC, and a commercial off-Broadway run at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. Karl also originated the role of Solly in the world premiere of comedy legend Shelley Berman’s First is Supper at the National Jewish Theatre. He toured nationally in Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby and JK Simmons, and appeared opposite Ellen Greene, as David in the West Coast premiere of Bob Randall’s David’s Mother at the Pasadena Playhouse, as well as in subsequent productions in San Diego and Santa Barbara. Karl has also appeared in multiple productions around Los Angeles at theaters such as the Sierra Madre Playhouse, El Portal, Sacred Fools, Attic Theatre, Vox Humana Theatre Company and the Odyssey Theatre.

Kelie McIver (Director), originally from Topeka, Kansas, is known for her acting chops, mainly theater and VO. Credits include Lady Macbeth and the Nurse at Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, promo announcer at Fox and Trail End with Barry Corbin, and she is active as a reader-in-the-room for casting directors. Kelie co-produced the 19th annual Drama After Dark: An Evening of the Macabre with Poe & Gorey with creator/director Tally Briggs and Arroyo Repertory Theatre.

Jordan Morgan (Bill Holman) is an actor from Los Angeles, by way of Trumann, Arkansas. He was last seen as Cisco in Sam Shepard’s The Unseen Hand, directed by Darrell Larson at the Odyssey Theatre (L.A.). Recent film and TV credits include Outer Range on Amazon Prime; FBI: Most Wanted on CBS; Blood Brothers on Lifetime; and Obliterated on Netflix. Jordan is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, and has a B.F.A. in Theater from the University of Arkansas. Follow his artistic endeavors @jordanmitchellmorgan.  

Eric Zak (Myron Uhrig) a.k.a. Eric Zaklukiewicz, is an export from Phoenix, AZ, where for 20 years he played memorable and award-winning roles for many of the region’s best directors and companies, often in regional or world premiere plays. Notable recent roles include Jason and the puppet Tyrone in Hand to God; Don in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City; Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys; and Danny M2 in The Antipodes. He is also a keyboardist with Los Angeles Pink Floyd tribute “Continuous Signal” and composes electronic music under the alias “onemoretimeago.” He currently resides in Los Angeles.