Pontius’s produced stage work includes an Off-Broadway production of Umbrella by Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan; Fallout by Working Man’s Clothes Productions and The Lunar Adventures of Dar and Matey by Stolen Chair Theater, followed up with Dar and Matey’s Christmas SpectaculARGH at the The Brick Theatre in Brooklyn.
He received his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. He studied at Dell’Arte, The International School of Physical Theater, and received the Nicholas Meyer Scholarship for Playwrighting from the University of Iowa, where he received a BA with Honors. He currently lives in LA.
He is currently working on a play about the messy and volatile collaboration between Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, which resulted in the classic adaptation of Double Indemnity. Following that, a dark comedy about the true story of Carl Tanzler, who fell in love with a woman… and wouldn’t let go of her even after she died… going so far as to steal her from her tomb…
Quitter (Comedy) Playwrights Union Festival of New Work, Reading, 2013; Skylab Festival of New Work, staged reading, 2013
Albedo (Drama) Semi-Finalist, Eugene O’Neill National Playwright Conference, 2013
Analogue (Drama) Playwrights Union Festival of New Work, Reading, 2012
Dar and Matey’s Christmas SpectaculARGH (Comedy) Brick Theatre, Fight Fest, New York, Robert Ross Parker, dir, 2010
On The Night of Anthony’s 30th Birthday Party, Again (Comedy) Production, Manhattan Theatre Source, Megan Demarest, dir
Reading, New Dramatists, Michael Barakiva, dir. 2007
Reading, Unbound, 2006
Umbrella (Drama) Production, Alchemy Theatre, Padraic Lillis, 2008, Off Broadway; Reading, Alchemy Theatre, Padraic Lillis, dir., 2006, New York; Production, New Works Festival, UT at Austin, Corey Atkins, dir., 2005; Workshop, University of Texas at Austin, Gary Garrison, dir., 2004
Their Master’s Voice (Short Comedy) Vision Fest 2008, LiveWire Theatre, Chicago
A Thousand Yard Stare (Drama) Reading, Writer’s Forum, Manhattan Theatre Source, 2008; Reading, Soho Think Tank, New York City, 2007
Fallout (Short Comedy) BingeFest 2008, Working Man’s Clothes Productions, Nelson Eusebio III, dir.
The Lunar Adventures of Dar and Matey (Comedy) Production, Pirates, Patriots, Patricides, Stolen Chair Theatre, NYC, Emily Otto, dir, 2008
Thrown Out (Short Comedy) Production, Manhattan Theatre Source, Spontaneous Combustion, 2006
Boom Vang (Comedy) Honorable Mention, Stage 3 Theatre’s Festival of New Plays; Working Man’s Clothes Productions Reading, New York, NY, 2005; Cold Cuts Series, Ten Grand and A Burger Productions, NY, 2005; Monday Night Reading Series, University of Texas at Austin, 2005
Underground (One-Act Comedy) Semi-Finalist, First Stage, 9th Annual One-Act Contest, 2005
Running Out of Time (A Ten Minute Play) Regional Finalist ACTF Ten-Minute Play Contest, 2005
Bitchin Devil Horns (short comedy) Production, Manhattan Theatre Source, Spontaneous Combustion, 2004
On Sunday Morning (short play) Production, Sketchbook 2004, Collaboraction, Chicago, IL