Deborah Cote Anderson began "Timeline" many years ago. She discovered that pounding on a typewriter worked as a form of personal therapy, enabling her to release deep-seated inner feelings by pouring them out onto a page. Before long, enough pages had been generated to begin a book, a few chapters of which she shared with her husband. Later she showed the composition to a good friend, Roland Robinson. Impressed, he suggested that they collaborate and transform the book into a stage play. It is Deborah’s first script and based on some of her true life experiences and expelled inner demons.
She was born the youngest of nine and raised in Rumford, Maine. A former ASID member, Deb was a successful interior designer in both southern New Hampshire and the Boston area. She enjoyed a second career as a fashion consultant before retiring and becoming a playwright.
She and Mark married in 1977 and now enjoy life in Saco, Maine.
Co-writer Roland Hayes Robinson is a university administrator, author, publisher, actor and playwright.
He has appeared in numerous productions including, Bye Bye, Birdie, Home, The Boys Next Door, Anne of Green Gables, Tuck Everlasting, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Roland has also appeared in three radio plays: At the Cadian Ball, The Merry-Go-Round and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
He holds a BA in psychology from Fisk University, a MA in clinical psychology from Fisk University, and a MDiv from Harvard University Divinity School. Roland studied neuroscience at Teachers College Columbia University. He also completed the leadership for change certificate program at Boston College.
Roland lives in New Jersey with his wife, Dr. Lisa Johnson and their miniature poodle, Chile.
Director of our Portland production, Laura Sacks Morris grew up in Newtonville, MA, but received her B.A. in Communications with high honors from the University of Maine at Orono. She was a professional actress with the Dallas Theater Center and other venues before founding the Second Chance Foundation. For over 10 years, she worked as a theatrical director with the Council for Drug Free Youth as well as creating the Master Acting Studio for Kids, The Murder Mystery Theater Troupe and acting in regional community groups in mid-Missouri. Besides directing youth, Laura has directed “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and others. She is a certified leadership trainer in a range of subjects as well as a motivational speaker. Since moving to Maine in 2015, she has been involved with Acorn Productions, Heartwood Theater and Gaslight Theater. She is currently the Executive Director of the Be the Influence Coalition in Windham that works to keep youth drug free. Her favorite role is as mother to her two amazing sons, Ben and Josh.
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