A Drink With…Timothy C. Amos

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Vodka Cranberry with twist of Lime. We sophistic-ants types call it a Cape Cod.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as… Siskel and Ebert Save Chicago, Mop Top Festival, Shameless Shamuses, 1985, Dead Wrong, ‘Namosaur!, Take the Cake (Director)

I got involved with the Factory because… It was the chance to work with a company that did original works. I always said I would rather wait tables the rest of my life then have to do theater just like the guy before me did it. I am now a better actor because of the work I do here. Playing roles that challenge not just highlight my talents. That’s an ensemble every actor should find. That which makes you better on stage.

My current/next gig is… The Last Big Mistake, the second show of our first season in our new space! Can’t wait to get going.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because… It’s fine time we have our own home. It’s a great step up for us and wonderful chance to be part of the up and coming Rogers Park community which I love so much.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be… Bob Mould Workbook…oh hell, EVERYTHING BOB MOULD EVER WROTE…AND JIMMY BUFFET TOO! They Might be Giants Greatest hits, and all the classic Sesame Street songs. Just 2…seriously.

(Editor’s Note: That greatest hits is called “Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants. Also, two. TWO, TIM.)

My favourite Factory memory is… Sitting on a table with Allison Cain at the closing night of Siskel and Ebert (my first show with the company) watching all the crazy people we had just closed this show with (after some literal blood, sweat, and tears), and knowing I was in a good place. Cheers.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a… Scotch in a snifter, neat. YES IN A SNIFTER GET OVER IT!

Tim and Jaimo share a drink. If you happen to be one of Tim's dogs, you are the luckiest animal ever, by the way. Also, the cutest.

Tim and Jaimo share a drink. If you happen to be one of Tim’s dogs, you are the luckiest animal ever, by the way. Also, the cutest.

A Drink With…Christine Jennings (aka Cissy J.)

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Tito’s and soda water.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as529 S Something, Fat!, White Trash Wedding and a Funeral, Clean, Battleaxe Betty, The Barbara Walters Interviews, Herb Stabler! Wandering Spirit!, Surface Dwellers, Factory Match Game 99, Menage A Trailer, Toast of the Town, Lonesome Hobos, Janice Dutts Goes to Life Camp, Shameless Shamuses, Bustin’ Out of the Hell, Mop Top Festival, Hunky Dory, and Jenny and Jenni.

I got involved with the Factory because… Steve Walker. A bunch of us were studying at Columbia College together. Walker got to know the folks at Factory in their second season (1994). Walker, Jerry Hlava and Micheal Mazzara got cast in Alive, which went on to be a cult hit. I instantly fell in love with the tribe. Complete knuckleheads with a creative canvas that stretched my brain. I wanted in. I was dating Mazzara at the time, so me hanging around wasn’t too obvious. The original space on Loyola was a hangout. Constant rehearsals, shows, and parties. People lived in the basement at times. My beloved Miss Molly Brennan asked me to do my first Factory show in 1996. I found my family. I was home.

My current/next gig is… An interview show based and shot right here in our beautiful city. I’ll be asking you the questions next.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because… Oh man, oh man! I’m so stoked. Well, we started off there so it’s so fitting, like an homage. When we left R.P., we produced at so many different spaces- the old Footsteps in Andersonville, Athenaeum in Lakeview, Stage Left in Wrigleyville, Chopin in Wicker Park, Angel Island in Lakeview, and, of course, The Prop in Albany Park. So, we’re going home. There is so much excitement within our current ensemble and board, let alone the community of R.P.- man, I cannot wait. It’s such an eclectic neighborhood, so it’s very fitting for us oddballs.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be… Neil Young’s ‘Decade’ & Nina Simone’s ‘To Love Somebody’

My favourite Factory memory is… Oh crap, there’s so many! First comes to mind- people walking across the stage during White Trash at the Loyola space (we only had one toilet and it was backstage). But- I’ll have to go soft and say Jenny & Jenni. My best friend, Shannon O’Neill, worked so frickin hard on that show that I was just so rocked and proud of her when it went up. We got to play best friends and had such an amazing ride. Love that girl.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a… an ale and a shot of bourbon. This round’s on me.

This is Cissy J. She's pretty much the coolest. Ever. Ask her about Factory's history and Chicago's music scene. Get comfy, cause she's a font of knowledge and beauty.

This is Cissy J. She’s pretty much the coolest. Ever. Ask her about Factory’s history and Chicago’s music scene. Get comfy, cause she’s a font of knowledge and beauty.

A Drink With…Jill Oliver

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Bartender I’ll have a…Gin Swizzle.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…Hey! Dancin’!, The League of Awesome, The Gray Girl and Hotel Aphrodite. Abbie Fest: 30 Days in the Rabbit Hole (Director) and Street Justice: Condition Red (Assistant Director.).

I got involved with Factory because…Factory was holding auditions for a show about dancing in the 80’s and I LOVE TO DANCE, quite possibly more than I love to act. I remember walking out of that audition thinking, “Even if I don’t book this, that was the most fun I have ever had at an audition and those people were so welcoming.” Since then, my dream of being socially accepted for dancing like a psychopath has been lived out at every opening night party. Joey Ballgame pulled me in for our softball team, and after that Factory became my permanent home.

My current gig is… playing a Witch in Macbeth at Artistic Home. After that I will be writing my play for Factory, Lametown and the Adventures of Spirit Force Five.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because… It’s our own damn space! Ours, our own, our precious!!! And it’s gonna be fancy. “I’m so fancy! You already know. We’re in the fast lane, from Avondale to Rogers Park.” …I’ll make that rhyme later.

If I had to make you listen to two albums they would be… Who the fuck listens to full albums anymore? Go make a spotify playlist and join 2015.    (ED: Get off our lawn! We’re keeping this ball, too.).

My favorite Factory memory is… When Phil [Claudnic] showed up like 4 hours late to strike, Manny [Tamayo] tore him a new asshole and everyone pissed themselves laughing for a good, straight, full 5 minutes.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a… Rye Whiskey.

Jill

A Drink With…Kim Boler

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Bartender, I’ll have a…An Angel’s Envy Bourbon on the rocks…but with one of those fancy single whiskey rocks…cuz I’m Fancy.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…Jenny & Jenni

I got involved with the Factory because…As a performer, I’m ultimately interested in telling a good story and I think the Factory has always managed to put a good story on the stage. Combine that with how well they work as a team, support like a family, and party like rock stars…I’ll drink to that!

My current/next gig is…Currently I am involved with Akvavit Theatre’s production Blue Planet  showing now at the DCASE Storefront Theatre. I will also be in the Factory’s production The Last Big Mistake which opens in January 2016….GEEZ!!! That’s so far away!!!!!

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…It’s really awesome to be so intimately involved in how your theatrical space evolves and the Factory is primed and ready. We get to build a theatrical space from scratch!!!! AND THEN PLAY ON IT!!!! I’m excited to see what we do with this new and singular opportunity and how much we can grow.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…Led Zeppelin II: my first Zeppelin album! Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique.

My favourite Factory memory is…The day that Scott OKen informed me I had been voted into the company. I was at work. And I remember being happy and all that garbage. But when I got off the bus at the end of the day and started walking west to my apartment. The sun came out and it was still a little warm and I couldn’t help but smile and there was this rat dog that was just partying on its leash and it almost felt like I was floating a little and, yeah, I may have squeezed a couple of happy tears out…man, I just felt so happy and a part of something special.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Makers Mark and Ginger Beer…mixed together…it’s delicious!

Boler

You may be cool, but you’ll never be THIS cool. That’s reserved for Kim Boler.