A Drink With…Phillip Claudnic

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Ale Asylum Ambergeddon, please!

 I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…White Trash Wedding and a Funeral remount.  I played Drew, the dopey sidekick of the Lonnie, the bad guy everyone loved to hate.  You WON’T remember me from Factory shows: Hey! Dancin’!, The League of Awesome, Easy Six, The Gray Girl, Toast of the Town (remount), ‘Namosaur!, Take the Cake, and Hotel Aphrodite.  I either managed those stages or those productions.  You MAY have seen me as a well-dressed guy, unbeknownst to you that I was pulling all the strings and pushing all the buttons.

 I got involved with the Factory because…I was interning at the Goodman when Noah Simon (Factory emeritus) was understudying.  He saw my skills and recommended me to a few companies, of which Factory sounded the most intriguing to me.  After a couple interviews I was the stage manager for Hey! Dancin’!.  When they kept asking me to come back, and I kept saying yes, it was clear that I needed to stick around with these rascals for a while.  Then they voted me into the company.  Then they picked me as Operations Manager.  Then they chose me to be the Booking Manager for the new Howard space!

My current/next gig is…I am stage managing Worthy with Adventure Stage Chicago. We open April 25th!  Then I’m taking the summer off of shows to focus on the operations and booking of our new home!!!  I will then be stage managing our very first show there, Zombie Broads!

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…The glory of Factory could no longer be contained by any space except one of our own design.  We are emerging stronger, funnier, ridiculouslier.  The Jester is polishing his shoes and cinching up his tie

 If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…Riding with the King by BB King and Eric Clapton, and Up by Great Big Sea

My favourite Factory memory is…It’s a toss up.  There was that time when Manny Tamayo screamed at me for 5 minutes for being late to strike.  I never laughed so hard in my life. Shitbird.  Jermaine Thomas and I were the only two people to see the incredible evolution of the long awkward dry hump scene in Hey! Dancin’!.  Every single show, it changed just a bit.  Sometimes longer or faster, sometimes deeper thrusts, sometimes it was so intense that no one could contain it and exploded at the same time…into laughter…exploded into laughter at the same time.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Bourbon! Rowan Creek, couple ice cubes on the side, please.

 

This is Big Time, Big Money Phil. He manages us in every damn way possible. He even feeds us, making his own sausage and kombucha. And he runs marathons. What a goddamned slacker.

This is Big Time, Big Money Phil. He manages us in every damn way possible. He even feeds us, making his own sausage and kombucha. And he runs marathons. What a goddamned slacker.

A Drink With…Matt Engle

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Wild Turkey and Ginger Ale

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

Acting-wise: Janice Dutts Goes to Life Camp, Among The Dead, ChicagoStyle, Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats, Toast of The Town, Dirty Diamonds, Being At Choice. Directing-wise: The League of Awesome, Hotel Aphrodite, The Gray Girl, and Incident on Run #1217.

 I got involved with the Factory because…They felt like my tribe. I belonged there.

 My current/next gig is…Father. Hmm, that’s an odd thing to type.

 I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…A new home, a new community, and a new era! Man, what’s not to get excited about? I can’t wait!

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…Deke Dickerson & The Eccofonics “Number One Hit Record” and Drive-By Truckers “A Blessing & A Curse”

My favourite Factory memory is…Before a performance of Top Shelf… Noah Simon, Laura McKenzie, Joe Gehr and I discovered a rooster hanging out behind the Prop Thtr. One of us (It might’ve been me. If it was, it was one of the dumbest ideas I have ever had. And, ask anyone in the Factory, I’ve had plenty of dumb ideas.) thought it’d be a great idea to chase down the rooster, capture it, and keep it in one of the basements of the Prop so that it would scare the shit out of Scott Vehill when he’d go down there. The next thing I know, I’m almost getting my eyes clawed out by an angry rooster flying at my face. There also might’ve been some high pitched screaming on my part.

 I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…A Manhattan with whisky soaked Mt. Rainier cherries.

This is Matt Engle. He would easily best you in a bar fight...because he'd throw himself down some stairs and make you think you won. Then everyone would buy him drinks. He's that awesome.

This is Matt Engle. He would easily best you in a bar fight…because he’d throw himself down some stairs and make you think you won. Then everyone would buy him drinks. He’s that awesome.

A Drink With…Greg Caldwell

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Midletons neat. Please and thank you.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…Black and Blue, and my Beatles memorabilia was featured in Mop Top Festival.

I got involved with the Factory because…When I saw my first Factory show I had never laughed so hard at a play, and yet I was jealous because the actors on stage seemed to be having even more fun than I was. I was an instant fan and every show  I saw, I experienced the same thing. The actors on stage, while taking the material seriously, were having so much fun and that invited the audience to do the same. It got to the point where I wanted to be on stage giving an audience that same experience. Thankfully after more than ten years as a fan I have that opportunity.

My current/next gig is…Assistant Directing The Last Big Mistake (Show 2 of Season 23)

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…They have a Capt’n Nemos and they make incredible sandwiches. From here on out our family will have a home to call our own and that can only make us thrive. We already have a name in the Chicago theater scene, but now everyone is going to know it.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…Jerry Lee Lewis Live At The Star Club Hamburg (you are welcome), The Rat Pack Live At The Sands (In my opinion it is the closest thing to a Factory Show on vinyl).

My favourite Factory memory is…That first joke I presented while workshopping Black and Blue. Having that joke then being added to the script. Getting cast in the show and getting to say the line to an audience and getting a laugh.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Guinness please.

This is Greg Caldwell in his natural habitat: throwback. Understand that, despite this swinger front, the kid is a teddy bear who cuddles babies to sleep.

A Drink With…Stacie Barra

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Super Dirty Martini.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…G.I.s in Europe, both runs of 1985, and Take the Cake.

I got involved with the Factory because…I wanted to make my own opportunities and write my own pieces. Also, I love having an artistic tribe of hilarious women to surround myself with…the guys are kind of funny too.

My current/next gig is…Being a new mom, acting as Casting Director for Zombie Broads, and writing, writing, writing.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…It’s my neighborhood! Rogers Park is really growing and changing, and I’m so glad that The Factory gets to be part of that…and obviously, I’m a fan of the convenience…ok, it’s really the convenience. In all seriousness, it’s amazing to have The Factory recognized for its wealth of potential. We are cooking up some wonderful things, and having our own space in such a great location will help us broaden our audience and give us a home to do finally realize some long terms goals. Get ready, Chicago. Get ready, Rogers Park.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…Beatles One: Because The Beatles are the greatest band of all time. Don’t give me lip-I know it’s a compilation and not really an album.

The Soundtrack to The Book of Mormon: Because it makes me cry with laughter every time I listen to it, and it inspires me to keep striving to write smart things.

My favourite Factory memory is…goes without saying that having my play, Take the Cake, produced and performing with my husband while pregnant with my daughter was amazing, but I also really cherish the camaraderie and fun we had in the ladies dressing room when we remounted 1985 at the DCA. Diva Cup, anyone?

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Shiner.

This is Stacie with her cowboy boots and Shiner, because Texas. But don’t let that cute smile fool you. Girl is wicked sick and quick about it. She’s Factory after all. Yeeha!

 

A Drink With…Shannon O’Neill

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Glass of 1973 Romanée-Conti Pinot Noir.

P.S. I’ll need that on the house unless you have $80K I can borrow. Thanks!

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…The Barbara Walters Interviews, Dick Danger: DJ Crime Solver, Dragontales, Janice Dutts Goes to Life Camp, Mop Top Festival, Jenny and Jenni, White Trash Wedding and a Funeral (remount).

I got involved with the Factory because…It was love at first sight. I saw White Trash in 1996 at their Loyola space in Rogers Park. I was 20 years old and couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing. I never laughed so hard or gasped as loud as I did seeing that show…again and again. I didn’t mind waiting in line late in the night, I didn’t mind holding my bladder to the point I was crying piss by the end and I didn’t even mind bolting into the alley to relieve myself if I couldn’t hold it. It was all worth it and I was hooked. Audacious, courageous and hilarious, show after show. The only theater in Chicago that knows exactly who it is and wears its heart on its sleeve with no apologies – definitely my kind of family.

My current/next gig is…Georgia Hays Patella due July 2015!

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…A company that works this hard for decades deserves to have a place we can call home. We will thrive in Rogers Park, as we did 20 years ago. What happens when Factory reintegrates into an historic north side neighborhood is the chapter in the book everyone can’t wait to read.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…Pete Fountain’s New Orleans at Midnight and 2 Live Crew’s Is What We Are.

My favourite Factory memory is…Breaking Christine Jennings and Heather Moran my first few seconds of acting on the Factory stage.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Gimme $80K I’ll switch to whatever you want, honey.

 

This is Shannon. She is awesome and probably has wine in that water bottle she's carrying.

This is Shannon. She is awesome and probably has wine in that water bottle she’s carrying.