A Drink With…Manny Tamayo

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Bartender, I’ll have a…One of those $2 Bartender’s Special Beers. Shit, gimmie 2.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…The Willing Participant, Lab Rats, Dick Danger – DJ Crime Solver
(Editor’s Note: And Menage A Trailer, GIs in Europe, Top Shelf Gash, Toast of the Town (Original), Easy Six, 1985, The Lonesome Hoboes, Here Comes a Regular, Among the Dead…and more. He also wrote Operation Infiltration, Dead Wrong, and Incident on Run 1217. The guy is busy.)

I got involved with the Factory because…Nick Digilio told me I would get along with those guys. “They drink like YOU.”

My current/next gig is…Directing the “Soon to be Factory Classic”, THE LAST BIG MISTAKE.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…It’s about time we moved into our own space. It’s also about time we did something for the community. It’s win-win (NO RISK) = we force ourselves to grow up and get what we want in the process.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS – Derek and the Dominos (1970) When Clapton was still GOD and before Duane Allman danced the Obituary Mambo with a Flatbed Truck. This shit is the real deal. If you don’t own it, you must not enjoy Rock and Roll. No exceptions.

My favourite Factory memory is…The time Chas Vrba shot a man…..just for snorin’ too loud.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…A shot of Old Granddad. Fill it over the line…..this ain’t my first Rodeo!


A Drink With…Carrie “Sully” Sullivan

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Bartender, I’ll have a… carafe of wine. YES A CARAFE shut up.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…If you actually remember me from a Factory show, I’ll be impressed! I’ve only graced the Factory stage a handful of times: Mop Top Festival (a Beatles-themed show? I HAD to), Shameless Shamuses (they needed someone who could shred a blow-up guitar, which I just happen to have a PhD in from Harvard), and I went in as an understudy for Siskel and Ebert Save Chicago (always there when needed). I think that’s it. I also wrote The Guardians of Rock for 2012’s Abbie Hoffmann Festival. I really enjoyed penning a play and hope to do more of it when I get more time… someday…

I got involved with the Factory because…I GOT FOOLED! But seriously… I worked with Angelina Martinez at Jam Theatricals back in 2001 and she needed a Stage Manager for a show that her company, Hi-Volt Theatre (RIP), was doing. Our boss at the time suggested I’d be a good SM. Angie asked me to do it and I said, “Sure! Um, what do I have to do?” and from there I SM’d my first show and eventually met Allison Cain, who hired me to ASM Among the Dead. After working on that show – which was a huge hit – I was hooked by Factory’s tenacious dedication to original work, irreverent style and familial atmosphere. Now I can’t imagine NOT doing original plays with these knuckleheads.

My current/next gig is…Sleep!

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…My goodness, where to start?! From a business perspective, I anticipate taking Factory to the next level, and aim to grow our budgets on all fronts, from operations to administration to production. I also find being able to create and develop a leadership role in the community to be a formidable challenge and incredible opportunity for us. The outpouring of support has already been overwhelming and we haven’t even opened our doors yet!

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…”Magical Mystery Tour” by a band you may have heard of….
and, oh, what the hell, “Siamese Dream.”

My favourite Factory memory is…You can’t make me pick!! But! A short list:

• Ebert coming to opening night of Siskel and Ebert
• The opening dance number in Top Shelf…
• The opening credits in Siskel and Ebert
• The moment Scott OKen and I looked at each other and realized that this crazy plan for a space in Rogers Park might actually work
• Every time I stand at the back of a packed house who’s loving one of our shows; when I can hear people laughing their heads off, and I can see the joy of pure entertainment on their faces… knowing that I was instrumental to creating that moment… I never get tired of that one. Yeah. That one’s the best. Every time.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a… More wine. MORE WINE. When I switch…. bad things happen. Just… trust me on that one.

A Drink With…Jermaine Edward Thomas

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Long Island

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…Mop Top Festival, 1985, Dead Wrong, Easy Six, The League of Awesome, Black and Blue, Hey! Dancin’!, Toast of the Town (remount), Street Justice, and most recently, Take the Cake.

I got involved with the Factory because…Joe Gehr asked if I would assistant stage manage a show called Mop Top Festival. I accepted the job and enjoyed working on the production. I continued to ASM and SM different shows with Factory over the years. One lovely year, I was overjoyed to join the ranks of the ensemble.

My current/next gig is…working on Zombie Broads.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…it is pretty thrilling to begin this new chapter in Factory’s history. It’s exciting to have our own space to call home after all these years. I’m looking forward to getting to know the community in Rogers Park. It’s been pretty awesome to see how welcoming they have been for to us join the area.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…”The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd and “Stop Making Sense” by the Talking Heads.

My favourite Factory memory is…in the middle a performance of Hey! Dancin’! an obnoxious drunk guy is sitting right in front of the booth. He is commenting on everything happening on stage pretty loudly. When Phil got a chance, he politely taps the guy and tells him to be quiet. He does for a little bit and then he shouts out at some point, “Who wrote this shit?!” At that point, the box office guys had to come in to escort him out. He didn’t leave quietly, and he wanted pick a fight with them.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Jameson neat.

A Drink With…Mike “Beav” Beyer

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Bartender, I’ll have a…“HEY, RICHIE! WHERE’S MY COKE?”

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…Attack of the Killer B’s, Bitches, Hooray!, My Period, Alive, Win Place Or Show, Here Comes A Regular (the Chicago Trilogy) White Trash Wedding And A Funeral, Being At Choice, Preying Manthis, Herb Stabler, Surface Dwellers, Gooooooo Speech Team!, Toast Of The Town, Dirty Diamonds, Hey! Dancin’! (co-writer)….AND MANY, MANY MORE!!!!

I got involved with the Factory because…My roommate Kirk got cast in Reefer Madness. Sean Abley was writing Attack of the Killer B’s and they needed someone to play Jason. My superior audition as a power-drill wielding psychopath got me the part!! (I stayed at the Factory after I read the script for Bitches)

My current/next gig is…I wrote Backstage Genesis, which tells the REAL story behind one of our world’s most important musical acts. Once this gets fleshed out into the fourteen-hour epic that such a tale deserves, the script will be presented to the Factory powers that be for staging and presentation. Suck on that, All Our Tragic! [Editor’s Note: The opinions and horrible script ideas of Mike “Beav” Beyer do not necessarily reflect those of The Factory Theater. We don’t have the attention span.]

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…This is a space that WE CONTROL! We aren’t beholden to anyone for the first time in a while, and that’s exciting. We are FLUSH WITH CASH right now. [Editor’s Note: WE ARE?!] Combined with our particular brand of quality stage entertainment, we will rule the Howard Street/Rogers Park area, and continue our unchecked dominance of the Chicago theatrical scene for the next two decades, at least.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…
Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”
Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin”
My son’s YouTube channel.

My favourite Factory memory is…ALL THE GREAT PERFORMANCES….here are but a few:
o Mike Mazzara and Brooke Dillman in Being At Choice
o Laura McKenzie, Anthony Tournis in Toast Of The Town
o Mike Meredith in Alive
o Steve Walker, Scott OKen in Preying Manthis
o Sean Patrick Leonard in Incident on Run 1217
o Manny Tamayo in Lonesome Hoboes
o Heather Tyler in Dirty Diamonds
o Chas Vrba in Siskel & Ebert Save Chicago
o Molly Brennan in Battle Axe Betty
o Jennifer Pompa, Matt Engle in Ren Faire
o Amy Seeley in Amy Seeley And The Moline Madman
o THE WHOLE ENSEMBLE in Nuclear Family
o Matt O’Neill in Vinyl Shop
o Dan Granata, Wm Bullion in The League Of Awesome!
o Jenny Laffey in The Barbara Walters Interviews
o Nick Digilio, Scott OKen, Sean Abley, Molly Brennan, Joey Meyer, Robyn Coffin in White Trash Wedding And A Funeral
o Shannon O’Neill in Jenny and Jenni
o Kirk Pynchon in Man Card
o Eric Roach in Top Shelf…
o And Tim Amos – the Kurt Russell of the Factory

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Water…..on the ROCKS.