A Drink With…Angelina Martinez

Bartender, I’ll have a…Strongbow Cider or maybe a nice Spanish red of some sort.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…As an actor: Shameless Shamuses, Mop Top Festival, and The League of Awesome. Director of Ceres and AD for Dead Wrong. Designed sets for: Bustin’ Out of the Hell, Hey! Dancin’!, 1985 (original & DCA remount), White Trash Wedding & a Funeral (20th Anniversary remount), and Street Justice: Condition Red. Most recently as the writer of Hotel Aphrodite

I got involved with the Factory because…I was taking a break from theater and was recruited (heavily) by Allison Cain. I am glad and thankful she did.

My current/next gig is…Helping Factory move into the new space and managing a four-year-old (and, no, I don’t mean Roach…)

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…If you’re fortunate to get an opportunity to have your own space to create — with the people you love like family, for others to enjoy — you should do absolutely everything you can to make that happen. Rogers Park is an awesomely diverse neighborhood and it’s great to see all of the great things developing and being a part of it. And, I have to admit that I appreciate that it’s near my house.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…I don’t know that I would force anyone to listen to anything, but I have yet to get tired of PJ Harvey: Rid of Me and Cocteau Twins: Heaven or Las Vegas

My favourite Factory memory is…Like most of us, I have a hard time picking one, but it might be a tie between (hold on, I’m breaking out the bullet points):

• Eric Roach as the Doctor in Top Shelf: ‘Check out this muther fuckin’ scene change’ OR
• Being in the audience of Hey! Dancin’! when a drunk audience member loudly questioned ‘Who wrote this shit?’ right before being escorted out OR
• During auditions for Hotel Aphrodite, after we asked people to make out with each other like out-of-control, sex- crazed loons in the most bizarre way they could think of, Matt Engle (the director) turns to me and says gleefully ‘Look at what you wrote!’

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a… glass bottle of Veuve Clicquot

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