A Drink With…Anthony Tournis

Bartender, I’ll have a…Jack Daniels. Rocks. Leave the bottle.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as… Black and Blue, Street Justice: Condition Red, Take The Cake, Toast of the Town, Dead Wrong, Operation Infiltration, Top Shelf, Siskel and Ebert Save Chicago, Hey! Dancin!, Bustin’ out of the Hell, G.I.s In Europe, and Easy Six.

I got involved with the Factory because…This is the funniest bunch of people on the face of the Earth. Every opportunity I get to work with these people is a privilege. The work environment is beyond supportive and everyone is open to trying new things…not many places like that anywhere.

My current/next gig is…I’m taking some time to raise a human and to teach kids how to think good.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…It is in my neighborhood. It is easily accessible by public transportation, but most importantly IT IS OUR SPACE!!!!! I have a lot of fond memories of the Prop, but this is a place where the Factory can hang their hat. It also puts us on the hook to up our game so we keep the doors open. I think you will see the Factory really bloom in our new space. Plus, seriously, I live right down the street.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be… Led Zeppelin (Self titled), Van Halen (self titled)

My favourite Factory memory is…I guess it would be during a rehearsal for Operation Infiltration. We had an actor with a prosthetic leg, and I was one of a select group that knew about it. There was a part in the show where his leg was snapped and twisted around. It was fairly simple to do with the prosthetic and it made for a great effect. After we blocked it, we did it in front of the cast…who had no idea about the leg. Needless to say when they saw it, there were people who FREAKED out. Faces went pale, screams were audible, and people had to leave the room. It was amazing to be on the inside of that joke.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Steak Sandwich

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