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.