What is The Factory?

Right after saving a multitude of puppies and nuns from a burning bus en route to an orphanage, The Factory Theater decided that creating shows would be even more rewarding than heroism.

That would be an awesome story. Truth is, most Chicagoans created theater companies because they didn’t want to wait for the right kind of shows to appear – they wanted to make them. The Factory was no exception to this rule, but they took it a step or ten further. The Factory was going to create their shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they wanted to do.

Almost 25 seasons later, the formula seems to be working. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, the process ensures The Factory shows are a unique experience that fits their exacting standards: Original, Bold, and Full-Tilt. The shameless ensemble are ambassadors of a good time, making certain that Chicago remains heartily entertained.

Yeah, this is a better story than that burning bus. Trust.

May we all just take a moment and agree that the Factory Theater is a goddamn Chicago treasure?

Time Out Chicago

It's a happy day for Chicago theater when the folks at the Factory get trashy and stupid.

Chicago Reader

Sometimes we need a fun throwback. With a big bag of silicone dicks. And the Factory Theater delivers.

Critics' Pick, Four Stars, Time Out Chicago

Press Release

The Factory Theater is proud to announce its 25th anniversary season of world premieres, and its third season at its Rogers Park home, beginning with Mike Ooi’s Captain Steve’s Caring Kingdom, opening October 27. This twistedly fun season takes audiences down a dark path full of talking animals, grunge rock, cheerleaders, and an evil stick. 

If that isn’t enough to take in, Artistic Director Scott OKen is stepping down out of his 12-year role to be part of the ensemble. Long-time ensemble members Stacie Barra and Manny Tamayo will take the reins together as co-Artistic Directors at the end of the upcoming season. Season 25 has a lot of strange and wonderful surprises in store.



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