Come Together. Right Now.

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It’s all coming together RIGHT NOW. Huge changes are happening, and we’re quoting the Beatles about them, so they HAVE to be exciting.

The theater is being built as we write, we will soon have a brand new look and website, and all new shows will be rocking Rogers Park. It’s hard to keep it all this news to ourselves. So we won’t. We’re going to let some of the good stuff out so we don’t burst. For starters, here’s an exclusive look at the theater as we’re building it.

Our website is being redone for optimum Factory glory, so check back here for updates on our progress. We can’t wait to share more exciting news with you!

Please Permit Us to Say…

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We now have our Building Permit from the City of Chicago. Hooray! Hurrah! Woohooooo! Bust out the champagne and — wait.

Hang on.

This is a WONDERFUL thing. This is a milestone that we needed to reach, but we have several more before we officially open our doors. PAV licensing, inspections, building, more inspections — all of these things are part of the plan.

However, we wanted to share this beautiful sign in our window with all of you. Onward! Upward! We’re coming at you soon, Rogers Park.FactoryPublicNotice

A Drink With…Corrbette Pasko

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Bulleit Manhattan, up.

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…Top Shelf …, GIs in Europe, Siskel and Ebert Save Chicago, Ceres (Asst. Director), Bustin’ Out of the Hell, Mop Top Fesitval (understudy), Dead Wrong, The League of Awesome! (co-writer with Sara Sevigny, actor), Easy Six (understudy), ‘Namosaur! (producer), Take the Cake, 30 Days in the Rabbit Hole (co-writer with Sevigny again, actor, Abbie Hoffman Festival). I’m also the Marketing Director, but you probably don’t remember me from that. Because really, who would?

I got involved with the Factory because…I saw Rapid Fire at Abbie Fest and went to the after party (at the former Open Eye space) to say goodbye to Alexis Klossner, whom we went to see in the show. I loved and worked with both Alexis and her husband, Matt, and I had seen Alexis in Toast and Menage A Trailer. At the party, a drunk Allison Cain came up to me and said, “I’m looking for funny women. I was told to come over and talk to you.” We talked, I said I’d be at auditions the following day. Then Allison was gone. I turned to Alexis and asked what the hell I had just agreed to. “You’re gonna love it there,” she said. So. I blame her entirely for all of this.

My current/next gig is…Co-writer with Sara Sevigny (Best Writing Partner, Friend, and Crazyperson you’re ever gonna find on this earth) on Zombie Broads.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…I have a pulse. Are you kidding me? This is our space. What’s more exciting than that? We will sink or swim by this, and thank God. We deserve this chance, we deserve the work it will take to get this thing up and running. The Rogers Park community has already been so welcoming, it’s hard not to be excited about this. Also, I just moved to Rogers Park, so this is terribly convenient FOR ME.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…Stevie Wonder, “Songs in the Key of Life” and The Beatles, “Revolver.” I mean, I shouldn’t even have to tell you to do that, and yet here I am. Go. Go now.

My favourite Factory memory is…aaaahhhIcan’tpickone. So I won’t.

In an early rehearsal for Top Shelf…Nick Digilio tells me he’s added a character for me because they wanted a waitress to say the name of the restaurant the other characters were in (Vagetaria). He tells me to improv some specials. “They don’t even know me,” I thought. I had one special that destroyed the room, and we kept it for the show. The rest of the specials were pun wars with Scott OKen. Why did no one warn me about that? WHY? He once ordered “A Sgt. Pepper’s Romaine Hearts Club. Bland.” Another day, he just ordered the prop I was bringing out. “I’ll have giant pine cone.” I almost broke. Bastard.

Sevigny and I doing a very detailed pantomime of boob grabbing for all of “Let Me Roll It” backstage during Top Shelf.

Paul Metreyeon telling me a story about how a hand flew offstage during Among the Dead and “rang my chimes.” That meant hitting him the nuts. I laughed for twenty goddamned minutes.

OKen trying to break me during GIs in Europe and breaking himself instead.

Getting to both make out with and be murdered by my now husband, Scott Pasko. Separate shows.

Watching that same man run and cartwheel in a tux. Also watching him punch Roach in the face for Dead Wrong. Cain and I would fan ourselves after. Why? What is wrong with us?

All of The League of Awesome. All of it.

Learning to roller skate for Siskel and Ebert.

Getting kicked in the face learning a cartwheel for Siskel and Ebert. I learned so much, you guys.

Performing for Roger Ebert. Guess which show.

Bill Kurtis telling me he loved me madly.

Tournis simply saying, “Rubber baby” for no reason during Bustin’ and I lost it. He continued with, “If I knew it was that easy, I’d have stopped trying so hard.”

Watching Ryan Palmer kick his own goddamned foot out from under himself during a drunk rehearsal for GIs in Europe.

Sevigny and the goddamned bunny hop.

Seeing a character all the way from workshop to stage with Take the Cake.

Watching Hotel Aphrodite. Hot damn.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Revolution Anti-Hero.

A Drink With…Mike Ooi

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Woodford Reserve on the rocks

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…Mop Top Festival, 1985, Black & Blue, Ren Faire, Hitler Christmas

I got involved with the Factory because…It’s a green card situation, I think. Also, Sara Sevigny made me.

My current/next gig is…Getting Dating & Dragons ready for the stage while I write more plays, hold more readings, and look for love in the big city.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…I now live 2 train stops away, so a lot of train drinking.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles, specifically “I Choose You” on repeat, while you are tied up in a basement, staring at a mannequin wearing a wedding dress.

What do you mean, I don’t understand the question? How else do you force someone to do anything?
Fine.

I use whatever personal leverage I have over you to ensure that you listen to August and Everything After by Counting Crows, in a basement, while you stare at a mannequin wearing a wedding dress.

My favourite Factory memory is…Directing Street Justice: Condition Red. All those moments…like tears…in…rain.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a…Double Oaked Woodford Reserve on the rocks

A Drink With…Sara Sevigny

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Bartender, I’ll have a… well it’s summer, so let’s say Grey Goose Dirty Martini with blue cheese olives. Yeah, that sounds lovely.

(Editor’s Note: It was summer when she wrote it. And that drink is still delicious. It stays.)

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as… As a writer…well..co-writer with the glorious Corrbette Pasko – TELL ME SHE’S NOT GLORIOUS!
The League of Awesome! (Summer – 2010)
30 Days In the Rabbit Hole (Abbie Hoffman – 2014)
Zombie Broads (TBA)
As an actor
Rapid Fire (Abbie Hoffman)
Top Shelf Gash, wait can I say that? Ok ok. Top Shelf… Better?
Bustin’ Out of the Hell
• The League of Awesome!
• Hey! Dancin’!
• 30 Days In the Rabbit Hole (Abbie)
Stage managed Goooo! Speech Team!, produced Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats. and served as Marketing Director for a bit. What can I say, I fucking love this company.

I got involved with the Factory because… I was a stalker for many years. I had never experienced an ensemble of women that were so fearless, and dirty, and delicious, and quick-witted, and shameless, and everything in the world that I wanted to be as an artist. The men were pretty fierce, too. ~grins~

My current/next gig is… Co-writing Zombie Broads with Corrbette Pasko. It will be in The Factory Theater’s new space, and it’s zombie. I face my fears head-on for this company, bitches! I’m also currently filming a feature film, ‘The Year That Changed Us’ directed by Kyle Henry. Besides the amazing Penelope Walker and Johnny Mars, I get to be married to Antoine McKay. That’s right. BUNKY!

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because… it’s about damn time that we were back in our own space. I’ve loved all the places we’ve been able to produce, but this is crazy exciting. I mean…the ability to have your own theater space? To set your calendar based on what’s best for your company? To move into an area that is revitalizing their own arts scene? There’s nothing better than that.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be…
• Déjà Vu (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) – the whole thing. DO IT!
• Temptation (Holly Cole) – a cover album of Tom Waits. It’s everything.

My favourite Factory memory is… Guh so many…I’m pullin’ an Angie and bullet pointin’ this shit!

• Enjoy Lawsuits! (Walker in Top Shelf…) Well okay pretty much everything with that show but most especially back stage – the boob dance that Corri and I did every night during the romantic dance OKen and Erin were having on stage. We’ll show you if you ask.
• Trying to break Corri every time I came out as an Apostle Roberta in Bustin’ – especially the bunny hop.
• Eat it and Die – (Hey! Dancin’) and also any time I was able to yell at Anderson in that show.
• Slow motion running in League. Everything.
• ‘Look! Noodles!’ and ‘No! Nooo way’ ~wipes hands~ ‘Now that THAT’s taken care of’ (Jon Sevigny in ‘Namosaur!)
• The Merkin Jason Lubow forced me to wear in Rapid Fire for the streaking bit.
• Every single bit of White Trash Wedding and a Funeral, The League of Awesome, Hotel Aphrodite, and Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a… Factory Red. Wait, we don’t get those anymore? Then a Bulleit Manhattan. Just one. Then, switch to a Laguanita’s Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’. Mmmm. Delicious.

A Drink With…CW van Baale

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Bartender, I’ll have a…Vanilla Coke

I’m SURE you remember me from such Factory shows as…Here Comes a Regular, Top Shelf Gash, The Willing Participant, GIs in Europe, Operation Infiltration, Janice Dutts Goes to Life Camp, Siskel and Ebert Save Chicago, RenFaire! A fistful of Ducats, Dead Wrong, The League of Awesome, Black and Blue, ‘Namosaur, Take the Cake

It’s ok if you don’t remember from these shows, since you likely didn’t see me. I build/fix/finagle/rig/enable the tech elements of the shows.

I got involved with the Factory because…they needed help programming lights for Here Comes A Regular, and I was able to get everything up and running. I knew some of the ensemble already, so I stuck around

My current/next gig is…a piece I have not yet discovered.

I give a shit about our move to Rogers Park because…it’s the first neighborhood I lived in when I moved to Chicago and it needs some Factory fun. The place was “up and coming” when I arrived and left, but Factory will help keep the place on the right track. Also, it will be great to have our own place.

If I had to force you to listen to 2 albums, they would be… “Aenima” by Tool and “Even Worse” by Weird Al Yankovic

My favourite Factory memory is…my first memory of the company. I was in Chicago on a college trip in 1995 and we were looking for a show to see in our free time. The guy at the Hot Tix recommended we see “Bitches”, so we got tickets. Not only did it feature our Hot Tix vendor as the homicidal mother of a cheerleader, it was also a funny, timely, and innovative show that was unlike anything I had seen before.

I’m switching drinks, I’ll have a… chocolate milk.

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!

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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.