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Thursday, September 22, 2022

REVIEW: World Premiere of The HOA At The Factory Theater September 9 - October 20, 2022

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THE FACTORY THEATER ANNOUNCES CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF 

THE HOA 

SEPTEMBER 9 - OCTOBER 20 

WRITTEN BY ANGELINA MARTINEZ AND DIRECTED BY CHRISTY ARINGTON



Guest Review 
by Catherine Hellmann

“We have to devolve to evolve,” proclaims Syd, the President of the HOA and guru of health, therapy, and mindfulness. Syd seems the local expert on all matters in this odd close-knit community that is not what it seems. If a neighbor needs a handyman, Syd “knows a guy.” Yardwork? Syd has someone he can recommend. Need happy pills to get through daily living?? Syd is certainly your connection for that…  and apparently he’s providing for everyone. 


Cassie and Steve are a happily married couple who move to this strange new town after Steve lands an incredible promotion. Cassie loved her job developing pharmaceuticals, but she has stepped back on her own career momentarily while Steve settles in at his new position. He assures her that she doesn’t have to find employment if she doesn’t want to, they can afford their lifestyle without her job. But Cassie finds fulfillment through work. Strangely, all the other women in their subdivision are full-time homemakers, all of them having left successful careers behind, including Daphne who’d been a neurosurgeon. Huh?? Who walks away from being a neurosurgeon?? Things don’t make sense in this eerily Stepford-Wives World. 


The women are introduced as “belonging” to their husbands. “She belongs to Brent.” Hmmm… Every couple is in counseling. The women assume that Cassie’s big news is that she’s pregnant when she is about to announce she has found a new job; their enthusiasm is dimmed with the career advancement over the possibility of motherhood. It feels very retro, but not in a good way. Things are just…really “off.”   


Jennifer Betancourt as Cassie and Andrew Cawley as Steve really shine in their roles. I felt for Cassie as she begins to seriously question her marriage and her sanity. The large cast for this tiny space does a wonderful job. Even the scene changes got laughs as the fairy-like silly music prompted the actresses to wisk away furniture and props in an animated fashion.


Eric Frederickson as Syd has a great presence domineering all of the residents. He has to be larger than life for all of the influence he controls over his neighborhood association.


The set is awesome, and I love this theater. It’s impressive how such a big cast navigates the allotted room. The night I attended, I think the audience was comprised of the actors’ friends and family. While it is lovely to be supportive, the woman next to me acted like it was an interactive show. A character asked a question onstage, and she answered a response out loud.What the hell. It took all my self-control to not tell this woman to shut up…and I really credit the actress for not being thrown off in her performance. 


This is a great show in a truly Chicago-style storefront. Go support them. And---Be sure to wear your black spandex bike shorts. You’ll fit right in. 


Catherine Hellmann is a self-proclaimed “theater whore,” who teaches at a charter school where she can look at the Chagall mosaic during lunch. She loves that. She lives in Rogers Park, and the 49B bus driver is her new best friend.   



The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., is proud to announce the cast and creative team for the first production in its 28th season, the world premiere of The HOA, September 9 - October 20, written by Angelina Martinez and directed by Christy Arington. The new season begins with an The HOA Launch Party, Thursday, Aug. 11 from 7 - 10 p.m. Previews for The HOA are Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. We'll be out for the Press Opening Sept. 16th so check back shortly for our full review. The performance schedule is Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets for HOA are $25 and may be purchased through the Box Office by calling 866-811-4111 or by visiting TheFactoryTheater.com

The HOA tells the story of two successful professionals, Cassie and Steve, moving to a new city after Steve receives a promotion. Their new neighbors seem nice, but it becomes clear to Cassie that something is really out of the ordinary. See what happens when a local couple finds their dream home in a neighborhood that’s not quite right.

The HOA cast includes Jennifer Betancourt~ (Cassie), Andrew Cawley (Steve), Moira Begale (Stephanie), Eric Frederickson✝ (Syd), Erin Stewart (Colleen), Ben Veatch (Brent), Devri Chism (Barb), Chase Wheaton-Werle~ (Max), Brittany Ellis (Maddie), Reginald Hemphill (Patrick), Ashley Yates~ (Daphne), TBD (Shawn), Sydney Back (Cassie U/S), Cooper Bohn (Steve U/S), Hilary Sanzel (Stephanie U/S), Daniel Vaughn (Syd U/S), Erika Rose (Colleen/Maddie U/S), Colin Jackson (Brent/Patrick U/S), April Lowery (Barb/Daphne U/S) and Ryan Blanchard (Max/Shawn U/S).

The HOA production team includes Angelina Martinez** (playwright), Christy Arington (director), Melissa Golden (associate director), Lindsey Chidester (stage manager), Rose Hamill (production manager), AJ Morely (set design and props), C.W. van Baale~  (master electrician), Pete Dully (lighting and projections design) and Jessica Van Winkle (costume design).

~ denotes Factory Ensemble

✝ denotes Factory Artistic Associate

**Denotes Factory Theater Ensemble Emeritus

Pronoun Key: + (he/him/his); * (she/her/hers); ^ (they, them, theirs). = (any with respect)


ABOUT ANGELINA MARTINEZ, PLAYWRIGHT

Angelina Martinez is a proud Factory emeritus member. In addition to playwriting, she has been an actor, director and set designer (not all at the same time) for several productions during her tenure with the company. She has also done these types of activities for other theater companies as well. She might possibly do any of these things again in the future. 


ABOUT THE FACTORY THEATER

For more than 25 years, the Factory has created its shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they wanted to do. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, Factory shows are a unique experience that fits its exacting standards: original, bold, and full-tilt. Its shameless ensemble are ambassadors of a good time, making certain that Chicago remains heartily entertained.

The Factory Theater,1623 W. Howard St., begins its 28th season with the world premiere of The HOA, September 9 - October 20, written by Angelina Martinez and directed by Christy Arington. Previews are Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. The Press Opening is Friday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. and the performance schedule is Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets for The HOA  are $25 and may be purchased through the Box Office by calling 866-811-4111 or by visiting TheFactoryTheater.com

Sunday, March 6, 2022

OPENING: LAST NIGHT IN KARAOKE TOWN MARCH 25 - APRIL 30th, 2022

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THE FACTORY THEATER ANNOUNCES ITS LIVE RETURN OF 

THE 2020 HIT 

LAST NIGHT IN KARAOKE TOWN,

MARCH 25 - APRIL 30





The Factory Theater is Back with America’s First-Ever Tribute to Cleveland 

in a Return to Stage Remount of its Acclaimed Comedy 

Written by Mike Beyer and Kirk Pynchon and directed by Kim Boler


The Factory Theater,1623 W. Howard St., is pleased to announce the LIVE return of its hit production, Last Night in Karaoke Town, March 25-April 30. Written by Mike Beyer and Kirk Pynchon and directed by Kim Boler, the original run was ended during its run in spring 2020 due to COVID and the Factory is thrilled to remount the only known tribute to Cleveland in the history of American theater this fall to relaunch its space and to welcome its audiences back to Howard Street. Previews are Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. 

The regular performance schedule is Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets for Last Night in Karaoke Town are $10 - $25 and may be purchased through the Box Office by calling 866-811-4111 or by visiting TheFactoryTheater.com

One of Cleveland’s oldest karaoke bars may have to close its doors forever, unless its long-time proprietor can convince the new building owner not to change it into a cider bar. With a neighborhood slowly gentrifying around them, the longtime patrons embark on a plan to keep their beloved watering hole intact. It all comes down to one final night, where the beer flows freely and the karaoke soars higher than Steve Perry’s vocals on “Don’t Stop Believin’.” 

Last Night in Karaoke Town during its original run was Jeff nominated and garnered rave reviews, including Katy Walsh of TheFourthWalsh.com who said “It’s a fun evening—Cleveland-style!” and Amy Munice of PictureThisPost.com who called it "A collection of diverse personalities that bond around music, shots and beer for whom you instantly feel affection." In addition to being Chicago Reader Recommended, Max Maller said Last Night in Karaoke Town is “A raucous showdown between the dual opposing forces of innovation and authenticity.”

The Cast for the 2022 Production includes Wendy Hayne* (Diana), Ashley Yates* (Shannon), Genna Ellis* (Audrey), Gabriella Fernandez* (Lily), Abbie Warhus* (Fran), Jillian Leff* (Shawn), Brittney Brown* (Evelyn), Vic Kuligoski+ (Brad), Michael Jones+ (Ted), Bob Pantalone+ (Miles), Chase Wheaton-Werle+ (Kenny), Amber Washington* (Avery), Hilary Sanzel* (Diana U/S), Tuesdai B. Perry*^ (Avery U/S), Theresa Liebhart* (Lily/Audrey U/S), Lizzy Mosher* (Fran/Evelyn/Shawn U/S), Marshall Kious+ (Ted/Miles U/S), Marisa Lerman* (Shannon U/S).

Pronoun Key: + (he/him/his); * (she/her/hers); ^ (they, them, theirs). = (any with respect)


ABOUT MIKE BEYER

Mike Beyer is a current ensemble member at the Factory Theater and has been with the company since its inception. He is the author/co-author of several past Factory plays, including White Trash Wedding and a Funeral (with Bill Havle), Hey! Dancin’! (with Kirk Pynchon), Hey! Dancin’! Hey! Musical! (also with Kirk Pynchon), Dirty Diamonds, and Herb Stabler: Wandering Spirit. Beyer has also appeared in several Factory productions, and makes his home in Chicago. 

ABOUT KIRK PYNCHON

Kirk Pynchon is a Factory Theater emeritus ensemble member, having been with the Factory since the early '90s. Over the years he has written several successful plays for the Factory, including Man Card, Poppin' and Lockdown, Poppin' and Lockdown 2: Dance the Right Thing, Hey! Dancin'! (with Mike Beyer), and Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical! (also with Mike Beyer). Pynchon lives in Los Angeles and is the Managing Editor of a small media firm. He is also a co-host of the indie podcasts Music Raygun and Nostalgicast.

ABOUT KIM BOLER 

Kim Boler has been an ensemble member of the Factory Theater since 2015 and will be making her Chicago directorial debut with Last Night in Karaoke Town. She has also appeared as an actor in numerous Factory productions: Zombie Broads, Jenny & Jenni, The Last Big Mistake and Fight City.

ABOUT THE FACTORY THEATER

For more than 25 years, the Factory has created its shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they wanted to do. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, Factory shows are a unique experience that fits its exacting standards: original, bold, and full-tilt. Its shameless ensemble are ambassadors of a good time, making certain that Chicago remains heartily entertained.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

OPENING: World Premiere of The Next Big Thing Via The Factory Theater Through 4/21/18

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THE FACTORY THEATER ANNOUNCES THE SECOND PRODUCTION IN ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON, 
CARRIE J. SULLIVAN’S 
THE NEXT BIG THING, 
MARCH 9 – APRIL 21, 2018


Company Member Carrie J. Sullivan Takes Audiences Back to the Late 90s When Grunge Rock Was King and It Was A Long Way to the Top for Those with a Dream of Rock ‘n’ Roll Fame


The Factory Theater presents the second production of its 25th anniversary season, the world premiere of The Next Big Thing, playing at the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., March 9 – April 21, 2018. The new play is written by Company Member and Managing Director Carrie J. Sullivan and directed by Company Member Robyn Coffin. Previews are Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. 

Opening night is Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m. The regular run, March 16 – April 21, is Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for student and seniors during previews, $10 for general admission during previews, $18 for students and seniors and $25 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased by visiting TheFactoryTheater.com.

Grunge. The internet. Auto-tune. It was all happening – and about to happen – in 1997. For 19 year-old Beth Peterson, shaking the dust off her small town life to pursue a career in rock ‘n’ roll is a dream-come-true. In The Next Big Thing, audiences find out if Beth can navigate her new world and are witness to the harsh realities of the city, the industry and adulthood.


The cast for The Next Big Thing includes: Mary Jo Bolduc (Alex), Raj Bond (Toby), Blake Dalzin (Mike and Marilyn Manson), Nick Freed (Steve), Allison Grischow (Beth), Kiayla Ryabb (Monica), Tim Newell (Clive) and Jake Szczpaniak (Evan and Beck). Understudies include Stacie Barra+, Spenser Davis+, Elleon Dobias and Ava Gong.

The creative and production team for The Next Big Thing includes: Greg Caldwell+ (production manager), Robyn Coffin+(director), Alan Donahue (set designer), David Goodman-Edberg (lighting designer), Christine Jennings+ (properties designer), Jason Moody+ (assistant director/musical director), Gary Nocco (costumes), Scott OKen+ (assistant director), Carrie J. Sullivan+ (playwright), John Syzmanski (sound designer), Jermaine Thomas+ (stage manager), CW Van Baale+ (master electrician) and Maureen Yasko (intimacy coach).

+Factory Theater company member

About Carrie J. Sullivan, playwright
Carrie J. Sullivan has been a proud company member of The Factory since 2004, and Managing Director since 2007. She is beyond thrilled and a little terrified to see her first full-length play come to life on the stage of The Factory's new home on Howard Street in Rogers Park. Past writing credits include a one-act play for a bygone Abbie Hoffmann Festival called The Guardians of Rock, and many, many grants. She is also thrilled to name-drop her home town and remains a fiercely proud Yooper. 

About Robyn Coffin, director
Robyn Coffin is delighted to be making her feature length, directorial debut at her Factory home where she has been an ensemble member since 2012. Coffin has worked with Haven Theatre, Silent Theatre, Fine Print, Crew of Patches and Raven. You can see her as Cindy Herrmann on NBC's Chicago Fire. Occasionally you'll spot her in a whacky commercial, a cool film or more fun tv shows. 



About The Factory Theater
For almost 25 years, The Factory has created its shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they wanted to do. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, Factory shows are a unique experience that fits its exacting standards: original, bold, and full-tilt. Its shameless ensemble is ambassadors of a good time, making certain that Chicago remains heartily entertained.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

OPENING: CAPTAIN STEVE’S CARING KINGDOM AT THE FACTORY THEATER 10/27-12/9/17

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THE FACTORY THEATER ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST SHOW OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON, 
MIKE OOI’S CAPTAIN STEVE’S CARING KINGDOM,
OCTOBER 27 – DECEMBER 9


**not suitable for children**

Company Member Mike Ooi Writes and Directs the Production that Delves Behind the Scenes into What Happens to the Land Frequented by a Popular Children’s TV Show Host When He’s Not There

The Factory Theater presents the first production of its 25th anniversary season, the world premiere of Captain Steve’s Caring Kingdom, playing at the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., October 27 – December 9. The new play is both written and directed by Company Member Mike Ooi. Previews are Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. The regular run, November 3 – December 9, is Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for previews, $18 for students and seniors and $25 for general admission. 

Tickets may be purchased through the Box Office by calling 866.811.4111 or by visiting TheFactoryTheater.com.

Everyone is familiar with the host of a children’s show visiting a land filled with talking animals and puppets. What happens when the host isn’t around? Do the animals also go to jobs they hate? Are they struggling to save their relationships? Do they have issues they can’t seem to fix? The Factory Theater takes a glimpse into the lives of the residents of Captain Steve’s caring kingdom, in a new story not suitable for children.

The cast for Captain Steve’s Caring Kingdom includes: Christy Arington (Shakes and Frankie), Jennifer Betancourt (Meowser and Ronnie), Greg Caldwell (Dr. Stork), Blake Dalzin (Squeals), Brittany Ellis (Ellie Phant), Chris Hainsworth (Beaky), Dan Krall (The Fattie/Donnie), Topher Leon (Busby), Scott OKen (OK Bear), Michael Reyes (Turv the Perv), Sarah Scanlon (Allamis Morrison), Christopher M. Walsh (Mookie/The King) and Rebecca Wolfe (Nellie Phant/Grimby).

Understudies include Phil Claudnic, Morgan Gire, Lydie Hiller, (U/S Allamis, Shakes/Frankie, Meowser/Ronnie), Brian Kulaga, Andrew Rodriguez (Dr. Stork, Busby), Allie Romano (Ellie Phant), Anthony Tournis (Beaky) and Ashley Yates (The Fattie/Donnie).

The production team for Captain Steve’s Caring Kingdom includes: Mike Ooi, director and playwright; Mandy Walsh, assistant director; Jeremy Hollis, scenic designer; Meghan Erxleben, lighting designer; Rachel Sypniewski, costume designer; Gary Nocco, co-costume designer; Caleb Awe, assistant costume designer; Chas Vrba, sound designer; Ann Sonneville, prop designer; Jill Frederickson, puppet designer; R&D Choreography: Rick Gilbert and Victor Bayona, violence design; Monica M. Brown, stage manager and Timothy C. Amos, production manager.

About Mike Ooi, playwright and director

For the Factory, Ooi directed Street Justice:Condition Red (2013) and wrote Dating & Dragons (2016). Ooi has also worked as an actor, stage manager, and in other aspects for Lifeline Theatre, AdventureStage, ETD, Strawdog, The House Theatre of Chicago, and The Hypocrites. TV credits include NBC’s Chicago Fire. He is a proud company member of the Factory Theater and is represented by Paonessa Talent.

About The Factory Theater
For almost 25 years, The Factory has created its shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they wanted to do. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, Factory shows are a unique experience that fits its exacting standards: original, bold, and full-tilt. Its shameless ensemble is ambassadors of a good time, making certain that Chicago remains heartily entertained.

The Factory Theater presents the first production of its 25th anniversary season, the world premiere of Captain Steve’s Caring Kingdom, playing at the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., October 27 – December 9. The new play is both written and directed by Company Member Mike Ooi. Previews are Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. The regular run, November 3 – December 9, is Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for previews, $18 for students and seniors and $25 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased through the Box Office by calling 866.811.4111 or by visiting TheFactoryTheater.com. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

OPENING: World Premiere of Born Ready at The Factory Theater 3/17-4/29

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THE FACTORY THEATER PRESENTS 
BORN READY,
MARCH 17 – APRIL 29


The Factory Theater presents the world premiere of Born Ready. Written by Stacie Barra and directed by Wm. Bullion, Born Ready runs March 17 – April 29 at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. Previews are Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. 

Regular performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for preview performances and $25 for regular run. Tickets may be purchased through Box Office by calling 866.811.4111 or by visiting http://www.thefactorytheater.com.

Marion Kroft, an aging former child film actor turned variety show star in the 1950s, is desperate to get back into the public’s eye and show business. Harriet is a new young dancer who befriends Marion and the pair quickly becomes a smash comedy duo, but the truth behind their scenes may not be as funny. 

The cast for Born Ready includes: Eleanor Katz (Marion), Timothy C. Amos (Sam), Clara Byczkowski (Harriet), Rachel Craig (Betty), Amee Binder (Lois), Libby Conkle (Shirley), Harrison Weger (Kit), David Cady Jr. (Gil), Tim Newell (Byron), Michael Reyes (Neville/Ensemble), Mandy Walsh (Evelyn), Allison Cain (Dottie), Eric Roach (Announcer), Jennifer Betancourt (Girl/Pat/Reporter/Ensemble) and Nathaniel Fishburn (Ensemble). Understudies are Julia Beck, DJ Gierhart, Suzy Krueckeberg and Lila M. Whitney.

The production team for Born Ready includes Christy Arington (props design),
Eric Backus (sound design), Stacie Barra (playwright), Wm. Bullion (director), Greg Caldwell (assistant director), Ernie Deak (production manager), Andria Emerick (dance choreography) Morgan Gire (stage manager), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (costume design), Eric Luchen (set design), Rachel Markunas (assistant stage manager) Tobi Mattingly (music director), Jon Steinhagen (composer), David Trudeau (lighting design) and C.W. van Baale (master electrician).

About Stacie Barra, playwright
Stacie Barra is a Factory Theater ensemble member having performed in Factory’s GI’s in Europe, 1985 and Take the Cake. In addition to Factory, her area credits include work with Lifeline Theatre, The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Stockyards' Theatre Project and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy to name a few.

About Wm. Bullion, director
Wm. Bullion is a Factory Theater ensemble member and has been a professional director in Chicago for over 25 years. His most recent full project was directing David Cerda’s masterpiece Scream, Queen Scream! with Hell in a Handbag Productions. Before joining The Factory ensemble in 2016, he was a member of Akvavit Theatre, directing its hit U.S. premiere of Andri Snær Magnason’s Blue Planet, the Midwest/Chicago premiere of Jon Fosse’s A Summer’s Day and created the original burlesque satire Pippi’s Lost Stockings: A Skirt Raiser. Bullion is director of programs with DirectorsLabChicago, an artist-service organization dedicated to emerging directors and is a graduate of UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television.

About The Factory Theater
For almost 25 years, The Factory has created its shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they wanted to do. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, Factory shows are a unique experience that fits its exacting standards: original, bold, and full-tilt. Its shameless ensemble are ambassadors of a good time, making certain that Chicago remains heartily entertained.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar: Shakespeare's Cymbeline at Strawdog Theatre Company

STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S CYMBELINE
JANUARY 13 - FEBRUARY 25 AT FACTORY THEATER

Director Robert Kauzlaric Makes his Strawdog Directorial Debut with Shakespeare’s Dark Fairy Tale Filled with Hidden Identities, Extraordinary Schemes and Violent Acts 

Strawdog Theatre Company's second production in its 2016 - 2017 season, William Shakespeare’s CymbelIne, running now through February 25, 
directed by Robert Kauzlaric 
and performed at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. 



It's been a whirlwind year so far for Chicago's theatre scene and sometimes there's just too much of a good thing and multiple press nights happen simultaneously. Since I haven't mastered the art of cloning quite yet, we're finally getting out to see Shakespeare's Cymbeline at Strawdog Theatre Company tonight. It's been near the top of our must see list since it opened the final week of January. 

The performance schedule is Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. All performances have ground level access and are wheelchair accessible.

An industry performance is Monday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. for $18. Regular run tickets $30, they may be ordered online or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. 

Shakespeare’s Cymbeline has all the vicious insults, bloody blades, cross-dressed ladies and compromised bedchambers that has made the Bard famous. It is also a no-holds-barred epic, a dark fairy tale set off by a king's rash verdict and a princess who won't stand for her man's wrongful banishment. The acclaimed director of Lifeline Theatre's Hunger and Irish Theatre of Chicago's The White Road, recently seen onstage in Strawdog’s production of The Arsonists, makes his directing debut with the company.

Cast includes ensemble members Dan Cobbler, Scott Danielson, Andres Enriquez, Sarah Goeden, Sam Hubbard, Jose Nateras, Daniella Pereira, Michaela Petro, Shane Rhoades, Brandon Saunders, Dwight Sora, Gage Wallace.

The Cymbeline production team also includes Strawdog Company Ensemble Members Jordan Kardasz, lighting designer; Brittany Dee Bodley in addition to Robert Kauzlaric, director; Spencer Ryan Diedrick, assistant director; Alan Donahue, set designer and props designer; Andrew Hansen, sound designer; Matt Hawkins, fight choreographer; Emily Loppolo, assistant stage manager and Becca Levy, stage manager.

ABOUT ROBERT KAUZLARIC, DIRECTOR
Robert Kauzlaric is a Chicago based director and actor who appeared in Strawdog’s Season 27 production of The Arsonists. Recent directing credits include As You Like It, The Rivals (Wilde nomination: Best Play), Cymbeline (Wilde Award: Best of the Bard), She Stoops to Conquer, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Wilde Award: Best of the Bard), and Tartuffe for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival; the world premiere of Karen Tarjan’s The White Road for Irish Theatre of Chicago (nominated for seven Jeff Awards, including Best Production-Play, Midsize) and the world premieres of Chris Hainsworth’s adaptation of Hunger and John Hildreth’s adaptation of Treasure Island, both at Lifeline Theatre. 

ABOUT STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY
Since its founding in 1988, Strawdog Theatre Company has offered Chicagoland the premiere storefront theatre experience and garnered numerous Non-Equity Jeff Awards with its commitment to ensemble acting and an immersive design approach. The celebrated Company develops new work, re-imagines the classics, melds music with theatre, asks provocative questions and delivers their audience the unexpected.
*Strawdog Theatre Company’s 2016 - 2017 season will be produced in its itinerant home at the new Factory Theatre in Rogers Park, 1621 W. Howard St. on the Chicago-Evanston border in the historic Howard Theatre building. The theatre space is a newly created 70 seat three-quarters thrust just two blocks from CTA’s Howard Red Line terminal. Strawdog’s 29th Season may be viewed online at strawdog.org. 

RUSH TICKETS 
Strawdog Theatre Company offers six tickets at a 50% discount one hour before every production. The rush ticket must be purchased in person, exclusively at the Strawdog Box Office. Limit of two tickets per person, not applicable with other discounts, offers or on previously purchased tickets, first come, first served.

Strawdog Theatre Company is proud to announce the second production in its 2016 - 2017 season, William Shakespeare’s CymbelIne, January 13 – February 25, directed by Robert Kauzlaric and performed at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. The performance schedule is Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Opening Night is Monday, January 23 at 8 p.m. All performances have ground level access and are wheelchair accessible, with an Access Project performance Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. with a touch tour at 2:45 p.m.* An industry performance is Monday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. for $18. Preview tickets are $15 with regular run tickets $30, they may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available.

Strawdog Theatre Company is supported in part by The Alphawood Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and through the generous contributions of businesses and individuals.

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