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Showing posts with label the Factory Theater. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the Factory Theater. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

OPENING: THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ANTHONY TOURNIS’ PROPHET$ VIA THE FACTORY THEATER JUNE 7 – JULY 20

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THE FACTORY THEATER ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ANTHONY TOURNIS’
PROPHET$, 
JUNE 7 – JULY 20

Last year, religion took in $71 billion, tax-free. Prophet$ is the hilarious slack-to-riches story of a couple of con artists that get into the business of belief. 


Wm. Bullion Directs This Eye-Opening and Hilarious Comedy About Profiteering in the World of ’80s Televangelism, Premiering this Summer

The Factory Theater concludes its 26th season with Prophet$, June 7 – July 20, written by Factory Theater Ensemble Member Anthony Tournis and directed by Factory Theater Ensemble Member Wm. Bullion, at the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., Chicago. Previews are Friday, June 7 and Saturday June 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m. Performance times are 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. All tickets may be purchased through the box office at 866-811-4111 or by visiting TheFactoryTheater.com.

Set in 1988, this Stripes-inspired world premiere production, by ensemble member Anthony Tournis, brilliantly brings shameless comedy back to The Factory stage.  


Cast members of Prophet$ courtesy of The Factory Theater. 
(Top Row, L to R) Timothy C. Amos (Rev. Leslie Goode), Conor Clark (Ensemble),  Lorraine Freund (Agnes), Kirk Jackson (Red), Eric Roach (Owen) and Hilary Sanzel (Evelyn Goode (Bottom Row, L to R) Will Snyder (Ensemble), Anthony Tournis (Playwright/ Vic Jacobowski), Eric Wang (Seth Levy), Abigail Warhus (Ensemble), LaRose Washington (Ensemble) and Ashley Yates (Darla Grant)

The cast for Prophet$ includes: Anthony Tournis*, (Vic Jacobowski); Eric Wang, (Seth Levy); Eric Roach*, (Owen); Ashley Yates, (Darla Grant); Timothy C. Amos*, (Rev. Leslie Goode); Hilary Sanzel, (Evelyn Goode); Kirk Jackson, (Red); Lorraine Freund, (Agnes); Abigail Warhus, (ensemble); Conor Clark, (ensemble); LaRose Washington, (ensemble); Will Snyder, (ensemble); Rebecca Flores, (Darla u/s); Kelly Opalko, (Evelyn u/s); Mark Bjorkquist, (Red u/s); Tehilla Newman, (Agnes u/s); Chase Wheaton-Werle, (ensemble u/s); and Zia Hillocks, (ensemble u/s).

The production team for Prophet$ includes: Anthony Tournis*, playwright; Wm. Bullion*, director; Sarah Scanlon, production manager; Manny Tamayo*, production manager; Becca Holloway, assistant director; Joeseph Pindelski, dramaturg; and Shellie DiSalvo, stage manager. The design team includes Eric Luchen, scenery; Jordan Kardasz, lights; Isaiah Williams, costumes; Wyatt Kent, props; Sarah Espinoza**, sound; and Dag Juhlin, original songs. C.W. van Baale* is the master electrician. 

ABOUT ANTHONY TOURNIS*, playwright

This is the third play written by Anthony Tournis, and his first solo writing project. Previous works produced by The Factory Theater include Black and Blue with Nick Digilio and Street Justice: Condition Red with Colin Milroy. Anthony has been an Ensemble member of The Factory Theater since 2006 and has been seen as an actor in countless shows there since then.

ABOUT WM. BULLION*, director

Wm. Bullion is a Factory ensemble member and has been a professional director in Chicago for over 25 years. His previous directing gig at The Factory was Stacie Barra’s hit Born Ready in 2017. In 2016 he formed The Conspirators, for whom he has directed all three shows: The Deckchairs, Yankee Doodles, and The Resistible Rise of Herr Helmut Drumpf. Additional directing credits include Scream, Queen, Scream! (Hell in a Handbag Productions), as well as Blue Planet, A Summer’s Day, and the original burlesque satire Pippi’s Lost Stockings: A Skirt Raiser (Akvavit Theatre). Bullion is the Artistic Director of DirectorsLabChicago, an artist-service organization dedicated to emerging directors and is a graduate of UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television.

*Denotes Factory Theater Ensemble Member
** Denotes Factory Theater Artistic Associate



ABOUT The Factory Theater
For more than 25 years, The Factory Theater has created its shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they’ve wanted to do. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, The Factory’s shows are a unique experience that fit 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 concludes its 26th season with Prophet$, June 7 – July 20, written by Factory Theater Ensemble Member Anthony Tournis and directed by Factory Theater Ensemble Member Wm. Bullion, at the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., Chicago. Previews are Friday, June 7 and Saturday June 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m. Performance times are 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. All tickets may be purchased through the box office at 866-811-4111 or by visiting TheFactoryTheater.com.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

OPENING: World Premiere of Fight City Via The Factory Theater 7/14-8/26

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THE FACTORY THEATER PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF 
FIGHT CITY, 
JULY 14 – AUGUST 26
The Factory’s Latest Production, 
Written by Scott OKen and Directed by Jill Oliver



The Factory Theater presents its latest production, the world premiere of Fight City. Written by Factory Theater’s Artistic Director Scott OKen and directed by Jill Oliver, Fight City runs July 14 – August 26 at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. Previews are Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The regular run’s, July 21 – August 26, 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 TheFactoryTheater.com.

In the dystopian future of 2077, gender roles are reversed, guns and knives are all but eliminated, yet crime is still on the rise. The Central City Police Department has the most elite fighters in the region and they keep the peace by doling out hard-nosed justice. Officer Barb Davies (Jennifer Betancourt) is the most skilled fighter of them all, yet she has the most level head. Can she make sense of this new world or are we doomed to repeat the endless cycle of violence?

The cast for Fight City includes: Jennifer Betancourt (Barb Davies), Almanya Narula (Avory), Mandy Walsh (Margaret), Jen Bosworth (Quaife, Noone), Ashley Yates (Argent), Meredith Rae Lyons (White), Grace Odumosu (Richards), Linsey Falls (Terry), Josh Zagoren (Relf), Eric Frederickson (Verne/Steele), Jae K. Renfrow (Leo), Kim Boler (Erica), Susan Wingerter (Valentine), Megan Schemmel (Price, Thug), Brittany Ellis (Chandler, Thug) and Harrison Weger (Weatherfoot). Understudies are Colin Milroy, Josh Greiveldinger, Cory Griffith, Kim Fukawa, Elizabeth MacDougald, Josephine Longo, Dan Krall, Carla McDowell, and Sara Robinson.

The production team for Fight City includes: Jill Oliver (director), Scott OKen (playwright), Phil Claudnic (stage manager), Jermaine Thomas (assistant stage manager), Kevin Alves (assistant director), Manny Tamayo (production manager), Greg Caldwell (assistant production manager), Sarah Lewis (set designer), Carla Hamilton (costume designer), Emma Deane (lighting designer) Ben Zeman (sound designer), Holly McCauley (props designer), C.W. Van Baale (master electrician) Maureen Yasko (fight/violence designer) Chris Smith (fight/violence director) and Jason Moody (graphics designer).

About Scott OKen, playwright

Scott OKen has been the artistic director for the Factory Theater since 2007, and a member since 1996. This is his 10th play being produced by the Company. Previous written works include Toast of the Town, GI's in Europe and Easy Six (all co-written with Ernie Deak) and Namosaur!, Mop Top Festival and Top Shelf... He has also directed Factory shows, Siskel and Ebert Save Chicago, White Trash Wedding and a Funeral (2012 run) and most recently, Dating and Dragons. OKen has also appeared on stage in many Factory Theater productions over the years, and is thankful every day for this Company and the ensemble within.

 About Jill Oliver, director

Jill Oliver has been an Ensemble Member with the Factory Theater since 2011. She's pretty jacked to be directing her first full-length production for Factory after having directed the short 30 Days Down the Rabbit Hole for Abbie Hoffman Festival. Oliver normally wears the actor hat and has worked with other companies such as Artistic Home, A Red Orchid Theatre, Irish Theatre of Chicago, LiveWire Theatre, Wayward Productions and Shattered Globe. She is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent. Oliver will also make her playwright debut with Lametown and the Adventures of Spirit Force Five at Factory next summer. 

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.

The Factory Theater presents its latest production, the world premiere of Fight City. Written by Factory Theater’s Artistic Director Scott OKen and directed by Jill Oliver, Fight City runs July 14 – August 26 at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. Previews are Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The regular run’s, July 21 – August 26, 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 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.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

World Premiere of Distance at Strawdog Theatre Through Oct 1

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STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JERRE DYE’S 
DISTANCE 
AUGUST 25 – OCTOBER 1


Photos by Jon Cole Media

Strawdog_Distance_PreProd1 - Janice O’Neill as "Irene Radford” in Strawdog Theatre Company’s World Premiere of Distance

The First Production at Factory Theatre Reunites Director Erica Weiss with Playwright Dye for This New Moving Drama About Memory, Identity and Change

The first production in Strawdog Theatre Company's 2016 - 2017 season is the world premiere of Jerre Dye’s Distance, now running through October 1, directed by Erica Weiss, performed at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard. 

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, with a special Access Project performance Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.* Regular run tickets are $30 and 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.

Irene Radford (Janice O’Neill) has family. Caretakers too. But as her struggle with Alzheimers puts those she depends upon beyond her memory's reach, new bonds form between those she's leaving behind. Making her Strawdog debut, Jeff Award nominee Erica Weiss, director of Route 66's acclaimed productions of A Twist of Water, The Downpour and Cicada, as well as The Gift Theatre's Grapes of Wrath, reunites with playwright Jerre Dye (Cicada) to bring to life this heartfelt and poetic world premiere that delves into questions of memory, identity and the inevitability of change.

Additional cast includes guest artists Anita Deely, Loretta Rezos, Caleb Fullen and Stephen Rader.
The Distance production team also includes Strawdog Company Ensemble Members John Kelly, lighting designer; Heath Hays, sound designer; Brittany Dee Bodley, costume designer with guest artists Skye Robinson Hillis, assistant director; Richard Latshaw, properties designer; Mike Mroch, production manager; Jessica Fialko, assistant lighting designer; Becca Levy, stage manager; Ashley Ann Woods, scenic designer; Ivy Reid, master electrician and Sammi Grant, dialect coach.


*ACCESS PROJECT
All productions in Strawdog’s 2016-2017 season are wheelchair and ADA compliant. In addition, Strawdog Theatre’s Access Project performance Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m., includes open captioning, audio description and touch tour services. A touch tour begins at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the Access Project performance.

ABOUT JERRE DYE, PLAYWRIGHT
Jerre Dye is a Chicago writer, director, and actor. Dye is the recipient of the Award for Dramatic Literature from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 2014 his Jeff nominated play, Cicada premiered through Route 66 Theatre Company. That same year, he completed the libretto for Ghosts of Crosstown, a new short opera cycle in collaboration with Opera Memphis and four composers from across the US. He is currently working on opera commissions for Chautauqua Opera, The US Army Field Band and Chorus, a filmed virtual reality opera for Opera on Tap New York, all while completing his newest play, Live Studio Audience.

ABOUT ERICA WEISS, DIRECTOR
Erica Weiss is a Jeff Award-nominated theatre director and filmmaker based in Chicago, Illinois. She was the recipient of The Goodman Theatre’s Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship, and is an ensemble member with The Gift Theatre. Her primary passions lie in the development of new work and bringing female voices to the stage and screen. Weiss is a longtime and frequent collaborator with writer Caitlin Parrish, directing their  world premiere productions of The Downpour (Joseph Jefferson Nominee for Best Production, Best Director, Best New Work and Best Lead Actress), and A Twist of Water with Route 66 Theatre Company and off-Broadway at 59E59. In the fall, she will make her Steppenwolf directing debut with Caitlin Parrish's The Burials,  the first show of the 16-17 Steppenwolf for Young Adults  season. Other recent projects include The Bachelors by Caroline V McGraw, and The Grapes of Wrath with The Gift Theatre. Her first feature film, The View From Tall, co-directed with Parrish, recently premiered to critical acclaim at The Los Angeles Film Festival, and their original television pilot Red Line is in development with Warner Brothers. 

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 recently announced its 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 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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