I Want LISTS!!!

Hey! Yeah, this blog has been all Slippy Slappy Falls-a-lot lately. (That will make sense when you see our next show, “Captain Steve’s Caring Kingdom”)

No need to worry. The blog will be back in business soon. Right now we are compiling a page (actually two) listing our every show by year. We noticed that there is no historical list of our shows. HOW CAN THIS BE?!?!?

Time, at times, is not on our side, but never fear. In the coming weeks we will have a listing of our show history as well as them being linked to a corresponding show page. It’s a lot (over 100) and we still have about 1/2 more to do, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Also, be on the lookout for some posts from some of our newer members as well as some old stalwarts…yeah..OLD!



Come Together. Right Now.

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…

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

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

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?

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

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

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.