Factory Theater

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For Factory Theatre London, see The Factory Theatre Company.

The Factory Theater is a Chicago theatre company founded in 1992. Originally working out of a 50-seat storefront theater in the Rogers Park neighborhood in the northern part of Chicago, the company has produced over 70 shows during its existence (all original scripts written by ensemble members). The typical schedule during the first five seasons of the Factory Theater was a Thursday evening show, a Friday/Saturday mainstage show, and a Friday/Saturday late-night show. In 1997, after years of ongoing improvements and renovations to the theater in an unsuccessful attempt to satisfy building-code requirements, the company moved out of its Rogers Park storefront and into the Footsteps Theater's space on Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood. They were itinerant from 2000-2003 then took residence at the Prop Theatre in Chicago. As of 2015, they have moved into their new space right back in Rogers Park on Howard Street right by the CTA Red Line. The Factory Theater West, composed of Factory Theater ensemble members who have relocated to Los Angeles, produced five productions from 1999-2001. All productions were either remounts of past Factory Theater shows or original works.

Founding members[edit]

  • Sean Abley
  • Bo Blackburn
  • Michael Meredith
  • Tom Purcell
  • Jeff Rogers
  • Amy Seeley

Past and present ensemble members[edit]

  • Jenny Laffey (née Kirkland)
  • Molly Brennan
  • Joey Meyer
  • Nick Digilio
  • Jill Rothamer
  • Wendy Tregay
  • Kirk Pynchon
  • Mike Beyer
  • Steve Walker
  • Cynthia Cervini
  • Brooke Dillman
  • Carl Andress (aka Andruskevich)
  • George Brant
  • Matt O'Neil
  • Wendy Avon
  • David Babbitt
  • Nick Booth
  • David Bryson
  • Keith Ellis
  • Jennifer Gehr
  • Jerry Hlava
  • Joie Jackson-Graves
  • Jason Lubow
  • Peter Marcy
  • Michael Mazzara
  • Darryl Miller
  • Heather Moran
  • Christian Murphy
  • Todd Oldham
  • Ryan Oliver
  • Matthew O'Neill
  • Kevin Rich
  • Dale Rivera
  • Noah Simon
  • Michelle Suffredin
  • Patricia Sutherland
  • Dan Tamarkin
  • Heather Tyler
  • Steve Wilson
  • Kevin Alves
  • Timothy C. Amos
  • Stacie Barra
  • Kim Boler
  • Ray Brazaski
  • Wm Bullion
  • Allison Cain
  • Greg Caldwell
  • Phil Claudnic
  • Robyn Coffin
  • Tucker Curtis
  • Blake Dalzin
  • Ernie Deak
  • Catherine Dughi
  • Matt Engle
  • Corrbette Pasko
  • Joe Gehr
  • Sarah Rose Graber
  • Josh Graves
  • Christine Jennings
  • Angelina Martinez
  • Laura McKenzie
  • Paul Metreyeon
  • Colin Milroy
  • Jason Moody
  • Johnny Moran
  • Scott OKen
  • Shannon O'Neill
  • Jennifer Pompa
  • Eric Roach
  • Sara Sevigny
  • Carrie J. Sullivan
  • Rachel Sypniewski
  • Manny Tamayo
  • Anthony Tournis
  • C.W. VanBaale
  • Chas Vrba
  • Mandy Walsh
  • Jesse Dienstag
  • Stephanie Boles
  • Mike Ooi
  • Scott Pasko
  • Patrick Holland
  • Jermaine Edward Thomas
  • Esteban Andres Cruz
  • Jill Oliver

Production history[edit]


  • Snafu: sketch comedy
  • Reefer Madness by Sean Abley


  • Attack of the Killer B's by Sean Abley
  • Tribe: improv with Bo Blackburn, Joe Dempsey, Marssie Mencotti and Kent Sterling
  • The Angry Show by Nick Digilio and Mike Meredith
  • Buckets of Blood by Marssie Mencotti and Dave Springer (based on the film)
  • Bitches by Sean Abley
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - The Musical: book by Sean Abley, lyrics by Sean Abley and Amy Seeley, music by Dave Springer


  • Hooray! conceived by Amy Seeley, written by Sean Abley, Mike Beyer, Bo Blackburn, Heather Delker, Jenny Kirkland-Laffey, Joey Meyer, Mike Meredith, Amy Seeley and Wendy Tregay
  • Alive by Nick Digilio and Mike Meredith
  • Kong! by George Brant
  • Free Pizza: by Mike Beyer
  • Man Card by Kirk Pynchon and Jesse Dienstag
  • Disco Bob: improv with Sean Abley, Bo Blackburn, Mike Meredith, Amy Seeley and Eric Frankie
  • Beaverhunt by Amy Seeley and Jenny Kirkland-Laffey


  • Sabotage by Kirk Pynchon and Jesse Dienstag
  • Jailbait by Amy Seeley
  • P by Sean Abley, Bo Blackburn, Heather Delker, Jenny Kirkland-Laffey, Amy Seeley
  • Pet-Scare Theater by Jill Rothamer
  • White Trash Wedding and a Funeral by Mike Beyer and Bill Havle
  • The Christmas Show by Joey Meyer


  • Preying Manthis by Wendy Tregay
  • ABBArama: conceived and written by Amy Seeley
  • My Period by Jenny Kirkland-Laffey
  • Urban Legends by Bo Blackburn
  • Being at Choice: by Mike Meredith
  • Win, Place or Show by Nick Digilio and Ernie Deak
  • 529 S. Something by Molly Brennan
  • Rapid Fire by Molly Brennan
  • Utterly, Completely Bored Out of My Friggin' Mind by Jill Rothamer
  • Escape from The North Pole by Nick Digilio and Mike Meredith
  • Second City Didn't Want Us, or, Is There a Spot in the Touring Company for My Girlfriend? sketch comedy conceived by Sean Abley and written by Sean Abley, Bo Blackburn, Brooke Dillman, Eric Frankie, Jenny Kirkland-Laffey, Mike Meredith and Amy Seeley


  • Nuclear Family by Sean Abley
  • Battleaxe Betty by Molly Brennan
  • The Surreal World
  • Clean by Michael Meredith
  • Fat! by Michelle Suffredin
  • The Factory Theater's Shut Up and Laugh Comedy Festival


  • The Barbara Walters Interviews by Jenny Kirkland-Laffey
  • The Factory All-Star Late Night Fiasco
  • Vinyl Shop by Nick Digilio and Mike Vieau
  • Amy Seeley and the Moline Madman by Amy Seeley
  • The Factory Theater's Shut Up and Laugh Comedy Festival


  • Herb Stabler Wandering Spirit by Mike Beyer
  • Surface Dwellers by Scott OKen and Ernest Deak
  • Dancing With The Past by Patricia Sutherland
  • Factory Match Game 99
  • Dragontales by Molly Brennan
  • Endzone by Michael Mazzara
  • The Factory Theater's Shut Up and Laugh Comedy Festival
  • White Trash Wedding and a Funeral (Factory Theater West)
  • Attack of the Killer B's (Factory Theater West): Winner, Backstage West Garland Award for Best Adaptation


  • Gooooooo Speech Team! by Jenny Kirkland
  • Being at Choice (Factory Theater West)
  • Kirk du Soleil (Factory Theater West)


  • Variations on Death
  • Captain Raspberry by Matthew O'Neill
  • The Life and Death of Barb Budonovich
  • Poppin' and Lockdown (Factory Theater West)


  • Poppin and Lockdown by Kirk Pynchon and Michael Meredith
  • Lab Rats by Various Artists
  • Eagle Hills, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Landing by Brett Neveau
  • Among The Dead by Ryan Oliver


  • Dick Danger: DJ Crime Solver
  • Factory Theater Presents.....CHICAGOSTYLE by Various Artists
  • Here Comes A Regular by Nick Digilio and Mike Vieau


  • Being At Choice (remount) by Mike Meredith
  • Poppin and Lockdown 2: Dance the Right Thing by Kirk Pynchon and Mike Meredith
  • Menage A Trailer by Laura McKenzie and


  • Toast of the Town by Scott OKen and Ernie Deak
  • Lonesome Hoboes by George Brandt
  • Top Shelf... by Scott OKen


  • The Willing Participant by Matthew O'Neill
  • GI's in Europe by Scott OKen and Ernie Deak
  • Operation Infiltration: An Experiment in Terror by Manny Tamayo


  • Janice Dutts Goes to Life Camp by Laura McKenzie
  • Siskel & Ebert Save Chicago by Eric Roach
  • Dirty Diamonds by Mike Beyer


  • Ceres by Heather Tyler
  • Ren Faire! A Fistfull of Ducats by Matt Engle
  • Shameless Shamuses by Ernie Deak
  • Bustin' Out Of The Hell by Scott OKen


  • Mop Top Festival by Scott OKen
  • Dead Wrong by Manny Tamayo
  • 1985 by Chas Vrba
  • Hunky Dory by Joe Gehr


  • Hey! Dancin! by Kirk Pynchon and Mike Beyer
  • The League of Awesome by Corrbette Pasko and Sara Sevigny
  • Jenni and Jenny by Shannon O'Neill
  • 1985(remount)(at the DCA) by Chas Vrba
  • The New Adventure of Popeye by Sarah Rose Graber


  • Easy Six by Scott OKen and Ernie Deak
  • Black and Blue by Anthony Tournis and Nick Digilio
  • The Gray Girl by Colin Milroy


  • White Trash Wedding and a Funeral (remount) by Mike Beyer and Bill Halve
  • Renfaire! A Fistful of Ducats! (remount) by Matt Engle
  • Toast of the Town(remount) by Scott OKen and Ernie Deak


  • Incident on Run #2017 by Manny Tamayo
  • Namosaur! by Scott OKen
  • Street Justice: Condition Red by Anthony Tournis and Colin Milroy


  • Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical! by Kirk Pynchon and Mike Beyer songs by Laura McKenzie
  • Take the Cake by Stacie Barra
  • Hotel Aphrodite by Angelina Martinez, story by Allison Cain


  • The Last Big Mistake by Ernie Deak
  • Dating and Dragons by Mike Ooi
  • Zombie Broads by Corrbette Pasko and Sara Sevigny


  • Born Ready by Stacie Barra
  • Fight City by Scott OKen
  • Captain Steve's Caring Kingdom by Mike Ooi


  • The Next Big Thing by Carrie Sullivan
  • Lametown and the Adventures of Spirit Force Five by Jill Oliver

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