This show marks Matt's 10th anniversary with Factory. This company has given him such wonderful opportunities to direct (League of Awesome and The Gray Girl), write (Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats and ChicagoStyle) and act (Dirty Diamonds, Toast of the Town, Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats, Janice Dutts Goes To Life Camp, Being At Choice and Among The Dead). May the next ten years be just as fun and fulfilling. Matt is also lucky enough to be represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
Manny Tamayo* (Playwright) is a 10 year Factory veteran. Previous writing credits include, Operation Infiltration and Dead Wrong. He hails from Joliet.
Monica Brown (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back working with Factory after stage managing the remount of Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats last summer. Monica most recently stage managed for The New Colony's world premier of The Bear Suit of Happiness. Other Chicago credits include breaks & bikes with Pavement Group (Stage Manger) Camino Real, Race, Ask Aunt Susan and Dartmoor Prison at Goodman Theatre (Stage Management Intern), A Guide for the Perplexed at Victory Gardens (Stage Management Intern), and COLLABORACTION's Sketchbook 12 (Floor Manager). Thanks to this great, great team of folks for all of their fantastic focus and dedication, to my loving and supportive friends and family for beginning to understand why I am always so very busy, and to Matt for this opportunity. Also to Maximus. For being Maximus.
Catherine Dughi* (Assistant Director) This is Cat's first time assistant directing. It's been so much fun, she shaved her head! (That... that's not really why). She does not hail from Joliet.
Christine Jennings* (Props Designer) When I first read a draft of Incident on Run #1217, I got very nervous and tense. When I got on the el after reading it, I was VERY nervous and tense. Thank you, Manny Tamayo, for letting us inside your wicked world. I have been calling the Factory home since 1996 and have enjoyed every wild, fun, challenging, inspiring, insane moment of it. Thanks to Dave Skvarla, Dan Tamarkin, and Jim Moore for all your help on this one. Thanks to YOU for supporting storefront theater. Love to Rita.
Joseph Lark-Riley (Set Designer) is a freelance scenic designer, currently based in New York City. Past Factory Theater credits: Toast of the Town, The Gray Girl, Black and Blue, Easy Six, and The League of Awesome. Chicago credits include: Prop Thtr's The Feast and Arizona: No Roosters in the Desert, Trap Door Theater's Chaste: An Awful Comedy, Brain Surgeon Theater's And He Flew Over the Forest and 1512 W. Studebaker Place, and Sideshow Theatre's Ekphrasis. New York credits include: Anonymous Ensemble's Liebe Love Amour!, and Mabou Mines' The Glass Guignol. josephlarkriley.com
Tom Aufmann (Technical Director) is excited to be once again on the set with The Factory Theater in their production of Incident on Run 1217! Previous Factory productions include Easy Six, 1985 Remount, and The Gray Girl. Other theater credits include Avenue Q, Wizard of Oz and Pajama Game (Music on Stage), Forever Plaid (Highland Park Players), Life is a Dream (Vitalist Theatre of Chicago), The Doll’s House, Escape from Happiness and The Crucible (Infamous Commonwealth Theater). Tom wants to thank Joe Riley again for his fabulous design and Shannon, Matt, Monica, and Manny along with The Factory Theater’s cast, crew, technical staff, and all those “behind the scenes” for giving him the opportunity. Rachel – this is ALL YOUR FAULT! J
Tom encourages everyone to continue to support their local theaters because this is where it all begins! Enjoy the show!
Paul Foster (Lighting Designer) is the Head Morlock for WildClaw Theatre. In his spare time (of which there is now very little, thanks to his beautiful 9 month old monster, Lydia) he digs lighting shows for Matt Engle and Factory Theater. Like specifically Gray Girl and Black and Blue. Cheers!
Johnny Moran aka Johnny Mo* (Fight Choreographer/Director)joined the Factory in the summer of 2012 after appearing in Ren Faire: A Fistful of Ducats, Easy Six, Black and Blue, and the late night New Adventures of Popeye. An actor and fight choreographer around town, he has worked with such great companies as A Red Orchid, Writer's Theater, Strawdog, Griffin, ATC, Mary Arrchie and Black Ensemble. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnnyMoPPC for his latest projects
Patrick Holland* (Sound Design/Video Trailer) is the guy who created some of the video trailers for Factory's shows. He grew up in New Orleans and South Carolina. He's was imported to Chicago a few years ago. His first day here was spent working as an Assistant Director at Steppenwolf. Before that, he lived in Milwaukee where he worked primarily as a director and actor. He was an Associate Artist there with Cornerstone Theatre.
Patrick's play The Cowboy is included in the anthology "The Best American Short Plays 2011-12". He co-wrote and co-directed with Anthony Wood the short film "Baden Krunk". "Baden Krunk" has been screened at nine festivals around the world winning awards at five.
Some of the companies he's worked with include: Chicago - Factory Theater, Writers' Theater & Steppenwolf. Wisconsin - Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre, Bialystock & Bloom, First Stage Children’s Theater, Skylight Opera, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Players Theater, Madison Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare Company,Wisconsin Public Radio, Theatre X, Bunny Gumbo, In Tandem, Children’s Theater of Madison, Trustus Theater (Columbia, SC) and Wayside Theater (Middleton, VA)
Patrick graduated from the University of South Carolina where he ran an artistically subversive theater troupe called the Puppet Regime. He was also a Company Actor with Trustus Theater (Columbia, SC) and a member of the improv troupe The We're Not Your Mother Players. TRIVIA: What Factory Theater ensemble member was Patrick's room-mate in college? The answer may surprise you! Actually it probably won't. www.trickholland.com
Rachel M. Sypniewski* (Costume Designer) is thankful and excited to be part of this talented production team. Ms. Sypniewski has designed over 100 shows in the Chicago storefront and educational theatre community, some of her favorites include, Improbable Frequency with Strawdog, Pippin with St. Patrick's High School, Arcadia with New Leaf, Resort 76 with Infamous Commonwealth, The Ghost is Here with Vitalist and RenFaire! A Fist Full of Ducats with the Factory. Her upcoming designs include, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with St. Patrick's High School and Fight Girl Battle World with Infusion Theatre. She is also a proud ensemble member of the Factory. Much love to Robb and the cats. For more information, visit her website atwww.rachelsyp.com
Jason Moody* (Graphic Designer) designs the print collateral for The Factory Theater and has been doing so since the production of Hey! Dancin'!. He recommends the taco place next door to the theater for a quick bite, still has rabbit ears on his tube television and continues to believe in the CD. Please visit behance.net/moodyrama for no particular reason.
*denotes Factory Ensemble Member