CHICAGO: The Factory Theater will open their 23rd season in a new space, with three new plays by ensemble members about dating, dragons and disasters.
“It will be exciting to start a new season in our own place,” said artistic director Scott OKen in a statement. “We’re starting with a play that deals with a popular subject in a very Factory way, and right at Halloween. It’s fitting. We get to embrace the scary stuff while laughing at it. That’s what we do.”
The season kicks off with Zombie Broads (Sept. 25–Oct. 31) by ensemble members Corrbette Pasko and Sara Sevigny, about a zombie-fighting book club. Kevin Theis will direct.
Next is The Last Big Mistake (Jan. 22–Feb.27, 2016) by ensemble member Ernest Frank Deak. The play chronicles a couple hired to transport a strange package, and the slew of troubles that ensues. Manny Tamayo will direct and the ensemble will feature ensemble members Kevin Alves, Timothy C. Amos, Kim Boler, Eric Roach and Blake Dalzin.
Dating and Dragons by ensemble member Mike Ooi (May 6–June 11, 2016) will round out the 23rd Season. The play follows a gamer who can’t figure out the rules of love. Artistic director OKen will direct. “We tell the classic story of ‘boy meets girl,'” says OKen in a statement. “There are rules to telling that kind of a story. We are going to break them.”
The Factory Theater is currently in the midst of a capital campaign that includes an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for the costs of building the theatre.