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Factory Theater moves to new Rogers Park home

Written by
Kris Vire

The Factory Theater, which has made its producing home over the past decade in residence at Avondale's Prop Thtr, last week announced the initial season of three original works for its own new home in far north Rogers Park, near the Howard El station.

The new Factory Theater is being built out as an 80-seat thrust space in a storefront at 1621–23 W Howard St. The address was once the site of a 1917 movie palace known as the Howard Theater; the original auditorium is gone, though the facade remains.

The new venue is scheduled to open with Zombie Broads (September 25–October 31), an undead horror comedy by Factory members Corrbette Pasko and Sara Sevigny and directed by Kevin Theis. That's followed by ’70s crime caper The Last Big Mistake (January 22–February 27), by Ernest Frank Deak with direction by Manny Tamayo. Finally, emsemble member Mike Ooi makes his Factory writing debut with Dating and Dragons (May 6–June 11), about a gamer rolling the dice on a relationship; Scott OKen directs. 

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