ROGERS PARK — The Factory Theater Co. plans to bring theater back to Howard Street.
The small Avondale storefront troupe signed a five-year lease at 1621-23 Howard St. with Jay Johnson, owner of the Howard Theater building, said Carrie Sullivan, Factory's managing director.
"We're really looking to take that next big space as a company," she said Tuesday.
The theater company's move, in fact, is a sort of homecoming. The company was founded in 1992 on Loyola Avenue before moving in with the Prop Thtr in 2004 in Avondale.
Now the company is raising $60,000-$70,000 to build an 80-seat theater in the storefront two doors to the west of Sol Cafe.
Sullivan said she hoped the 32-member ensemble would be a part of the resurgence of art on Howard.
"It’s not just about us going in and doing our shows. We really want to ... be an anchor for that strip of Howard," she said.
The troupe's first show of the 2015-16 season, "Zombie Broads," is planned for the new theater, opening on Sept. 25.
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