Cast: Patrick Brennan, Chris Popio,   Karolyn Shapiro, and Abby Sher.


Charles Dizenzo is an American playwright and screenwriter. He has written such plays as Big Mother, The Drapes Come, An Evening for Merlin Finch, A Great Career, The Last Straw, Sociability, and Metamorphosis. He is also noted for his screenwriting for Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and Santa Barbara.


Wm. Bullion is a Chicago-based stage director, actor, wordsmith and would-be bon vivant. His most recent full project was directing David Cerda’s masterpiece Scream, Queen Scream! with Hell in a Handbag Productions. Before joining The Factory Theater ensemble in 2016, he was a member of Akvavit Theatre, directing their SMASH HIT U.S. premiere of Andri Snær Magnason’s Blue Planet, the Midwest/Chicago premiere of Jon Fosse’s A Summer’s Day and created the original burlesque satire Pippi’s Lost Stockings: A Skirt Raiser as well as several staged readings and coordinating their biennial Nordic Spirit festival of new plays. Before that, Billy founded and directed his own company, Sliced Bread Productions. He is also a Director of Programs with DirectorsLabChicago, an artist-service organization dedicated to emerging directors and is a graduate of UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television. He also did a year of graduate school in Directing at the Goodman School of Drama.

Assistant Director: Jemma Alix Levy / Stage Manager: Jemma Alix Levy / Lighting Design: Richard Norwood / Costume Design: Lynn Gazley /

Big Mother


Written by Charles DiZenzo

Directed by Wm. Bullion

March 31 – April 15, 1997


BIG MOTHER is a high-energy, farcical strip down of our American values. The ideal suburban existence is blown apart at the seams by the most dysfunctional of families. This thermo-nuclear family consists of Buster (brother), Sweetums (Baby Sister), Daddy, and Big Mother, who bull-whips the rest to a meltdown.