Those desires are culminating now in his new venture, The WIP Theater. Located in the heart of Edison Park, the goal of the WIP is to be a one-stop shop for the locals. The styles of shows they offer are varied: Plays, Comedy Shows, Free Children’s Theatre, Improv, etc. It’s an entertainment hub, giving something for everybody, close to home instead of 45 minutes away.
Joining him in this venture are two other veteran producers of the Chicago comedy scene. They are Tim Brochu and his fiancé Jessica Avila. Both have extensive experience producing shows, Tim most recently with Make Yourself at Home and Jessica with extensive experience producing comedy shows in the northwest suburbs.
“We were looking for an opportunity to invest in,” says Brochu. “I had started helping out Tony in a strictly booking capacity at first. Helping him find comedians for his early shows at the theatre. After a few weeks, I felt that the theatre had some real potential for success and we felt that we wanted to help any way we could.”
As someone who has had the pleasure of performing there, I can say The WIP is an excellent venue to perform at. Very intimate but plays larger than it looks. I look forward to seeing their continued evolution and their future success.
The WIP Theater is located 6670 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60631. Phone Number 312-692-9327. Schedules of events can be found at www.wiptheater.com.
Contributng Writer - James Zekis
Zekis is a writer, producer and stand up comic that you can find perfroming all around the the Chicago comedy scene.