Kids Write It. We Do It. World Saved.

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1 Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing workshops in Chicago Public Schools, and in our own after-school program.

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2 The ensemble adapts the stories into sketches and songs which are performed for the school, and later for the public.

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3 The kids become stars, and the world is saved. The End.

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That’s Weird, Grandma

Come see what TimeOut Chicago calls “The best reason we can think of to live in Chicago on a Monday”! And it is every Monday, all summer long!

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“From start to finish the show is high-energy, silly and, at times, utterly ridiculous in the best possible way. ‘That’s Weird, Grandma’ can be likened to watching a live version of ‘The Animaniacs,’ but with original pieces that change every performance.”

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From the Blog:

Sorpresa! Planet Dartruda!

Posted by Molly on July 27

This week’s “That’s Weird, Grandma” offers a moving movement adaptation of “Planet Dartruda”, and a surprising surprise in “La Sorpresa”. At the Willa Cather Academy’s Super Seven Girls program, Jacari, Taniya and Nakiya were asked to share their ideas about… more »

Zombies in Fire Cars and Party Monkeys

Posted by Molly on July 21

IS THERE ANYTHING MORE EXCITING THAN A PARTY WITH MONKEYS OR ZOMBIES DRIVING CARS THAT ARE ON FIRE?!?! Come on out to “That’s Weird, Grandma” for more fun than you can handle! ZOMBIES IN FIRE CARS by Angelo E, Loyola… more »

Brand New Cast…Grandma Premieres!

Posted by Molly on July 14

Join us tonight for “That’s Weird, Grandma”, featuring two stories new to the Grandma stage: First, an adaptation of a story written in Spanish from our Columbia Explorer’s Academy program that advocates for prioritizing homework: ES IMPORTANTE TAREA by Emilio… more »

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