Director Jon Berry performs as Sponsored Singer at Monkey-O-Kee!

Posted by Joe on August 27, 2015

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Jon

What is a sponsored singer?
A sponsored singer is a member of the larger Barrel of Monkeys family who wants to support our organization THROUGH SONG! It’s like when someone runs a marathon or sells cookies to make fundraising goals, BUT in this case these brave individuals are raising money through the power of Karaoke at our annual fundraiser Monkey-O-Kee! Buy your tickets or support Jon’s cause today!

More info about Jon:
Jonathan Berry is a director in Chicago.  Associate Artistic Director of the Griffin Theatre, and Artistic Associate with Steep Theatre, he has also directed plays for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Remy Bumppo, Lifeline, The Gift, Theatre Mir, Eclipse, and Fox Valley Theatricals. According to Wickipedia, he was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, September 11, 1953 and is a Canadian International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster, an International Arbiter, a FIDE Master (FM) over-the-board, and a chess journalist and author. He is the only Canadian to hold international titles for over-the-board chess, correspondence chess, and chess arbiting. This may or may not be the same Jonathan Berry. 

More info about Monkey-O-Kee:
The moment you have all been awaiting is right around the corner!  Our annual Monkey-O-Kee karaoke benefit will occur on Thursday, September 17 from 7pm-10pm at Mary’s Attic at Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark St. “What is it all about?” you may ask.  It is all about supporting Barrel of Monkeys’ work in the Chicago Public Schools. Your attendance supports singing, laughing, and amazing stories written by children.

When you purchase a ticket for the extremely fair price of $30, you not only get the chance to support BOM’s work with Chicago’s youth – igniting their imaginations, boosting their self-esteem and improving literacy – but you ALSO get well cocktails, house wine, and domestic beers (including these signature house-brewed ales: “Blonde Bombshell” golden ale, “Mary Hoppins” pale ale, and “Gangster” hopped-up amber ale)... not to mention the karaoke, and therefore, entertainment in abundance.

Various and sundry other fun and fabulous activities will occur at the event, including a prize wheel, sponsored Monkey performances, and maybe a few surprises along the way.

If you buy your tickets online now you will receive two, count them TWO, free spins on the prize wheel!  Could it get better?  Possibly and likely, but you will only know if you show up.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17 from 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Mary’s Attic at Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark St. (2nd Floor)
TICKETS: $30

Get your tickets here!

Broadway’s Jessie Fisher performs as Sponsored Singer at Monkey-O-Kee!

Posted by Joe on August 25, 2015

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Jessie

What is a sponsored singer?
A sponsored singer is a member of the larger Barrel of Monkeys family who wants to support our organization THROUGH SONG! It’s like when someone runs a marathon or sells cookies to make fundraising goals, BUT in this case these brave individuals are raising money through the power of Karaoke at our annual fundraiser Monkey-O-Kee! Buy your tickets or support Jessie’s cause today!

More info about Jessie:
Jessie made her Broadway debut as Girl in “Once.” She is a Chicago based actor/teacher/improviser/musician. Chicago credits include work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, About Face, The Gift, The Hypocrites, InGen Productions and TimeLine. TV: “Boss”. Education: University of Colorado, School at Steppenwolf. She is half of the folk duo Erik and Jessie and is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.

More info about Monkey-O-Kee:
The moment you have all been awaiting is right around the corner!  Our annual Monkey-O-Kee karaoke benefit will occur on Thursday, September 17 from 7pm-10pm at Mary’s Attic at Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark St. “What is it all about?” you may ask.  It is all about supporting Barrel of Monkeys’ work in the Chicago Public Schools. Your attendance supports singing, laughing, and amazing stories written by children.

When you purchase a ticket for the extremely fair price of $30, you not only get the chance to support BOM’s work with Chicago’s youth – igniting their imaginations, boosting their self-esteem and improving literacy – but you ALSO get well cocktails, house wine, and domestic beers (including these signature house-brewed ales: “Blonde Bombshell” golden ale, “Mary Hoppins” pale ale, and “Gangster” hopped-up amber ale)... not to mention the karaoke, and therefore, entertainment in abundance.

Various and sundry other fun and fabulous activities will occur at the event, including a prize wheel, sponsored Monkey performances, and maybe a few surprises along the way.

If you buy your tickets online now you will receive two, count them TWO, free spins on the prize wheel!  Could it get better?  Possibly and likely, but you will only know if you show up.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17 from 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Mary’s Attic at Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark St. (2nd Floor)
TICKETS: $30

Get your tickets here!

Rockstar JC Brooks performs as Sponsored Singer at Monkey-O-Kee!

Posted by Joe on August 25, 2015

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jc

What is a sponsored singer?
A sponsored singer is a member of the larger Barrel of Monkeys family who wants to support our organization THROUGH SONG! It’s like when someone runs a marathon or sells cookies to make fundraising goals, BUT in this case these brave individuals are raising money through the power of Karaoke at our annual fundraiser Monkey-O-Kee! Buy your tickets or support JC’s cause today!

More info about JC:
JC Brooks is the charismatic frontman of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound.  JC has a background in theater and acting as well as music. JC Brooks is determined to become the next in the long line of classic Chicago soul singers: Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Syl Johnson - JC has learned from them all, and he’s got no illusions about what it takes to become a classic. Armed with The Uptown Sound, one of the most ferocious bands to ever crawl up out of the Windy City, JC’s live shows are all-out assaults on the audience, employing everything from raw punk to heart-drenched R&B. Guaranteed to make you dance by any means necessary. JC Brooks is the new sound of Chicago and we are so excited to hear him at this year’s Monkey-O-Kee!

More info about Monkey-O-Kee:
The moment you have all been awaiting is right around the corner!  Our annual Monkey-O-Kee karaoke benefit will occur on Thursday, September 17 from 7pm-10pm at Mary’s Attic at Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark St. “What is it all about?” you may ask.  It is all about supporting Barrel of Monkeys’ work in the Chicago Public Schools. Your attendance supports singing, laughing, and amazing stories written by children.

When you purchase a ticket for the extremely fair price of $30, you not only get the chance to support BOM’s work with Chicago’s youth – igniting their imaginations, boosting their self-esteem and improving literacy – but you ALSO get well cocktails, house wine, and domestic beers (including these signature house-brewed ales: “Blonde Bombshell” golden ale, “Mary Hoppins” pale ale, and “Gangster” hopped-up amber ale)... not to mention the karaoke, and therefore, entertainment in abundance.

Various and sundry other fun and fabulous activities will occur at the event, including a prize wheel, sponsored Monkey performances, and maybe a few surprises along the way.

If you buy your tickets online now you will receive two, count them TWO, free spins on the prize wheel!  Could it get better?  Possibly and likely, but you will only know if you show up.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17 from 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Mary’s Attic at Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark St. (2nd Floor)
TICKETS: $30

Get your tickets here!

MasterChef Elise Mayfield performs as Sponsored Singer at Monkey-O-Kee!

Posted by Joe on August 25, 2015

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Elise

What is a sponsored singer?
A sponsored singer is a member of the larger Barrel of Monkeys family who wants to support our organization THROUGH SONG! It’s like when someone runs a marathon or sells cookies to make fundraising goals, BUT in this case these brave individuals are raising money through the power of Karaoke at our annual fundraiser Monkey-O-Kee! Buy your tickets or support Elise’s cause today!

More info about Elise:
Elise Mayfield is an actress and baker from Birmingham, AL. After graduating from Ole Miss, Elise moved to the Windy City, where’s she’s completed training programs at I.O., Second City Conservatory, The Artistic Home, and earned a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. She is an ensemble member with The Ruckus Theater, where she performed in the recent production of Matawan. Elise has also been seen on stage with The New Colony, Tympanic Theatre, and Infusion Theatre. In addition to her theater pursuits, Elise is also a burgeoning baker and was seen on Season 5 of FOX’s MasterChef, where she cooked for chef/judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich. She runs a small catering company called Honey Baby Bakery, and enjoys throwing dinner parties and hosting cooking demonstrations. To find out more, visit elisemayfield.com.

More info about Monkey-O-Kee:
The moment you have all been awaiting is right around the corner!  Our annual Monkey-O-Kee karaoke benefit will occur on Thursday, September 17 from 7pm-10pm at Mary’s Attic at Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark St. “What is it all about?” you may ask.  It is all about supporting Barrel of Monkeys’ work in the Chicago Public Schools. Your attendance supports singing, laughing, and amazing stories written by children.

When you purchase a ticket for the extremely fair price of $30, you not only get the chance to support BOM’s work with Chicago’s youth – igniting their imaginations, boosting their self-esteem and improving literacy – but you ALSO get well cocktails, house wine, and domestic beers (including these signature house-brewed ales: “Blonde Bombshell” golden ale, “Mary Hoppins” pale ale, and “Gangster” hopped-up amber ale)... not to mention the karaoke, and therefore, entertainment in abundance.

Various and sundry other fun and fabulous activities will occur at the event, including a prize wheel, sponsored Monkey performances, and maybe a few surprises along the way.

If you buy your tickets online now you will receive two, count them TWO, free spins on the prize wheel!  Could it get better?  Possibly and likely, but you will only know if you show up.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17 from 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Mary’s Attic at Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark St. (2nd Floor)
TICKETS: $30

Get your tickets here!

The Cast is Always Changing at That’s Weird, Grandma!

Posted by Joe on August 10, 2015

That's Weird Grandma TWG Weekly Update

Becky

Did you know that every 4-8 weeks the cast shifts in That’s Weird, Grandma?

bellair

It’s true!  And this weekend we welcome a whole new batch of actor-educators to the stage!

darren

Come check out Monday’s show and see what new faces are playing your favorite roles!

Say, “Is she a country person?” to Ambar at the box office for discounted tickets!

See you at the show!
Joe