Large groups, birthday parties, and MORE!

If your college class, summer camp, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club or youth group is looking for some cutting edge, yet family friendly theater, we have shows all year round!

“Edgy and children’s theatre are terms that do not usually butt up against each other in a review…but [Barrel of Monkeys] is edgy children’s theatre that rivals anything done by and for grown-ups that comes out of those larger purveyors of Chicago-style sketch comedy.”
Chicago Stage Review

For more information about booking a group, call our office at 773-506-7140 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

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Universities: Do you have a course in ensemble theatre, social justice based performance, arts education, multicultural theatre, English as a second language education, common core curriculum, creative writing, and/or community-based arts learning?  We do all of that! After teaching creative writing residencies in Chicago Public Elementary Schools the actors and musicians of Barrel of Monkeys adapt the student-written work for the stage and share it with you.  Post-show talk backs may be arranged with sufficient advance request. As our actors are our teaching artists and vice versa, talkbacks can cover a wide variety of topics and can be catered to your needs.

Youth Groups: “Sketch comedy” is not usually synonymous with “kid friendly”, but here is where Barrel of Monkeys’ performances are unique! Everything we perform is written by 3rd-5th graders from underserved elementary schools in Chicago, and the show is completely appropriate for all ages. Children aged 5 years and above will have the most rewarding experience.

Birthday Parties: Come join us for your/your friend’s/your mom’s/your child’s/your niece’s next Birthday Bash. The show lasts one hour. There are copious restaurants and bars in the Andersonville neighborhood to visit pre- or post-show!

Groups of 10 or more pay just $8 per adult, $6 per child!

Shows are held almost every Monday nights at 8pm and for a limited amount of Sunday matinees at 2pm. Running time: 1 hour.

For more information about booking a group, call our office at 773-506-7140 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

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From the Blog

The Monkey Minute!

Posted by Amanda Farrar on March 18

After teaching creative writing residencies in a Chicago Public School or the Chicago Park District, teaching artists collect the students’ notebooks and share them with several of the company’s ensemble of professional actors and musicians. Together, the teaching artists,… More

The Monkey Minute!

Posted by Amanda Farrar on March 11

In each and every school show since Barrel of Monkeys’ inception in 1997, one or more student-written stories have been adapted into song for the stage. Multiply that by upwards of 15 original school shows each year, and you have a couple… More

The Monkey Minute!

Posted by Amanda Farrar on March 04

Do you ever wonder how we put together the stories that are performed in That’s Weird, Grandma? How do we pick just a couple dozen stories from 17 years of incredible student-written stories? How do we showcase a range of… More

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“Audiences can sense that all of the actors are having a great time and giving it their all during the show. Best yet? It's perfect for all ages.”

–Dennis Mahoney, Centerstage.net