Zoe Schwartz and a Few of Our Other Favorite Things

Posted by Tom on August 24, 2018

That's Weird Grandma

We’re wrapping up the final production of our 2018-19 season, That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories About Food, this Monday night at The Neo-Futurists Theater - and it’s your last chance to catch a BOM show ‘til October. We’re taking a short hiatus to prep for our next year of teaching creative writing in Chicago elementary schools, and adapting new stories to eventually share with you!

Zoe Schwartz and Barrel of Monkeys company members performing Nacho and Work during a performance of That's Weird, Grandma

Zoe is very concerned during the board meeting in “Nacho and Work” by Biana R. from Lorca Elementary School



Sadly, this Monday night is the last time you’ll see Zoe Schwartz in That’s Weird, Grandma for awhile. She’ll be moving to Los Angeles within the next two months and heading onto a new adventure. We asked her some questions about the most memorable parts of her eight years as a BOM company member.

What’s a BOM teaching memory that you enjoyed?
One time at Logandale- Avondale, our teaching team approached the school in our BOM shirts and all the kids in the playground went wild like we were mega celebrities. They started screaming and ran to the fence to try to touch our hands. It was pretty special.

What’s a BOM adaptation that you treasure?
So, so many - but if I had to pick ONE it would be “Sad Butterflies at The Wedding,” which was from my first school show and was the first time I was like, “Oh yeah I should be doing this forever.”

Zoe Schwartz in a Hershey Kisses costume during a performance of That's Weird, Grandma: Stories About Food

Zoe plays a singing Hershey Kiss during “I Believe That Everything Needs to Be Chocolate” by Luis M. from Seward Communication Arts Academy.




Three things you’ll miss about Chicago.
The Lake
My friends and family
Monday nights at TWG!

Three things you’re so looking forward to in L.A.
No Winter
The Ocean/Mountains
Fame and Fortune! JK maybe all the succulents.

What’s a story that’s in TWG now that you’re thrilled to be a part of?
“Nacho At Work” (pictured below).

Barrel of Monkeys company members performing Nacho at Work during a performance of That's Weird, Grandma: Stories About Food

We don’t want the final blog post of the 2018-19 season to be entirely sad, though! So with food on our minds, we gave the cast and crew a silly task - telling us their favorite (and least favorite) foods.  How do you compare? 

Cedar likes potatoes, not raw mushrooms.
Joe likes corn, not tomatoes.
Nancy likes tacos, not pizza puffs.
Deanna likes potatoes.
Laura likes tacos al carbon, not licorice.
Mary Winn likes peaches, not dill.
Mari likes tacos de carne esada, not liver.
Raquel likes sweet potato fries, not olives.
Nick likes shrimp, not brussels sprouts.
Rawson likes protein, not spamone.
Zoe likes hot dogs, not mustard.
Jen likes pizza, not salmon.
Jean likes rice and beans, not artichokes.
Noah likes Jet Puff marshmallows, not Natto (fermented soybeans).
Diana likes cornbread, not eggplant.
Tom likes sushi, not liver. 
Ida doesn’t like stale potato chips.

You can catch all the food-themed fun at our final performance of That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories About Food Monday at 8. Avoid waiting at the box office and purchase your tickets ahead of time here.

Barrel of Monkeys company members performing the closing number of

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