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That’s Weird, Grandma: Brand New Stories

June 18-July 16
Monday nights at 8 at the Neo-Futurists Theater

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Barrel of Monkeys proudly presents a line-up of brand-new stories written by elementary school students during the 2017-18 school year. Be among the first to experience our newest songs, sketches, and dance pieces adapted from stories written by kids in our creative writing workshops all across Chicago.


Ticket Prices

Adults - $15
Seniors (65+), Veterans/Military, and Students with ID - $10
Groups of 10 or more - $10 using code MONKEYGROUP at check-out
Children (12 & under) and Teen Arts Pass members - $5


Run time: approximately 65 minutes with no intermission


About the Director

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Brandon Cloyd joined Barrel of Monkeys in 2007 and has been deeply involved in many facets of the company ever since. Prior to joining BOM, Brandon graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Business Institutions.

Within BOM, Brandon has served as an actor, teaching artist, lead teacher, a member of Teacher Corps, as well as a director for schools and public performances of That’s Weird, Grandma. Before becoming the company’s Artistic Director in September 2017, Brandon served as BOM After-School Program Coordinator at Loyola Park from 2014-2016 and Program Director from 2016-2017.

Outside of Barrel of Monkeys, he worked as the Associate Director of Camp Echo, where he has spent 13 summers managing campers and staff at a co-ed sleep away camp in Upstate New York. Brandon has worked with other theatre companies including Urban Theatre Company, American Theater Company, Filament Theatre, Ingen Productions, ACLE’s Teatrino in Italy and Purple Crayon Players at Northwestern University.

What is That’s Weird, Grandma?

That’s Weird Grandma is a sketch comedy show adapted from stories written during Barrel of Monkeys’ creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. Our ensemble of professional adult actors and musicians use these stories to devise sketches, songs, and movement pieces that resonate with adults while celebrating young authors’ imaginations.

Upcoming Shows

That’s Weird, Grandma: Brand New Stories
Monday nights at 8, June 18 - July 16

That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories about Food
Monday nights at 8, July 23 - August 27

Teen Arts Pass logo

Barrel of Monkeys is excited to be an inaugural Teen Arts Pass (TAP) partner. TAP is a new initiative by Urban Gateways that gives young people ages 13-19 access to $5 tickets to see professional dance, music, and theater performances in and around Chicago. Learn more about the program and sign up here.



Some reviews of the show...

“Barrel of Monkeys brings its A-game every week. That’s not just devotion to the craft: it’s devotion to the cause.”

–Ian Rigg, Chicagoland Musical Theatre

“Barrel of Monkeys’ shows, like chocolate chip cookies, are a source of infinite delight.”

–Jessie Bond, Chicago Splash

“THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA is for everyone. Everything about Barrel of Monkeys is amazing, their talent for teaching and acting, their mission and vision, their impact, and how they put a smile on everyone’s face.”

–Eden Diez, Buzz Chicago

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Posted by Gavin on July 2

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“There is laughter, fun, joy in every step of the creative writing process in this program.”

–Elsa Carmona, Principal, Little Village Academy