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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.


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


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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What's New in TWG?

Young People Get It.

Posted by Corinne on November 11

Our students are young, but they are not naïve. They know exactly what took place at the ballot box this week, and inside each of their brilliant minds are opinions and questions and hopes and fears about the future. … More

Inside the Monkeys Studio: Interview with Rawson Vint

Posted by Eunice on July 10

With The Ten Diamonds and Sisters by Michelle A. from the Johnson School of Excellence slated to go into TWG on Monday, I sat down with Rawson Vint, the mastermind behind adapting this story into a song. We chatted about… More

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“I'll miss you guys so much, you made me start to love writing. I'll keep this notebook forever.”

–Marquisha, 5th grade, Chalmers Elementary