PlayMakers Laboratory Theatre

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That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: January Pt. 2
Children’s/Family, Virtual
Jan 25, 2021

Now in its 20th year, That’s Weird, Grandma features adaptations of stories written during PlayMakers Laboratory’s creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. PML’s ensemble of professional actors, comedians …

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: Black History Month Show Pt. 1
Children’s/Family, Virtual
Feb 06, 2021

Now in its 20th year, That’s Weird, Grandma features adaptations of stories written during PlayMakers Laboratory’s creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. PML’s ensemble of professional actors, comedians …

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: Presidents Days Show
Children’s/Family, Virtual
Feb 15, 2021

Now in its 20th year, That’s Weird, Grandma features adaptations of stories written during PlayMakers Laboratory’s creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. PML’s ensemble of professional actors, comedians …

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: Black History Month Show Pt. 2
Children’s/Family, Virtual
Feb 22, 2021

Now in its 20th year, That’s Weird, Grandma features adaptations of stories written during PlayMakers Laboratory’s creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. PML’s ensemble of professional actors, comedians …

The Neo-Futurists Theater
5153 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60640
773-506-7140
Founded in 1997 as Barrel of Monkeys, PlayMakers Laboratory  has spent over two decades providing vital arts education to Chicago elementary schools. The company’s ensemble of teaching artists and performers conducts six-week creative writing workshops with 3rd through 7th grade students, then brings the young authors’ stories to life as raucous sketches, songs and movement pieces, performing first for students in their schools and then for the public. The company has worked in over 60 Chicago elementary schools, serving more than 50,000 students. In 2004, Playmakers’ also implemented a year-round after-school program at Loyola Park Fieldhouse, in partnership with the Chicago Park District. These programs provide a rare opportunity for creative expression and build literacy skills, self-esteem, and confidence in students’ ideas and abilities.
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