PlayMakers Laboratory Theatre

Upcoming Events

That’s Weird, Grandma: Goes Trick or Treating
Children’s/Family, Comedy, New Work
Runs Oct 06Nov 03, 2019
 THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA features adaptations of stories written during Barrel of
Monkeys’ creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. BOM’s ensemble of professional
actors, comedians and musicians bring 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. These stories –
from hilarious dialogues between unlikely characters to poignant pleas for social change – resonate with
adults while celebrating the imaginations of young people. Every week brings a new line-up of stories,
and BOM invites audiences to vote on their favorites at each performance.
The Neo-Futurists Theater
5153 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60640
773-506-7140
Founded in 1997 as Barrel of Monkeys, PlayMakers Laboratory Theatre 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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