Pop culture icons take center stage in the newest revue of Barrel of Monkeys’ much lauded sketch show: THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Star-Studded Stories, directed by Company Member Mary Tilden, playing Sundays at 3 pm from January 20 – February 17, 2019 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 17, 2018 at www.barrelofmonkeys.org or by calling (773) 506-7140. The press opening is Sunday, January 27 at 3 pm.
The cast to date includes Juanita Andersen, Bryan Bosque, Kaylyn Carter, Maya Haughton, Barry Irving and Meredith Milliron. Additional casting to be announced.
Witness pop culture legends live onstage – or at least pop culture legends as 3rd – 5th graders imagine them! BOM performers portray stars past, present and fictional through outrageous dialogues, musical numbers and short sketches adapted from stories by Chicago elementary school students.
Now in its eighteenth year, 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.
Title: THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Star-Studded Stories
Written by: Chicago Elementary School Students
Adapted for the stage by: Barrel of Monkeys Company Members
Director: Company Member Mary Tilden
Cast: Juanita Andersen, Bryan Bosque, Kaylyn Carter, Maya Haughton, Barry Irving and Meredith Milliron. Additional casting to be announced.
Location: Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago
Dates: Preview: Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3 pm
Press performance: Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3 pm
Regular run: Sunday, February 3 – Sunday, February 17, 2019
Curtain Times: Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets: Previews: $10 for adults, $5 children 12 and under, $8 groups of 10 or more. Regular run: $20 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. Discounts: $12 for students with ID, seniors, veterans and groups of 10 or more people. Teen Arts Pass (TAP) members: $5 with ID. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 17, 2018 at www.barrelofmonkeys.org or by calling (773) 506-7140.
About the Director
Mary Tilden is an actor and comedian, originally from South Carolina. She most recently appeared in The Wolves at The Goodman, Our Dear Dead Drug Lord at the Latinx Theatre Common's Carnaval and Hookman at Steep Theatre. Mary's writing has been featured at The Paper Machete, The Skewer, Andersonville Lit Crawl and The Neo-Futurists. This is Mary's second time directing That's Weird, Grandma. As a performer, Mary improvises every Tuesday night at iO Chicago with her team Devil's Daughter and is currently in pre-production for a short film she's producing and starring in, written by Calamity West, entitled Cool for Five Seconds. You can follow her project on Instagram: @coolforfiveseconds or on Facebook: Cool for Five Seconds- Short Film.
About Barrel of Monkeys
Since Barrel of Monkeys’ inception in 1997, its teaching artists have served more than 60 Chicago Public Schools. Over 15,000 elementary school students have participated in the Barrel of Monkeys programs, which aim to build students' writing skills, improve self-esteem, and instill confidence in their ideas and abilities.
Barrel of Monkeys is sponsored in part by Wintrust Financial, Allscripts, Inc., Ernst and Young and Punchkick Interactive. It receives generous support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency; the National Endowment for the Arts; a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; the Chicago Community Trust; Crown Family Philanthropies; Alphawood Foundation of Chicago; the Maurice R. and Meta G. Gross Foundation; Polk Bros Foundation; the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; the Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.; The Saints; The Topfer Family Foundation, and many other generous individuals and foundations.