Barrel of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: BEHIND THE [MONKEY] MUSIC to Run 3/2-31
Barrel of Monkeys will present THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Behind the [Monkey] Music, an all-musical revue featuring a full evening of student stories adapted into songs by Barrel of Monkeys talented team of composers, co-directed by Artistic Director Molly Brennan, Company Member Erick Deshaun Dorris and Musical Director Gwen Tulin. This first-ever Behind the [Monkey] Music retrospective will include live interviews with composers, adaptation anecdotes and onstage antics that have become the signature delight of That's Weird, Grandma.
THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Behind the [Monkey] Music plays March 2 - 31, 2014 (Sundays at 2 pm and Mondays at 8 pm) at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. For tickets, reservations and information visit www.barrelofmonkeys.org or call (312) 409-1954. The press performance is Monday, March 10 at 8 pm.
Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble now in its 16th season, conducts creative writing workshops with 3rd through 5th grade students in underserved Chicago Public Schools. The ensemble of actor-educators then turns their stories and words into professionally performed theater, presented both in-school and for the general public through its revues. Barrel of Monkeys annually performs more than 300 student-written stories for the students in their schools and 175 stories on the stage for the general public.
Clever and funny - touching and poignant - Barrel of Monkeys' collection of short sketches are equally entertaining for both adults and children. The line-up changes each week by audience vote - so no two shows are ever the same.
Barrel of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL, featuring an array of holiday themed favorites, continues through January 13, 2014. THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Winter Matinees (Sundays at 2 pm) will play January 26 - February 23, 2014.