Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit

Just in time for Halloween, Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to present the newest revue of its much lauded sketch show: THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Ghosts, Ghouls and Talking Potatoes, directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd. The Halloween edition plays Sundays at 3 pm from October 7 - November 4, 2018 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.barrelofmonkeys.org or by calling (773) 506-7140. The press opening is Sunday, October 14 at 3 pm.

Gather ye 'round for a line-up of scary (and silly) stories featuring talking potatoes getting lost in the woods, Malcolm X fighting zombies, creepy slideshows that haunt old houses, and other spooky scenarios imagined by Chicago elementary school students.

The cast includes Jennifer Allman, Noah Appelbaum, Lev Caruso, Jean Carlos Claudio, Isabella Gerasole, Jasmine Jordan, Tom Malinowski, Kelan Smith, Mary Tilden, Rawson Vint and Rachel Wilson.

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 teaching artists guide 3rd through 5th graders through a six-week curriculum that uses theater to bring out the storyteller in every child. Afterward, 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.

The stories in THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA resonate with adults while celebrating the imaginations of young people. Rotating themes highlight the diversity of stories BOM students concoct, from hilarious dialogues between unlikely characters to poignant pleas for social change. Every week brings a new line-up of stories, and BOM invites audiences to vote on their favorites at each performance.

Photo Credit: Beth Bullock Photography

Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Lev Caruso and Jennifer Allman

Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Lev Caruso, Jennifer Allman, Rawson Vint and Jasmine Jordan

Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Isabella Gerasole

Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Jasmine Jordan, Mary Tilden, Rachel Wilson, Tom Malinowski, Lev Caruso and Isabella Gerasole

Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Rachel Wilson and Mary Tilden

Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Mary Tilden and Jennifer Allman

Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Mary Tilden, Isabella Gerasole and Jennifer Allman

Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Kelan Smith, Rawson Vint and Lev Caruso

Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Kelan Smith and Tom Malinowski

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