Barrel of Monkeys presents That's Weird, Grandma: The Holiday Special

Barrel of Monkeys presents That's Weird, Grandma: The Holiday Special
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At Chicago Literati, we’re all about fostering creativity in the hearts and minds of our city’s youth, so imagine how delighted I was to receive a press release about a holiday show written by students of the Chicago Public School District:

Barrel of Monkeys invites you to join them by the imaginary hearth and celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL, featuring a festive array of holiday-themed favorites like Santa and Taco BellThe Crazy ReindeerSnowmen From PlutoSanta’s Mean Day and many more – all conceived and written by Chicago Public School students and adapted for the stage and performed by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members. 

That’s right, Barrel of Monkeys is an arts education theater ensemble that teaches creative writing workshops in Chicago Public Schools for third through fifth graders and then performs more than 300 shows for the kids and 175 stories for the public. What’s more is that this series is in its 16th season! So you want to catch a show? We’ve got the details here:


Written by:  Chicago Public School Students

Adapted for the stage by:  Barrel of Monkeys Company Members

Director:  Artistic Director Molly Brennan

Featuring:  Barrel of Monkeys Company Members

Location:  Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago

Dates:  December 9, 2013 – January 13, 2014

Press Performance: Monday, December 16 at 8 pm

Curtain Times:  Mondays at 8 pm

Tickets:  $12 for adults; $6 for children under 12. Tickets are available at or by calling (312) 409-1954.


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