This Tuesday: Barrel of Monkeys' Hilarious, Heartwarming Annual Tribute to their Child Authors

June 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Barrel of Monkeys presents Celebration of Authors 2010

Barrel of Monkeys presents Celebration of Authors - Photo by Dean  Ponce

Photo by Dean Ponce


This group is funnier than anything at Second City, more genuinely creative than anything at Lookingglass, and does more good than all the other nonprofit theaters in town put together. ” – Time Out Chicago


Barrel of Monkeys, an amazing organization operating in the nexus of Theater, Education, and pure Fun, will hold their ninth annual Celebration of Authors event at the Harold Washington Cultural Center this Tuesday, June 8 at 7pm.  And, my friends, I defy you to find a more wonderful event in all of Chicagoland.
You see, Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing workshops in Chicago Public Schools, then the ensemble adapts the stories into sketches and songs which are performed for the school, and later for the public as part of the long-running, ever-changing hit, That’s Weird, Grandma. Kids write it, Barrel of Monkeys performs it, and the world is saved one show at a time.
But where would Barrel of Monkeys be without the Chicago Public School students who provide their material?   Nowhere!
Celebration of Authors 2010Hence their gigantic annual Celebration of Authors!  The Monkeys invite these amazing student authors, their families and their classmates to see their work performed on a public stage for the first time.  This 75 minute show consists of ALL NEW student-authored, adult-performed stories selected from each school.  More than 35 Barrel of Monkeys ensemble members will bring them to exhilarating, hilarious life.  Audience members have the rare opportunity to meet the authors, the teachers and the principals from the schools Barrel of Monkeys members have worked with in this school year.  This one special night brings together both the educational and theater communities that Barrel of Monkeys serves all year and it is a chance to witness some of the most hilarious, entertaining and poignant pieces written by their talented students.
As always, Celebration of Authors is a free event (members of the public are invited to make a small donation if they are able), but unlike years past, it will be held in an exciting new performance space, the Harold Washington Cultural Center!
Make your reservations now at 312.409.1954 or!


And what about That’s Weird, Grandma?

That's Weird, Grandma - Barrel of Monkeys

Photo by Erich Nerger

You can see it every Monday night!  (Except this Monday due to Celebration of Authors!)

Adored by audiences of all ages and praised by critics, Barrel of Monkeys’ long-running hit is a hilarious, bizarre and high-energy presentation of songs and sketches written by kids.  The show changes each week based on audience votes and has now produced over 1,000 stories and musical numbers.

The Chicago Tribune says That’s Weird, Grandma is “so respectful of how kids think, it sidesteps ‘Kids-Say-the-Darndest-Things’ syndrome, veering into lunacy, social criticism, even poignancy.”

Time Out Chicago says, “if you don’t have a good time, there’s something wrong with you.”


That’s Weird, Grandma

Mondays @ 8pm.

The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N Ashland Ave (Foster & Ashland).

$10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Tickets can be purchased at 312.409.1954 or



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