20th Anniversary Gala

coa 2021

Celebrating 20 years of sharing the voices of Chicago’s youth through our signature production “That’s Weird, Grandma”.

The in-person viewing party will be taking place at The Annoyance Bar & Theatre in Chicago on August 5th, but the event is streamable from across the globe.

“That’s Weird, Grandma” began as a public show in 2001. Throughout the years, thousands of stories have been performed! Join us for a celebration of these young authors and their incredible words.

 

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READ the 20th Anniversary ORIGINAL STUDENT STORIES!

Click on the titles of the stories that are featured in the 20th Anniversary Gala for ‘That’s Weird, Grandma’ below to read along with the students’ original stories!

Subway Kids
Malcolm X and the Zombie and Monster Infection
My Bugatti
La Maestra Muy Enojada
Dear Alicia Keys
Rights!
Derrick/Deasia’s Happy Life
Horsewolf
Planet Dartruda
Rhinestones or Glitter: Stickers vs Crayons
Piranhas Should Not Exist
W-I-A-R-D
Prince and Princess
A Bad Day
I Believe Que Todos Los Días Cae Nieve
Thanksgiving
The Crazy Reindeer
Chitterlings
Spikey Bones and Rose

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All proceeds for this event will support our arts-based creative writing residencies in Chicago Public Schools and expanding programs internationally. 

 

“These are some of the funniest nonfamous people in the city... every time I see them they exceed my expectations.”

–Jenn Goddu, The Chicago Reader