GRANDMA'S BACK FOR A LIMITED TIME!

 

The limited-run return of… That’s Weird, Grandma is Back! Just in Time for the Holidays

You heard that right! That’s Weird, Grandma! is back for a LIMITED RUN this winter! Save the date and be sure to get your tickets for our flagship public performance of students’ stories

Friday, December 8 at 7PM
Saturday, December 9 at 2PM
Sunday, December 10 at 2PM
Saturday, December 16 at 2PM
Sunday, December 17 at 2PM

Performances at the Neo Futurtist Theater in Andersonville!
5153 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

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Stories in That’s Weird, Grandma is Back! Just in Time for the Holidays?

MONICA’S SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVE
THE ADVENTURES OF DUDE-POP & BOB
XBOX
IRS DOGNAPPERS
THE TRIP TO REMEMBER
JERRY LIKE TO WORK
JERRY THE TOOTH BUNNY
UNTITLED (ELIJAH)
SECRET PILOT
THE WEDDING
THE UNKNOWN BABY
DEAR HIDOYLA
I AM A COCKROACH THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
THE LOVE BIRD
THANKSGIVING
CRAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (IT’S SNOW CRAB)
THE SORD
THE GIRL WHO SAID NO!

Meet the Cast of That’s Weird, Grandma is Back! Just in Time for the Holidays

Stage Manager: Daniel Parsons
Director: Brandon Cloyd
Cast: Jen Allman, Erin Alys, Juanita Andersen, Noah Appel, Mat Benson, Elijah Cox, Nick Crothers, Madison Grady, Barry Irving, Sam Nieves, Yongwoo Park, Allison Sokolowski, Brad Stevens, Lexy Weixel, and Allison Zanolli

What is That’s Weird, Grandma?

That’s Weird, Grandma features adaptations of stories written during PML’s creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. PML’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. These stories - from hilarious dialogues between unlikely characters to poignant pleas for social change - resonate with adults while celebrating the imaginations of young people.

Also…

Be sure to check out our website to see other public performances including our Celebration of Authors Gala each June, and our FREE touring production of PlayMakers in the Park through the Chicago Park District.

FAQ’s and more info

What’s all this, then?

That’s Weird, Grandma! is our once-a-year public show and fundraiser! The show features stories written by real PML students from Chicago Public Schools. Come celebrate their words and their imaginations.

Is this show kid and family-friendly?

This show is written by students, performed by adults, and enjoyed by everyone!
*We recommend elementary school-age and up!

How long is the show?

The show runs for approximately one hour.

Are masks required?

Yes, audience members are required to wear a mask in the Neo Furturist Theater for the duration of the show. We have masks available for you!

Is the venue ADA-accessible?

There is a flight of stairs up to the venue. However, please contact us ahead of time and we can make accommodations for anyone in your party to attend, and we can provide elevator access through the apartment building attached to the theatre

I have more questions, who can I contact?

Please email us at producer@playmakerslab.org Thank you!

Some reviews of the show...

“[PML's performers are] the perfect blend of over the top energy, comedic timing, and wacky facial expressions . . .”

–Bonnie Kenaz-Mara, ChiIL Mama

“[PlayMakers Laboratory] brings its A-game every week. That’s not just devotion to the craft: it’s devotion to the cause.”

–Ian Rigg, Chicagoland Musical Theatre

“[PlayMakers Laboratory] shows, like chocolate chip cookies, are a source of infinite delight.”

–Jessie Bond, Chicago Splash

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That's Weird, Grandma

Jen Johnson, Mary Winn Heider, and Laura McKenzie performing in
Raquel Torre wearing a shark hat performing in

“I have some reluctant writers who now have lots of ideas and are more ready to take risks.”

–3rd Grade Teacher, Lorca Elementary