January 19th- February 16th

That's Weird Grandma: Travels Through Time

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Journey PlayMakers Laboratory as Grandma takes a time machine to visit student-written stories set in
the past, present and future. Can Grandma repair the space-time continuum and return to the present?
With the help of PML’s students’ stories, anything is possible.

Regular Ticket Prices

Adults - $20
Children (12 & under) - $10
Seniors (65+), Veterans/Military, and Students with ID - $12
Teen Arts Pass members - $5

Run time: approximately 65 minutes with no intermission
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The Cast

Taylor Galloway
Jasmine Jordan
Nic Park
Ale Ramirez
Elisa Carlson 
Mary Tilden
Graig Tertulien
Nancy Casas
Tom Malinowski
Rawson Vint

About the Director

head shot of That's Weird, Grandma director Brandon Cloyd

Brandon Cloyd joined PlayMakers Laboratory in 2007 and has been deeply involved in many facets of the company ever since. Prior to joining PML, Brandon graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Business Institutions. Within PML, Brandon has served as an actor, teaching artist, lead teacher, a member of Teacher Corps, as well as directing shows for schools and public performances of That’s Weird, Grandma. Before becoming the company’s Artistic Director in September 2017, Brandon served as PML After-School Program Coordinator at Loyola Park from 2014-2016 and Program Director from 2016-2017. Outside of PlayMakers Laboratory, he worked as the Associate Director of Camp Echo, where he has spent 13 summers managing campers and staff at a co-ed sleep away camp in Upstate New York. Brandon has worked with other theatre companies including Urban Theatre Company, American Theater Company, Filament Theatre, InGen Productions, ACLE’s Teatrino in Italy and Purple Crayon Players at Northwestern University. Brandon recently joined the Board of Directors for the League of Chicago Theatres. 

What is That’s Weird, Grandma?

Now in its eighteenth year, 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.

Later This Season

That’s Weird, Grandma: A Hip-Hopera
Directed by Shá Norman
May 8th- May 23rd

That’s Queer, Grandma: 2 Night’s Only Event
Directed by Brandon Cloyd
June 22nd & June 29th

That’s Weird, Grandma: Campfire Stories
Directed by Brandon Cloyd
July 13th- August 17th


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PlayMakers Laboratory is excited to be an inaugural Teen Arts Pass (TAP) partner. TAP is a new initiative by Urban Gateways that gives young people ages 13-19 access to $5 tickets to see professional dance, music, and theater performances in and around Chicago. Learn more about the program and sign up here.



Some reviews of the show...

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

–Bonnie Kenaz-Mara, ChiIL Mama

“Barrel of Monkeys 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

“Barrel of Monkeys’ shows, like chocolate chip cookies, are a source of infinite delight.”

–Jessie Bond, Chicago Splash

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

What's New in TWG?

What are the Stories that Sing and Dance?

Posted by Brandon on April 26

We are a week out from opening That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories That Sing and Dance and I am very excited to share with you the incredible stories written by our students that are going into this Musical Extravaganza. You… More

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“PML teachers went the extra mile to incorporate our curriculum objectives.”

–4/5th Grade Teacher, Morton Academy