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.

A Pause to That’s Weird, Grandma

After 20 years of our long running production of, That’s Weird, Grandma and in coming out of a global pandemic, PlayMakers Laboratory has had to pause public performances to focus on our in-school programming. We hope to return to the public stage soon with another 20 years of That’s Weird, Grandma, so stay tuned and consider making a donation today!


Be sure to check out our website to see other public performances including our Celebration of Authors Gala in June, Our FREE touring production of PlayMakers in the Park through the Chicago Park District, and our end of the year 26th Anniversary Fundraiser Performance in December at the Neo-Futurist Theatre.


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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...

“[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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“There is laughter, fun, joy in every step of the creative writing process in this program.”

–Elsa Carmona, Principal, Little Village Academy