FREE EVENT! Barrel of Monkeys Presents Annual CELEBRATION OF AUTHORS
Barrel of Monkeys, in collaboration with the The University of Chicago Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, invites you to join student-authors, their classmates, family and educators for the annual CELEBRATION OF AUTHORS, featuring performances of student-written stories created at all of its partner schools and after-school program during the 2013-2014 season. Performed by more than 30 Barrel of Monkeys actors and musicians and directed by Artistic Director Molly Brennan, this FREE event takes place Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm (6:30 pm reception) at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St. in Chicago. For reservations, please call (312) 409-1954.
During 2013-14, Barrel of Monkeys worked with 13 Chicago Public school partners in 38 classrooms, plus one after-school program. The Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble, now in its 17th season, conducts creative writing workshops with 3rd through 5th grade students in underserved Chicago Public Schools. The ensemble of actor-educators then turns their stories and words into professionally performed theater, presented both in-school and for the general public through its revues. Barrel of Monkeys annually performs more than 300 student-written stories for the students in their schools and 175 stories on the stage for the general public through its year-round review, THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA at The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago.
For additional information on Barrel of Monkeys educational programs and public performances, please visit www.barrelofmonkeys.org.
Chicago Public Schools served by Barrel of Monkeys during the 2013-14 season include: Avondale-Logandale School, Willa Cather Elementary, Chalmers School of Excellence, Columbia Explorers Academy, Dewey School of Excellence, Dixon Elementary, Haines Elementary, Herzl School of Excellence, Johnson School of Excellence, LEARN Campbell, Lorca Elementary, Morton School of Excellence and Poe Classical. Barrel of Monkeys is also an Arts Partner in Residence at Loyola Park District.
Title: CELEBRATION OF AUTHORS
Written by: Chicago Public School Students
Adapted for the stage by: Barrel of Monkeys Company Members
Director: Molly Brennan
Featuring: Barrel of Monkeys Company Members
Location: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St., Chicago
Dates: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm performance, 6:30 pm reception
Tickets: FREE. For reservations, please call (312) 409-1954.
About the Director
Molly Brennan, a Barrel of Monkeys company member since 1999, has held a variety of positions in the company, including actor, teacher, lead teacher, director and artistic associate. She was named Artistic Director in 2011. Brennan is also a Company Member of 500 Clown, and has performed in Chicago and toured all over the country. Her recent acting credits include: The Life and Death of Madam Barker at Red Tape Theatre, Second City’s Guide to the Opera at Lyric, Lookingglass Theatre’s Peter Pan, A Play and Lookingglass Alice; and Harpo Marx in Goodman Theatre’s Animal Crackers. She has also performed with About Face Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The House Theatre of Chicago, Lifeline Theatre and Factory Theater.
About Barrel of Monkeys
Since Barrel of Monkeys’ inception in 1997 it has worked in 57 Chicago Public Schools. More than 7,000 lower-income elementary school students have participated in the Barrel of Monkeys programs that provide a rare opportunity for creative expression and build literacy skills, self-esteem and confidence in student ideas and abilities.