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PlayMakers Laboratory’s THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: House Par-Tay

PlayMakers Laboratory is happy to announce the March 2021 line-up for its standard on-line revue That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay, celebrating Women’s History Month, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, plus a particular Poetry Slam version. The artistic sequence of tales written by elementary faculty college students, tailored and carried out by PML’s skilled actors streams Mondays at 8 pm CST from March 1 – 29, 2021 by way of Patreon. Tickets ($2 – $4 subscriptions) are at present accessible at playmakerslab.org.

Now in its twentieth year, That’s Weird, Grandma options variations of tales written throughout PlayMakers Laboratory’s artistic writing residencies in Chicago elementary faculties. PML’s ensemble {of professional} actors, comedians and musicians carry the younger authors’ tales to life as raucous sketches, songs and motion items, performing first for college kids of their faculties after which for the general public. These tales – from hilarious dialogues between unlikely characters to poignant pleas for social change – resonate with adults whereas celebrating the imaginations of younger individuals.

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay Performance Schedule:

Monday, March 1 at 8 pm CST

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: Women’s History Month Pt. 1

Directed by Cedar Larson

Monday, March 8 at 8 pm CST

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: Poetry Slam!

Directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd

Monday, March 15 at 8 pm CST

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd

Monday, March 22 at 8 pm CST

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: Women’s History Month Pt. 2

Directed by Kaylyn Carter

Monday, March 29 at 8 pm CST

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: Happy Easter!

Directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay contains tales from PML’s “Submit Your Story Challenge,” which inspires college students from throughout the nation to submit tales from dwelling in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. For extra info, go to playmakerslab.org/education.

Nick Crothers performs “Pickle Juice Man,” a part of PlayMakers Laboratory’s digital revue That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay. Photo courtesy PlayMakers Laboratory.

About the Directors:

Kaylyn Carter is an actor and instructing artist based mostly in Chicago, IL, and Asheville, NC. She acquired her BA in Theatre from the School of Theatre at Florida State University. In addition to Playmakers Laboratory Theatre, Kaylyn has been a instructing artist with Northlight Theatre. As a performer, Kaylyn is a company member with Playmakers Laboratory Theatre and a frequent collaborator with Hot Kitchen Collective. Her work has been seen on the phases of Steppenwolf, The Hideout, Rhino Fest, Salonathon and High Concept Labs.

Brandon Cloyd joined PlayMakers Laboratory in 2007 and has been deeply concerned in lots of sides of the company ever since. Prior to becoming a member of 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, instructing artist, lead trainer, a member of Teacher Corps, in addition to directing exhibits for faculties and public performances of That’s Weird, Grandma. Before turning into 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 PML, he labored because the Associate Director of Camp Echo, the place he has spent 13 summers managing campers and employees at a co-ed sleep away camp in Upstate New York. Brandon has labored with different theatre corporations together with Urban Theatre Company, American Theater Company, Filament Theatre, InGen Productions, ACLE’s Teatrino in Italy and Purple Crayon Players at Northwestern University. Brandon not too long ago joined the Board of Directors for the League of Chicago Theatres.

Cedar Larson is the Producer and Company Manager for Playmakers Laboratory and has been a Company Member since 2016. She is an alumni of North Park University and is an Ensemble Member with The New Colony and a technician with The Neo-Futurists. She has labored throughout Chicago in varied positions with corporations comparable to Shattered Globe, Governors State University, North Park University, WildClaw Theatre, The House Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago and Filament Theatre.

Jordan Harris performs “The Wind and the Rain,” a part of PlayMakers Laboratory’s digital revue That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay. Photo courtesy PlayMakers Laboratory.

About PlayMakers Laboratory

Since PlayMakers Laboratory’s inception in 1997 as Barrel of Monkeys, its instructing artists have served greater than 60 Chicago Public Schools. Over 15,000 elementary faculty college students have participated within the PlayMakers applications, which goal to build college students’ writing expertise, enhance shallowness, and instill confidence of their concepts and skills.