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Punk Grandpa

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“Punk Grandpa” is about one magical weekend Laura spent with her grandpa at 5 3/4 years old, portrayed through storytelling, dance, music, vintage family movies & photos. Grandpa was the free-est, most inappropriate person Laura ever knew & this show demonstrates how he set Laura free to be herself through his humor & unpredictable, wild ways. It’ll put hair on your chest.

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Product ID: 6773

Additional information

Author

Genre

Comedy

Script Style

One Act

Duration (mins)

45

Male Cast

3

Female Cast

3

Total Cast

6

Synopsis

“Punk Grandpa” is about one magical weekend Laura spent with her grandpa at 5 3/4 years old, portrayed through storytelling, dance, music, vintage family movies & photos. Grandpa was the free-est, most inappropriate person Laura ever knew & this show demonstrates how he set Laura free to be herself through his humor & unpredictable, wild ways. It’ll put hair on your chest.

The website punkgrandpa.com has a show synopsis, listing of past show performances, press endorsements and links to other show-related websites.

Cast

LAURA:  a 5 3⁄4 year old misfit girl, raised in the fundamentalist, born-again Christian tradition and takes everything very seriously and sincerely, until she doesn’t, under the influence of her grandpa.

GRANDPA:  a completely uninhibited, free man, with a very unique sense of humor. He completely accepts and loves his granddaughter, LAURA.

ENSEMBLE #1:  Josh, Adult, Churchgoer #1, Uncle Jon, Kid, Sean, Schoolboy, Jake, Friend, Security Guard.

ENSEMBLE #2:  Aunt Susan,  Grandma, Mandi, Kid, Woman Resident of Nursing Home, Kid.

ENSEMBLE #3:  Dad, Churchgoer #2, Darren, Teenager, Policeman, Doctor, Director.

ENSEMBLE #4:  Mom, Teacher, Churchgoer #3, Kid, Stranger Lady, Black Umbrella Puppeteer.

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Previous Performances

*Punk Grandpa (one woman show version)

Chicago Fringe Festival, 2013

Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts, 2013

Orlando Fringe Festival, 2014

Elgin Fringe Festival, 2014

Stage 773, Chicago, w/Hip Hop Grandma, 2014

Three Cat Productions SOLO Chicago Festival, 2014

Chicago Solo Theatre, 2015

NYC Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, 2015

Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series (selection), 2013

Chicago Home Theater Festival (selection), 2014

*Punk Grandpa (multiple character version)

Waukegan Theatre Festival at Three Brothers Theatre, 2015

FRIGID New York Festival, 2016

Three Brothers Theatre’s season (expanded version), 2016

1 review for Punk Grandpa

  1. Steve Davies

    “I saw Punk Grandpa performed by Laura Scruggs, and it is simply put, perfect beauty. Intersections of identity and vulnerability and honesty and history and family, executed by a very talented and special performer, coming together in a way that touched everyone’s hearts. If you’ve ever felt different and admired the freedom that comes with just being true to that difference, no matter what other people think or say, go see it! Really.” 
                                  -Chicago audience member Aaron S.
     
     
    “Scruggs is a breathtakingly fresh story teller.”
                -Carl Gauze, Ink19; Orlando, FL
     
     
    “…when a kid realizes you don’t have to follow the rules all the time — it’s magical…
    …when Scruggs dons a mitten adorned with a photo of her grandpa and waltzes around the stage for one last dance with her beloved and much-missed relative, only a stone could remain unmoved.” 
                -Jessica Bryce Young, Orlando Weekly
     
     
    “It’s evident that the text has been lived in and is well polished.” 
                      -Michael Block, Theater in the Now, NYC
     
     
    “For a young girl, even a seemingly innocuous trip to the bank is a magically wondrous adventure when mixed with a grandfather’s bawdy humor and complete lack of filter. This play is a pleasant reminder of how the indelible memories of a loved one can forever shape character.”  
    -Anwar Ragep, My Entertainment World/My Theatre, NYC
     
     
    “This is a kind-hearted production which I hope will find an audience around the country.”  
                                            -Ed Malin, Indie Theater Now, NYC
     
     
    “While its psychedelic trappings and goofy humor delight, it’s Punk Grandpa’s honest simplicity which gives the play its real beauty…As in love and memory, Punk Grandpa magnifies and celebrates the little moments with those we cherish, honoring the idiosyncrasies that define a person and the relationships that define our lives.”  
                           ~Emily Cordes, Theatre is Easy, NYC, http://www.theasy.com/Reviews/2016/P/punkgrandpa.php

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