DavJasFran Entertainment presents: “Punk Grandpa,” By LaurA! Force Scruggs
September 30 @ 7:00 pm - October 16 @ 8:00 pm CDT$20
DavJasFran Entertainment/Dreamers YOLO presents:
By LaurA! Force Scruggs
Directed by Davette J. Franklin
Stage Managed by Michelle Locke
Produced by Davette J. Franklin & Barbara J. Wells
Produced by Special Arrangement with PlayScripts Online
Thursday, September 30th at 7 pm
Friday, October 1st at 7 pm
Saturday, October 2nd at 7 pm
Thursday, October 7th at 7 pm
Friday, October 8th at 7 pm
Saturday, October 9th at 7 pm
Thursday, October 14th at 7 pm
Friday, October 15th at 7 pm
Saturday, October 16th at 7 pm
At DavJasFran Entertainment/Dreamers YOLO Theatre
5419 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
The show runs for approximately one hour.
Tickets are available here:
Older Laura/Narrator: Felisha Mcneal
Younger Laura: Sallie Anne Young
Grandpa: Colin Jones
Ensemble Members: Maria Lee, Beverly Munro, Christopher Bentley Owen and Mario Tortoriello
The show has also served as a fund-raiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. So far, Punk Grandpa has raised about $2,500 for Alzheimer’s. A percentage of the DavJasFran Entertainment/Dreamers YOLO production of Punk Grandpa will be going to the Chicago chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association.
“Punk Grandpa” is like a modern-day Auntie Mame, with genders reversed. It’s all about being yourself, embracing life and humor and the value of the grandparent/ grandchild relationship. It also touches on the topics of Alzheimer’s and Big Band/ Jazz music. The show is portrayed through storytelling, dance, music and vintage family movies and photos. It’ll put hair on your chest.
Punk Grandpa was first performed as a one-woman show at the 2013 Chicago Fringe Festival by the playwright LaurA! Force Scruggs. And, it had a partial reading (15 minutes) at Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series in July of 2013. It has since been performed as a one woman show around Chicago at numerous venues such as: Three Cat Productions’ SOLO Chicago Festival, David Boyle’s Chicago Solo Theatre, Chicago Home Theater Festival and Stage 773 (alongside Hip Hop Grandma) as well as at the 2015 NYC Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, the Orlando and Elgin Fringe Festivals and Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts. The first time it was performed with multiple characters was at Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois at their Waukegan Theatre Festival (a new works play festival) and then it was featured in Three Brothers’ 2016 season (with a one month run). It was also performed with a multiple character cast at the 2016 NYC FRIGID Festival at Under St. Marks. In addition, it has been performed with multiple characters online with the Incarn Virtual Theatre out of Brooklyn, New York and Act Your Page as well as internationally as a one person show with The Adelaide Fringe Festival and in England with Under The Headstocks Theatre, with multiple characters. And, a scene from it was read with Canada’s Sing for Your Supper online.
“Punk Grandpa” has won several awards. At 2016 FRIGID NYC, it received the Sold Out and Hangover (one of the top selling shows in the venue, receiving an additional performance) Awards. At the 2015 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in NYC, it won The Outstanding Performance in a Solo Show Award and Playwright/Performer LaurA! Force Scruggs also won the Congeniality Award. Furthermore, “Punk Grandpa” was a Quarterfinalist for the 2020 Screencraft Stage Play Contest as well.
“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.
“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
“…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
“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
“Punk Grandpa” is published through PlayScripts Online: