Chore Monkeys

As a young black man, trying to make his way as a handyman via the Chore Monkey web site, Dante found it impossible to get customers to look past his profile photo and hire him. So he turned to Peter, an old, white high school friend who dropped out of college to smoke pot and play video games. Now they use Peter’s white face to land jobs—Peter gets them in the door and Dante does all the physical labor....
As a young black man, trying to make his way as a handyman via the Chore Monkey web site, Dante found it impossible to get customers to look past his profile photo and hire him. So he turned to Peter, an old, white high school friend who dropped out of college to smoke pot and play video games. Now they use Peter’s white face to land jobs—Peter gets them in the door and Dante does all the physical labor.

The arrangement grates on both of them—Peter wants more money and recognition, and Dante is constantly confronted by the racism that underlies the whole situation. When Peter’s habit of stealing little “souvenirs” from their clients gets noticed and the police are called in, their partnership and friendship crashes into pieces.
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Chore Monkeys

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  • Greg Hovanesian:
    24 Jun. 2018
    If a person is absolutely against racism, and has experienced discrimination in their lifetimes, can they still be racist without realizing it? The answer, of course, is yes, and Chore Monkeys makes this crystal clear to anyone unsure or undecided. Gabridge has written a play that is fun and accessible, and yet confronts the audience with a number of situations that should make us think: why is this happening? And why does it seem so normal?
  • Ginger Lazarus:
    30 Jun. 2017
    Leave it to Pat Gabridge to write a hilarious, disturbing play about assembling IKEA furniture. For people who have only ever hired freelancers to come into their home and help with tedious tasks, this is the view "behind the scenes." Dante and Peter's tense partnership keeps me laughing and horrified all along, and the play stands as a wry comment on how new economic realities intersect with race and privilege.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    North Shore Reader's Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Wilbury Theatre Group
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • University
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    College of Charleston
    ,
    2018