Festival 56 presents The MOMologues

PRINCETON – Festival 56 presents The MOMologues, a comedy that takes off the kid gloves and gets real about parenthood. Show dates are July 3, 5, 14, 17, and 19 at Princeton’s Grace Performing Arts Center. All performances start at 7:30 p.m.

The MOMologues brings area audiences a dose of everyday American motherhood, although the proverbial apple pie may sometimes be the in-your-face kind.

When writer and director Lisa Rafferty was looking for a play about motherhood, she couldn’t find one that told the truth and made audiences laugh at the same time. The only solution was to write the play herself. In collaboration with two other writers/mothers, Stefanie Cloutier and Sheila Eppolito, she created a one-act play about four women struggling with getting pregnant, giving birth, and caring for a newborn. This was the beginning of The MOMologues.

Encouraged by the success of the first MOMologue, the three writers expanded the play into a full-length production. The four moms on stage now had to deal with differences between raising boys and raising girls, picky eating, discipline, and where not to pee.

Then, just as in real life, along came a second MOMologue, Off to School, and a third, The Final Push, covering adolescence to leaving the nest.

Festival 56 is presenting the first of the MOMologues, which has been performed more than 1,000 times across the country and abroad, reminding audiences that no one is alone in this overwhelming, exhausting, and hilarious journey. Festival 56 cofounder Laura Brigham directs The MOMologues, and season sponsors are Heartland Bank and Trust, Princeton Tourism and Visitors Bureau, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This play is rated PG-13 and not suitable for younger children.

The Grace Performing Arts Center is located at 316 South Main Street in Princeton and is fully accessible with public parking nearby. To purchase tickets, visit www.festival56.com, call (815) 879-5656, email [email protected], or stop by the theater. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour before performances. Tickets are $29, $26 (seniors 65+), and $14 (students). Beer, wine, soft drinks, and the famous Festival 56 cheesecake are available for sale at the lobby bar. For further information, please contact the box office at (815) 879-5656.