Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4f

"The show is about the ups and downs of motherhood; what binds mothers together, not what sets them apart...edgy, funny, and true." —Showcase Magazine
This original comedy about motherhood rips away the gauzy mask of parenthood to reveal what all mothers know but don’t always talk about: it’s overwhelming and exhausting, but also very, very funny.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

This original comedy about motherhood reveals what all mothers know but don’t always talk about: it’s overwhelming and exhausting, but also very, very funny. From the joys of infertility, through reading the same books over and over and over, to finally seeing your baby get on that school bus, this play mines the laughs and tears of the early years of motherhood.

Four separate characters tell their individual stories, either directly to the audience in monologues, or in scenes with each other.

Mothers everywhere can relate to the labor stories, the frustration of a simple trip to the store, the quest to connect with other mothers, all of which causes them to plan moms’ nights out and arrive in packs to laugh hysterically at this tribute to “the toughest job you’ll ever love.”

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Reviews

"The show is about the ups and downs of motherhood; what binds mothers together, not what sets them apart... edgy, funny, and true. — Showcase Magazine"

At the show we caught Saturday, the audience frequently exploded in laughter." — The Boston Globe

"Reveals the funny, secretive side of having kids!" — Parents & Kids Magazine

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Keywords

Parenting/Family

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The set can be as simple or elaborate as the director would like. It can be performed as a reading for a benefit with four chairs and four music stands and a handful of props. It can be produced with a simple set.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

The cast calls for 4 moms, reading between the ages of 25 - 40, any type or ethnicity.

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Authors

Lisa Rafferty

Lisa Rafferty is a director, playwright and producer known in the Boston area for helming plays and musicals at various theater companies and for producing the Elliot Norton Awards. She co-created 'FINISH LINE: A documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon' with Joey Frangieh - world premiere at the Shubert Theatr ...

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Sheila Eppolito

Sheila Eppolito's The MOMologues and MOMologues 2: Off to School draw on the hilarity and pathos inherent in mothering three (now) teenaged daughter ...

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Stefanie Cloutier

Stefanie Cloutier is a writer, performer, and communications professional whose personal life informs her professional one. In addition to co-writing the three MOMologues plays with Lisa Rafferty and Sheila Eppolito, she performed in the first two shows, and is a long-time theater veteran, wit ...

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The MOMologues was originally presented at the ICA Theatre in Boston on May 3, 2002. It was directed by Lisa Rafferty.

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