Cambrian Player Presents a Funny and Heartwarming Season Closer
Story by Amy Sellors, Photo by Matt Goertz

They say that “Mother knows best.” Whether or not that is true, audiences will certainly have the opportunity to learn a great deal about what mothers know in Cambrian Players’ upcoming production of The MOMologues. A comedic, educational, and heartwarming look at the highs and lows in wanting to be a mom, becoming a mom, and all the steps in between, the programming team at Cambrian felt this play would be the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.

Written by women for women, The MOMologues reflects many different ways of raising a family with no judgement. This play was conceived by director and writer Lisa Rafferty, who searched in vain for a play that offered an honest, funny look at motherhood. Rafferty teamed up some fellow moms, Stefanie Cloutier and Sheila Eppolito, and wrote a show based on stories and experiences of raising children. Not all laughs, this play is a frank look at some of the more challenging sides of motherhood—infertility, miscarriages, and the delivery room. In a realistic and relatable way, The MOMologues broaches topics you might not bring up at the dinner table, or that new moms might be afraid to discuss.

In casting this show, director Nathalie Roy searched for excellent storytellers to bring these characters to life. Mary Davis plays Ellen. Sarcastic, full of ideas, and a bit paranoid, Ellen connects with other moms on the playground as they all engage in a bit of friendly competition. Shannon Vancook plays Stef. She cites the “big emotions” as both her favourite part of the show and her biggest challenge. Jennifer Jones and Leane Shuttleworth complete the cast.

This play is for mothers, and anyone who has a mother. Why not treat your mother to the theatre? For this show, the Cambrian Players have added a Mother’s Day matinee on May 12 that includes a tea at intermission, complete with finger sandwiches and little cakes.

Some important information: this play deals with strong language and mature content. Having kids and raising a family isn’t always pretty. If you’re thinking of bringing kids to the show, consider that you might have to explain some challenging topics on the drive home.

The MOMologues plays at Cambrian’s new home at 818 Spring Street. Tickets are $20–$25 for evening performances (May 8–11 and 15–18 at 7:30 pm) and $30 for the Mother’s Day matinee (May 12, 2 pm). Purchase tickets at Calico Coffeehouse, Fireweed Crafts, and Eventbrite. Visit Cambrian Player’s Facebook and Instagram pages to learn more.