When Momma Prayed blends faith, belief, gospel, and blues

When Momma Prayed, which debuted and filled the house at the Mixed Blood Theater in 2007, takes spiritual flight again beginning August 8 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, enhanced with six pieces of original music created by musician ‘Dr. Fink,’ (Matt Fink, former co-writer and sideman for years with Prince) and playwright-director Darryl Harrell.

Starring Greta Oglesby and a cast of six actors, nine singers, a dancer, and two musicians, the play is an uplifting story about a rural, very poor, black family living in the Deep South in the 1960’s. When the father unexpectedly passes away, the family’s food and money quickly vanish. Their situation becomes dire, Momma prays, and her prayer is answered in a miraculous way.

A scene from When Momma Prayed
A scene from When Momma Prayed

The cast all come from, and are professionally rooted in, the Minneapolis theater community. They have performed in venues such as The Lincoln Center in New York, The Guthrie, The Ordway and Penumbra in St. Paul, The Goodman in Chicago, and have performed in major motion pictures, television and music production.

The play contains a blend of soulful singing, gospel, and blues music that is written, produced and performed by nationally recognized musical talent from Minneapolis.

There will be fifteen performances at the Hopkins Center, starting with opening night, 7:00 p.m. Friday August 8. Four Saturday matinee performances will be held at Noon on August 9, 16, 23, with the closing performance the noon matinee Saturday August 30.

Tickets are $16, $20, and $24, with group discounts available by ordering through the Hopkins Center box office,. All information about the production is detailed in the website www.whenmommaprayed.com.