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Festival 56 brings back ‘Hometown-Anonymous’

Published: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 6:35 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — “Hometown-Anonymous,” an original Festival 56 play based on stories submitted by Princeton residents, returns for an encore run over Princeton’s Homestead weekend Sept. 13-15 at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton.

In “Hometown-Anonymous,” five actors playing a variety of characters and share bittersweet but ultimately life-affirming tales – the challenge of growing up in a small town like Princeton, the experience of dealing with personal setbacks and losses, and the sometimes painful disagreements over politics and religion. The “Hometown-Anonymous” stories also convey Princeton’s community spirit, and the way a small town can pull together with good will, generosity and humor.

As Dexter Brigham, Festival 56 artistic director, explains, “Hometown-Anonymous is a work of fiction that was inspired by many tales about life that were submitted by residents of Princeton. While inspired by true events and people, it has definitely been woven together in a way that tells a new story about not just our community, but all small towns.”

Brigham, Aleena Yunuba Hammack and Brad Raimondo collaborated in crafting the play that has now become “Hometown-Anonymous.” Raimondo directs this Festival 56 production.

“Hometown-Anonymous” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased by calling 815-879-5656, ext. 11, stopping at the Grace Theatre box office or online at

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