Bay Area Premiere | My Mañana Comes

September 29, 2015



Production Dates: October 29 – November 22, 2015
Opening Night: November 3, 2015

Rich, Poignant Comedy Shines a Realistic Spotlight on the Realities of Serving in a Fine Dining Establishment

MILL VALLEY, CA—Marin Theatre Company continues its 49th Season with the Bay Area premiere of Elizabeth Irwin’s My Mañana Comes. Four busboys at an upper west side Manhattan French restaurant learn the hard way when a slow summer season leads to harsh pay cuts, jeopardizing their plans, their dignity and their camaraderie.

Irwin’s critically acclaimed Mañana is the product of her 2013-2014 Playwrights Realm Fellowship and received its Off Broadway debut last year at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. This production earned multiple award nominations, including the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Play, the Drama Desk Outstanding Play, and the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Awards.

New Partnership with UrbanSitter helps moms attend plays at Marin Theatre Company

Following the success of our first Moms Matinee in September, Marin Theatre Company is pleased to continue to partner with UrbanSitter, a website and app that helps busy parents find trusted babysitters and nannies, to enable the numerous young families in the Bay Area to attend live theater more easily. In addition to offering a special discount for Marin Theatre Company patrons, for the second time this season UrbanSitter will provide babysitters for MTC’s Moms Matinee on Saturday, November 7, at 2:00 pm.

More about Elizabeth Irwin

ELIZABETH IRWIN was born in Worcester, raised by Brooklyn and finished by el D.F. (aka Mexico City). Before becoming a playwright she was a high school English teacher followed by a very long stint as a wanderer. She was selected as a member of the 2012-13 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab while living shoe-free on a Mexican beach so she came back to New York. She then became a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in 2013, followed by Playwrights Realm’s Page One Resident Playwright in 2014-15. Her latest play, My Mañana Comes (Lucille Lortel Outstanding Play nominee, Drama Desk Outstanding Play Nominee, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award Nominee), received its critically acclaimed off Broadway debut at the Peter Jay Sharp theater in 2014. So far, it is slated for productions in 2015-16 at San Diego REPertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, ArtsWest Seattle, and Teatro Vista in Chicago.

From Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis: “Elizabeth Irwin is an important new voice in the American theatre and I am delighted that Marin Theatre is presenting her Bay Area premiere. She has crafted an urgent new play about the elusiveness of the American Dream for young workers attempting to make ends meet for their families. As our national debate intensifies around immigration and undocumented workers, My Mañana Comes is a cry for compassion.”

Performing Arts | Theater

My Mañana Comes | Bay Area Premiere

Marin Theatre Company
By Elizabeth Irwin
Directed by Kirsten Brandt
Featuring Eric Aviles, Caleb Cabrera, Carlos Morales and Shaun Patrick Tubbs

Oct 29 - Nov 22, 2015
Opening Night: Tuesday, Nov 3
Previews: Thursday, Oct 29 – Sunday, Nov 1

Performance Days
New! All Evening Shows at 7:30 pm: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun
Matinees: Sun (Preview) Nov 1, 4:00pm; Thu (Perspectives) Nov 12, 1:00pm; Sat, Nov 7 & Nov 21, 2:00pm; Sun Nov 8, 15 & 22, 2:00pm

Marin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

When four busboys in an upscale Manhattan restaurant learn that their regular wages are about to be drastically cut, they are forced to either stand up in solidarity against the establishment’s management, or recognize that not everyone on staff is willing to sacrifice what it takes to work towards and achieve a common goal.

"Elizabeth Irwin’s involving, thoughtful 'My Mañana Comes'…is character study with a political edge — honed nearly as sharp as the men’s paring knives." - New York Times

Running Time: 90 minutes


Discounts for seniors, youth, groups, military families and Marin County teachers are available. Contact the Box Office for more details.


  • After Words: Join a member of MTC’s artistic staff (often with one or more members of the cast) for a Q&A talk back after every performance, except Saturday evenings and Opening and Closing Nights
  • Perspectives pre-show topical lecture: Thu, 11/12, 12:00 p.m.
  • MTC After Hours. Following the Saturday 11/14 at 7:30pm performance, join members of the audience and cast in the lobby to continue the conversation. Featuring a live jazz trio and drink specials.

New! Marin Theatre Company is proud to partner with the Theatre Development Fund's Open Captioning Initiative to provide open captioned performances of each of the plays in our mainstage series on the Thursday matinee. The open captioned performance for My Mañana Comes will be Thursday, 11/12, at 1:00pm.

For visually impaired patrons, Large Print playbills are available with one week’s advance notice. To request a Large Print playbill, call MTC’s Box Office, (415) 388-5208, or use the California Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing “711.” For hearing impaired patrons, amplified sound

Assistive Listening Devices are available.

CONTACT | (415) 388-5208 |

Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area’s premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season focused on new American plays, and a four-show Family Series. We are committed to the development and production of new plays, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards and readings and workshops by the nation’s best emerging and established playwrights. Our numerous education programs serve more than 8,500 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year. MTC strives to create intimate, powerful and emotional experiences that engage audiences to discuss new ideas and adopt a broader point of view. We believe in taking risks and inspiring people to participate in live theater, regardless of personal means. MTC celebrates the intellectual curiosity of our community, and we believe that theater is an important tool to help build empathy. MTC was founded in 1966 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Sara Waugh, Marketing Director
(415) 388-5200 ext. 3302 |

Read more about the relevant issues discussed in My Mañana Comes, and watch an interview with the playwright Elizabeth Irwin!

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