San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents The West Coast Premiere of ‘My Mañana Comes’

San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents The West Coast Premiere of ‘My Mañana Comes’
September, 2015 Client News
SAN DIEGO – Sept. 16, 2015 – San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents the West Coast Premiere of “My Mañana Comes” by Elizabeth Irwin. Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, previews begin Oct. 1, 2015. Opening night is Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 and runs through Oct. 25, 2015 in the Lyceum Space.


When out to eat at a fine dining restaurant, one certainly pays more attention to the wine list than worry about the economic challenges of the busboys who silently keep the tables ready and clean. Aren’t the industrious ghosts who refill our water glass supposed to be politely ignored?

Not for playwright Elizabeth Irwin. In “My Mañana Comes,” the hopes and struggles of four busboys in a swanky restaurant are finally served-up as the main course. Peter and Whalid are American born. Jorge and Pepe are undocumented immigrants from Mexico. They are an amazing team – filling breadbaskets, folding napkins, slicing lemons, clearing tables and delivering food to unseen customers in a busboy ballet of crisscross, swerve and dodge. They bond and banter, show off and hide their secrets like only a team of laborers can. For these men what you take home each night in cash is what keeps your head above water. When a shocking event threatens to shatter their economic security and dreams of a better life, the need to take care of “number one” first opens a giant and dangerous chasm between the brothers. This gem of a drama is a wonderfully complex and surprising taste of the American dream.

“I am so pleased that ‘My Mañana Comes’ is one of four plays in our six show, 40th Anniversary Season to have women in key creative roles to make the work,” says Sam Woodhouse, artistic director and co-founder, San Diego REPertory Theatre. “Irwin’s play will be directed by first class director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, who honed her theatrical chops at San Diego REP. I am also pleased that they are working on a story that is all about four men! What a fascinating experience this play is, to watch four guys banter and dodge and hustle for a dollar, as they reach with great hunger and desire for their piece of the American dream.”

Jorge E. Rodriguez (“Oedipus El Rey” and “El Henry,” San Diego Repertory Theatre, “Sideways,” La Jolla Playhouse) is “Jorge.” Jose Martinez, a recent graduate of Arizona State University, makes his San Diego REP debut as “Pepe.” Edred Utomi (“Shrek: The Musical,” Moonlight Stage Productions), a recent graduate of University of San Diego, also makes his San Diego REPertory Theatre debut as “Peter.” Spencer Smith (“West Side Story,” North American National Tour; “Oedipus El Rey,” “In The Heights,” and “Zoot Suit” San Diego Repertory Theatre) is “Whalid.”

“My Mañana Comes” is the 290th production staged by San Diego REP and is the second production of the company’s 40th season.

“My Mañana Comes”
Written by Elizabeth Irwin
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Previews: Thursday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015
Opening Night: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Closing Night: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015

Jorge E. Rodriguez as Jorge
Jose Martinez as Pepe
Edred Utomi as Peter
Spencer Smith as Whalid

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, Director
Brian Redfern, Set Designer
Sherrice Mogjani, Lighting Designer
Anastasia Pautova, Costume Designer
Kevin Anthenill, Sound Designer

Monday: No performances
Tuesday (first week only) at 7 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets currently range from $18 to $75 and can be purchased in-person at the REPs box office, by calling 619-544-1000, or online at Active military, teacher and senior discounts are available.

Lyceum Space at the San Diego REPertory Theatre.
79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA, 92101


Calling all curious souls to the Lyceum Theatre lobby for these fabulous free pre- and post-show events. If you want to see the show, purchase a ticket at our box office.

Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
Before the 8 p.m. show
Talkin’ Theatre with Todd

REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey sits down with “My Mañana Comes” Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg and Scenic Designer Brian Redfern to get the inside story of how they took this new script from the page to the stage. This play is set in the busboys’ workroom just off the dining room of an upscale restaurant, requiring a special kind of theatrical design and approach to storytelling. Find out the entertaining details.

Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Before the 8 p.m. show.
REP Your Pride: The Mankind Project

The Mankind Project flies in the face of male stereotypes like the “Sensitive New Age Man” and the “Macho Man.” This global nonprofit is a presence in more than 21 nations, empowering men to missions of service and supporting men to make a difference in the lives of others. Their goal: create a safer world by growing “better” men. Come hear the stories of members from their San Diego chapters as they talk about what it means to be a man and share more about the work of their empowering community. REP Your Pride is sponsored by Gay San Diego.

Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
Before the 8 p.m. show.
Meet the Gallery Artists from The AjA Project

The young artists whose work is on display in our Lyceum Gallery are residents of the unique San Diego neighborhood of City Heights – where 43 percent of the people are foreign born and a majority of households earn less than $30,000 annually. In the heart of this neighborhood lives The AjA Project, an acronym for the phrase “Autosuficiencia Juntada con Apoyo,” which means “Supporting Self Sufficiency.” Since 2002, AjA has supported long-term, community based programming for over 2,000 people. Come discover how their inspiring work leads to inspiring visual art.

Sunday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.
Before the 7 p.m. show.
Crafts & Carafes

Grab a drink from our full lobby bar and get ready for some creative thinking and making. The REP will provide the art supplies. You are invited to use them to create your own personal version of the American Flag. We know that in a country birthed by rebels and immigrants, the American Flag represents something different to each of us. Draw and paint your version and we will add it to our lobby banner as we share with our audience your own views on the country we call home.

Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
Before the 8 p.m. show.
Sam’s Salon: The Center on Policy Initiatives

Nothing is more essential to the lives of the four busboys in “My Mañana Comes” than the take home pay they put in their pockets each week. Across America today, the debate over what is a fair minimum wage rages far and wide. In San Diego, the June 2016 ballot will ask us to approve a raise of the minimum to $11.50 an hour by 2017. REP Artistic Director and co-founder Sam Woodhouse will host a spirited conversation with leaders of the local Center on Policy Initiatives about this high voltage issue and the possible impacts of the vote on our lives in San Diego. Sam’s Salon is sponsored by Suzanne & Lawrence Hess.

Friday, Oct. 9
After the 8 p.m. show.
Meet the Artists
After the show, join the cast of “My Mañana Comes” for an open discussion of the work onstage. Bring your questions and comments. Hosted by The REP’s Casting Director Jacole Kitchen.

Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
Before the 8 p.m. show.
Coffee & Context
Hear local experts give our REP version of a TEDxTalk on the topics and themes of tonight’s play. Advocates from Border Angels will speak on the social justice work they do – leading guided, waterdrop tours to save lives throughout the desert border crossing. Immigration lawyer Elizabeth Kennedy will speak on the legal avenues and requirements to become an American citizen. Dr. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes will speak on the contribution of immigrants to the national economic bottom line. Discover their answers to important questions.

Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.
Before the 8 p.m. show.
Amigos Del Rep: 40!
Since 1976, The REP has staged 48 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and hosted artistic residencies for talents such as Luis Valdez, Culture Clash and Maria Irene Fornés. What is the historical significance of this extraordinary commitment to Latino theatre? Hear the answers and reflections from a prominent group of local artists and scholars: leaders of AMIGOS DEL REP, a REP group of local artists who promote and stage Latino work; Professor Manuel Velez from Mesa College; Dr. Patrice Amon, dramaturge for many REP shows; and USD Associate Professor Evelyn Diaz Cruz.

Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.
Before the 2 p.m. show.
The Tomorrow Project: Gourmet Gifts Fair
Behind the walls of the bubble gum pink building in downtown San Diego, at the corner of Fifth and Elm, lives The Tomorrow Project, a program of the nonprofit Catholic Charities. This project provides work readiness training for homeless women in search of worthwhile work. You can support this essential contribution to our community by purchasing soup mixes, spice – rubs and other giftable goodies at this gift fair hosted by the charity.

Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
Before the 8 p.m. show.
The Tomorrow Project: Gourmet Gifts Fair
Here is a second chance to help make our city a better place. Advocates and participants from The Tomorrow Project will be selling their cooking goods and beautifully wrapped gifts. Stock up on gifts for the holidays while you support a terrific cause.

Thursday, Oct. 22
After the 8 p.m. show
The Math Behind Mañana
“To strike or not to strike?” “To ask for a raise or to stay silent?” These are the questions that minimum wage workers and union leaders consider, but what is the actual math in deciding? Join Dr. Charles Teplitz in breaking down the decisions characters make in “My Mañana Comes” to determine the wisdom behind their decisions. Dr. Teplitz is Professor of Decision Sciences at the University of San Diego where he teaches courses on decisionmaking. He has published over a hundred academic journal articles, monographs and books in his field.

In the Lyceum Gallery
“We Were Strangers Once, Too”: The Impact of Immigration Reform for Youth in San Diego

About The AjA Project Exhibit:
Written and photographed by the AjA Project’s Youth Media Team, “We Were Strangers Once, Too”: The Impact of Immigration Reform for Youth in San Diego explores the stories of undocumented and unaccompanied minors in San Diego and those working to assist and advocate for them. As photojournalists, members of the Youth Media Team strove to give a human face to this contentious political issue.

About The AjA Project:
The AjA Project exists to ignite change, break cycles of marginalization and to build healthy communities. We do this through a creative platform called participatory photography that asks participants to reflect and analyze their personal and social landscapes, positioning them as agents of change in their community.

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, the REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.