My Manana Comes
Full Length Play, Drama / 4m
Just beyond the elegant dining room of an Upper East Side restaurant, four busboys angle for shifts, pray for tips, and cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind...
- NOMINEE - 2015 2 Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding PlayNOMINEE - 2015 2 Drama Desk Awards including Best PlayNOMINEE -2015 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards including the John Gassner Award for New American Play
"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." - The New York Times, Read More
"Irwin writes fast, funny, lived-in dialogue" - Time Out New York, Read More
"By turns humorous and haunting..." - New York Daily News, Read More
"Irwin takes a boning knife to the stereotyped class of Mexican busboys... a surprisingly complex taste of the American Dream." - TheatreMania, Read More
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- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: The play takes places over the course of a few weeks in a restaurant on 66th street and Madison Ave on a particularly tony block, flanked by luxury boutiques and white-gloved doormen buildings.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
JORGE - (late 20’s), male, Mexican busser/runner, immigrated from Puebla almost four years ago, lives in Corona. Short but maybe slightly taller than Pepe, indigenous features, reserved, a quiet maturity and deliberateness in his manner. A significant level of comfort/familiarity with the U.S. culture/people. A quiet sense of judgment comes from him at times; he is not so harmless as he may initially appear. Has been faithfully sending money home to his wife and children for the past four years.
PEPE - (early 20s), male, Mexican busser/runner, immigrated from Juarez three months ago, lives in Corona as well but in a different building. Short with indigenous features, eager, restless, lacking a poker face in all ways. He is excited and excitable in this new life in New York. His youth is apparent in his weakness for instant gratification and the shiny, the new, the cool, be it an object or relationship.
WHALID - (mid to late 20’s), male, busser/runner, has worked at the restaurant a few weeks, third generation Mexican-American, grandparents from Oaxaca, grew up in Coney Island with the only Mexicans around him his immediately family/grandparents. Might still lives with his parents but he certainly does not advertise it and plans to get his own apartment as soon as he can. Carries a sense of knowing on any given topic, quick-tongued, above average height, handsome, very Brooklyn, seems more Puerto Rican/Italian than Mexican. His love of romantic conquests is a part of creating a respected adult persona for himself, as is trying to find work he can feel proud to do.
- All Male
- Ensemble cast
- Multicultural casting
Pepe and Jorge often speak Spanish in the play, and it is recommended that they be fluent. Whalid speaks Spanish too, but with less frequency.