Santa Monica Playhouse Presents Mary-Beth Manning's Acclaimed Solo Show "Mother- She’s With You Wherever You Go"

One daughter’s hilarious and touching journey to find herself, even with her mother's apron strings tethered around her neck.

Los Angeles, CA, April 29, 2013 --( Participant of the International New York Fringe Festival-2011

Ovation Recommended by Los Angeles Stage Alliance-2010

"Best Solo Performance" nominee by LA Weekly-2009

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Santa Monica Playhouse and MBM Productions present "Mother - She's With You Wherever You Go," one daughter’s hilarious and touching journey to find herself, even with her mother’s apron strings tethered around her neck. A true tale about an extraordinary Irish-Catholic mother and a complicated relationship that will take you on a roller-coaster ride from survival to forgiveness and all the insane and life-affirming moments in between.

“Mother…an eloquent, unabashed tribute to… a loving feisty Irish mother. Manning is… hilarious… charming, unpretentious, etches her characters with sure strokes…she touches our hearts and our funny bones.” – Backstage West.

Written and performed by Mary-Beth Manning. Manning has been an actress for most of her life, officially taking the professional plunge at the age of 14 in her first role as Joanne Woodward’s daughter in the movie See How She Runs. For her LA Weekly nominated and Ovation Recommended one-woman show Mother she is also writer, producer, resident therapist.

Originally directed by Diana Castle, "Mother" premiered in Los Angeles in the fall of 2009 at the Imagined Life Theatre to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim. In 2010, it was re-staged by Manning and actress Roma Maffia, and played a five month, sold-out run at the Elephant Stages Theatre in Hollywood, with an additional limited engagement at The Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood, in March 2011. "Mother" was work shopped at The West Side Theatre Off-Broadway and Stage Left studios, NYC. It made its New York premiere at The New York International Fringe Festival in August 2011. This is the show’s first performance in Santa Monica. View the show trailer at view her show trailer at

One pre-Mother’s Day performance on Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Price includes coffee and dessert after the show. Purchase online at or or call 1-(310)-394-9779 x1.

Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage is located at 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391. By public transportation: take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or the LA Metro Rapid #720, exit 4th and Wilshire.
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