“Marilyn, Mom & Me” will have its world premiere production in February 0f 2024 at International City Theatre, a professional, Equity theatre in Long Beach, California. Directed by Luke Yankee, the cast will include Laura Gardner as Eileen, Alisha Soper as Marilyn, Brian Rohan as Luke and Noah Wagner as Josh (and others). Performances run February 14-March 3rd. Tickets are on sale at http://www.ictlongbeach.com
“Marilyn, Mom & Me” has been chosen for the Emerging Artists Theatre Festival New Works Series. It will receive a staged reading at TADA Studios, 15 West 28th St in Manhattan on Wednesday, Oct. 19th at 7 pm.
“Marilyn, Mom & Me” is the recipient of the 2022 Stanley Award for Drama. This prestigious award has been given previously to Terrence McNally and Jonathan Larson, among others. It will be presented to Luke at Wagner College on Staten Island on October 27th.
A virtual presentation of “Marilyn, Mom & Me”will be presented in late April as a benefit for Broadway Cares. It will be available on the Luke Yankee YouTube channel starting at 5 pm on April 27th until Saturday. May 1st at 5 pm. Click on the link to view or for more information: http://www.youtube.com/c/lukeyankee
Staged reading at UC Irvine as a benefit for Theatre Guild.
Here’s what nationally syndicated critic Rex Reed had to say about Luke Yankee’s new play, MARILYN, MOM & ME:
“Like two strangers linked by fate on a Greyhound bus, the unlikely personal and professional friendship that developed between vulnerable, lost and emotionally needy Marilyn Monroe and crusty, maternal, no-nonsense Eileen Heckart on the western rodeo set of “Bus Stop” has now been preserved in amber by Luke Yankee as a stirring footnote to movie history you won’t want to miss. It’s a funny, dark, heartbreaking and unforgettable new play that wraps you in cashmere. ‘Marilyn, Mom & Me’ is devastating!” — Rex Reed
Luke Yankee’s new play, MARILYN, MOM & ME is getting an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. After a reading in Long Beach where there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, Luke will direct and co-produce staged readings at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood on Wednesday, October 16th and at the Manhattan Theatre Club rehearsal space on Sunday, January 19, 2020. Check out the one-minute trailer here:
Luke has started work on a new play entitled, MARILYN, MOM & ME. The play chronicles a middle-aged, gay man attempting to deeper understand his “tough-as-nails” actress mother by unraveling the threads of her very intense, short-lived friendship with Marilyn Monroe during the filming of BUS STOP. (But it’s all fiction…right?)