2024 Season

Marilyn, Mom, & Me by Luke Yankee

Marilyn, Mom, & Me

February 14 - March 3
A World Premiere
by Luke Yankee
Directed by
Luke Yankee
Buy Tickets
Previews $37
Thu, Fri, Sat: $49
Sun: $52
Opening Night: $55
Dinner Package: $89

Post-show talkback with the cast!
February 25

A truly wonderful piece of work which reveals the playwright’s extraordinary talent at creating characters and storytelling … I was riveted and quite moved by it … a touching and thoughtful personal narrative that has a lot of important things to say to everyone.
Larry King


A true story written and directed by Long Beach resident Luke Yankee, whose mother was a well-known, Oscar and Tony-winning character actress named Eileen Heckart. In 1956, when Heckart was cast as Marilyn Monroe’s best friend in the film, BUS STOP, Monroe, the ultimate “method actress”, set out to make Heckart her best friend in real life. 40 years later, Luke tries to unravel his complex, often volatile relationship with his mother by better understanding her intense friendship with one of the biggest movie stars of all time.

Luke Yankee

Luke Yankee

Playwright and director

Luke Yankee is a critically acclaimed playwright, author, producer and director. His memoir, Just Outside the Spotlight: Growing up with Eileen Heckart has been called “One of the most compassionate, illuminating showbiz books ever written” and was named “One of the Ten Best Celebrity Memoirs of All Time” (Michael Musto – Village Voice & PaperMag). It is published by Random House with a foreword by Mary Tyler Moore. His latest play, Marilyn, Mom & Me is the recipient of the 2022 Stanley Award given for excellence in playwriting. His play, The Last Lifeboat is published by Dramatists Play Service and has received more than 60 productions in the U.S. and Canada. The Man Who Killed The Cure was a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Festival and is published by Amazon. It has had several regional productions. Confessions of a Star Maker (recently presented at The Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs) won Best Play at the Moondance Writers Contest and was chosen for the Last Frontier Theatre Festival. His award-winning comedy, The Jesus Hickey premiered in Los Angeles starring Harry Hamlin. A Place at Forest Lawn (also published by Dramatists Play Service) has been performed at several regional theatres and has had workshop presentations on both coasts with Tony Goldwyn, Marcia Cross, Betty White, Marian Seldes, Frances Sternhagen and Steven Culp. His latest book, The Art of Writing for the Theatre: An Introduction to Script Analysis, Playwriting and Criticism is published by Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury Press.

As a professional director, Mr. Yankee has worked on and off Broadway at venues ranging from Radio City Music Hall to the ms Crystal Symphony, assistant directed six Broadway shows and has served as artistic director of two regional theatres. He the Head of Playwriting at the University of California, Fullerton and is an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University.

Dinner Package

Don’t forget ICT’s scrumptious dinner package! We offer this affordable package in conjunction with L’Opera Ristorante one of Long Beach’s finest restaurants. For only $89 a person (plus $2 convenience/handling fee), you will receive a 3-course prix fixe dinner and a ticket to a production. Dinner and a show – does it get any better than that?


Ticketing Policies and Information

  • Contact the box office

    Tickets may be purchased online, but feel free to call or stop by to purchase your tickets too - we're happy to help! Call us at 562.436.4610 or visit the ICT Box Office, available Monday – Friday from 9:00AM through 5:00PM. You can also email us with inquiries at ict@ictlongbeach.org.

  • Group sales

    We offer attractive discounts for groups of 10 or more individuals. Groups get a minimum of $10 off each individual ticket, so prepare to SAVE 20-41% off regular ticket prices. Awesome! (We know.) Student groups save even more! Good seats, personalized service, plus an opportunity to add a dinner package to your fun evening or afternoon on the town. Call or email Denis for more details at (562) 495-4595, extension 102 or denis@ictlongbeach.org

  • Discounts

    Chamber Discount
    All Chamber of Commerce members receive $5 off each ticket, limit 2 tickets.**

    Student and Senior Discounts
    Full-time students 24 and under and seniors over the age of 65 get $5 off each ticket.

    **Please note that all discounts are only available in advance through the ICT Box Office. Discounts are not available in combination with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply. Special Offers do not apply to Season Subscription prices.

  • Theatre Location and parking

    ICT in the Beverly O'Neill Theater
    at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center
    330 East Seaside Way
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    (at intersection of S. Hart Place)

    Parking: $15

  • Seating Chart

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