Aubrey Manning has found her “role of a lifetime”.
And it’s a role that has spanned over a decade.
Manning is the driving force behind the âSisters’ Easter Catechism,â which stops at Popejoy Hall on Sunday April 7th.
The touring show is an offshoot of the critically acclaimed “Late Nite Catechism”.
It was written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan.
The show debuted on May 28, 1993 at the Live Bait Theater in Chicago and has since grossed over $ 100 million.
The coin served as a fundraising effort for retired nuns of the Catholic Church.
It has been presented in 410 cities in six countries around the world, with more than 3.5 million people in attendance.
The show raised over $ 4 million for retired sisters and Catholic organizations. Over 100 “Sisters” presented the eight shows in the series.
It’s also the longest-running show in Chicago history and the longest-running solo comedy in Broadway history.
âI did the show for over 10 years in Seattle,â Manning said in a recent interview. âI work for television and film, but I still find time to finish my work with these traveling shows. He’s been a part of my life for so long.
âThe Sister’s Easter Catechismâ has highlighted the importance of the Spring Feast since its inception in March 2011, with Donovan leading the Easter Egg Hunt as a Sister.
On the current show, Manning portrays the irrepressible Sister, who teaches an adult Sunday school class to a room full of “students,” who are the nightly audience.
Manning says that during this play she answers questions such as “Why isn’t Easter the same day every year?” And “Will my rabbit go to heaven?” “
âI really don’t really feel like I’m alone on stage,â Manning says. âEveryone sitting there is with me. This show gives you a chance to be truly present. With ‘Sister’, every moment is improvised, even if I know the answer to the questions. I love when an audience can make me laugh.
In addition to interacting with the public, Manning presents prizes to participating members.
âI buy everything with my own money,â she says. âIt’s amazing that you can put a smile on someone’s face just with a little gift. The best gift an audience can give me is to introduce myself.