Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) has been supporting families in the Santa Barbara community since 1977. To celebrate and honor PEP’s history of giving parents the space to share the highs and lows of parenthood, PEP presents Playing Monopoly with God And Other True Stories (PMWG).

Do not miss this extraordinary opportunity! PMWG is on a year-long West Coast Tour and PEP was fortunate enough to bring the show to Santa Barbara following sold-out performances in Seattle and Pasadena. It is the FIRST stage performance in the U.S. based on a true and personal experience with postpartum psychosis. Our hope is to raise awareness and spark conversation. May those that attend be inspired, find forgiveness, and shed shame to tell their own story after experiencing this transformative performance by Melissa Bangs.


Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories is a live, tragiccomedy, nonfiction storytelling performance written, directed and produced (and LIVED) by Melissa Bangs.

In September 2012, at 40 years old, Melissa Bangs gave birth to her beautiful daughter Adelaide. A month later, dramatically hormone depleted and sleep deprived, Melissa is admitted to the Providence Psychiatric Facilities in a complete manic state. After nearly a month, she is sent home with a bipolar diagnosis and on lithium. What comes next is an extraordinary journey.

On her path back to wholeness, one of the things Bangs did was read her entire 100 plus page hospital record. Somewhere, around page 87, there is a nurse’s note that looks as if it were scribbled late at night after a long shift. It reads, “Patient says she will do comedy on this experience.” Upon reading this, Bangs laughed out loud.

The psych team couldn’t have possibly known that Bangs has been a storyteller her entire life and did comedy for a stint, as a student, at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade in New York City. They couldn’t have known that transforming details from the most painful experience of her life into a room full of laughter would prove healing for so many.

Join Melissa for an evening of true stories full of bewilderment, chaos and hilarity. Bangs has a knack for telling true stories that cut to the bone of our shared, vulnerable human condition. Her true gift, however, comes in the moments in which she’s able to strip away the shame or agony of an experience and transform the room into an uproar of laughter.


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Tickets available for: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:00PM show.
Early bird tickets (available through June 2, 2017): $21
Tickets sold on day of performance (June 3, 2017): $25
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Bring your friends and family! Discounted group tickets are availabe. Buy ten (10) tickets and save 10%. Discounted group tickets are sold in blocks of ten (10) tickets and available through June 2, 2017. See ticketing options for more details.

Performance begins at 7:00PM. Doors open at 6:15PM.
Run time is approximately 90 minutes. Performance will be immediately followed by question & answer period with Melissa Bangs.

ALL SEATS GENERAL ADMISSION. (Preferred seating given to event sponsors and community partners.)

There are no return or exchange of tickets unless the performance itself is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled.


Are you a PEP supporter? Are you a survivor of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)? A clinician or provider? Or simply someone who is believes in the message behind the show? We are looking for event promoters to help spread the word about this amazing performance. Customized benefit packages available. Email or call 805-564-3888.

This performance is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. Special thanks to First 5 of Santa Barbara County. This event is also supported in part by The Marjorie Luke Theatre’s Dreier Family Rent Subsidy Fund.

Interested in sponsoring this event either as a Lead Sponsor or Community Partner?
Please email for more information or call 805-564-3888.