Best-selling Irish American author, Mary Lou Quinlan, is bringing her hit one-woman play “The God Box: A Daughter’s Story” to the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, on Saturday October 15th, with local hospice groups benefitting.
Based on her powerful New York Times bestselling memoir of the same name, the emotional place shares Mary Lou’s personal story of a family in love, in loss and in triumph.
This comic and heart wrenching play tells how after her mother’s death Mary Lou discovered “God Boxes”, small containers stuffed with hundreds of tiny notes, sharing her mother’s innermost thoughts. They revealed her concerns about her kids’ demanding careers, to private wishes for people she’d never even met, to concerns about her own health and everything in between.
The poignant notes, scribbled in supermarket queues, restaurants, and at the kitchen table, were her mother’s way of releasing life’s worries and hopes. The discovery of the boxes triggered Mary Lou’s own unraveling, a journey to confront the greatest human challenge – learning to let go.
Co-written with Martha Wollner, an award-winning actor/playwright and director of NYC’s LAByrinth Theatre, the play has been presented in theatres across the US, including Off-Broadway. In 2014 it enjoyed a 24-night run to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Quinlan has donated all proceeds to hospice, cancer care and education. To date she has raised nearly $400,000.
Mary Lou Quinlan is a hugely successful entrepreneur, and widely known in the US for her marketing company, Just Ask a Woman. She has advised over 100 blue chip companies on marketing to women and was formerly CEO of a large NYC ad agency. She was recently named as one of Irish America Magazine’s Power 50 Women -
She has written four books and numerous national magazine articles in the US where she has addressed hundreds of conferences on women’s issues.
The Kilkenny date is part of a nationwide tour with all proceeds to benefit local hospice groups through The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), a national charity striving for best care at end of life for all which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Dr. Mona McGarry, Chair of the Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team, said the fundraising event is to be welcomed and she appealed to people to support the event.
“We have five nurses who care for patients near end-of-life in their homes and we provide all the facilities that they need. Costs are mounting and we are totally dependent on the support and generosity of local people to continue doing what we do.”
The Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team also has two special rooms in The District Hospital on the Athy Road, Carlow, providing all the facilities that a patient needs.
Mary Lou Quinlan said: “I am honoured and delighted to be bringing my one-woman show to Kilkenny. The relationship between a mother and daughter is a unique one and yet, I’ve discovered those bonds and memories are powerful the world over, wherever you live. I am particularly delighted that this play will benefit local hospice groups who do amazing work helping seriously ill people near end of life.”
Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, said: “I hope the people of Kilkenny can join with the Irish Hospice Foundation in supporting this wonderful show. There are so many needs in hospice services and attending this show can help develop services in their area.”
Bookings for The God Box: A Daughter’s Story at Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, 8 p.m, Saturday October 15th are now open.
Don’t be disappointed. Book your tickets NOW! www.watergatetheatre.com
If you happen to miss this date, the God Box will be playing at other theatres near you. For full venue details go to www.thegodboxproject.com