In her New York Times bestselling book The God Box, Sharing my mother’s gift of faith, love and letting go, Mary Lou Quinlan shares the story of her remarkable discovery of her mother’s “God Boxes” filled with hundreds of private petitions on torn pages and Post-its written by the very hand that had slipped away.
The book inspired her solo show, The God Box, A Daughter’s Story, which will now come to The Playhouse on Saturday June 15 to raise funds for Foyle Hospice.
Performed by Quinlan and co-written and directed by Martha Wollner of NYC’s LAByrinth Theater Company and developed in association with the Irish Repertory Company of NYC.
Quinlan has performed the show for seven years in more than 80 venues around the US, as well as Off-Broadway and in 24 performances at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it earned five stars. In June 2016, Quinlan brought the show to the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and that autumn to 10 theatres in the Republic, including the Lime Tree in Limerick, the Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire and Hawk’s Well in Sligo, with all proceeds benefitting local hospice care. Since its debut, The God Box Project (book and play) has raised nearly $500,000 US for cancer, hospice and education charities.
“Mary Lou is an incredibly charismatic storyteller, and in this production, she shares her most personal journey yet” Pauline Ross, Founder and Director of The Playhouse said.
“It’s an emotional rollercoaster, ricocheting from grief to laughter to the greatest human challenge: learning to let go.
“That honesty, coupled with her strength and bravery, makes this an incredibly poignant piece of work. We’re very honoured she has chosen the bring this acclaimed show to us, and raise funds for Foyle Hospice, whose compassionate and gentle palliative care has helped so many individuals and their families.”
The God Box, A Daughter’s Story will now come to The Playhouse on Saturday June 15. Tickets are £12/£10 and available through the Playhouse box office 028 71268027 and online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk