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International one-woman hospice benefit show for Sligo

Best-selling Irish American author, Mary Lou Quinlan, is bringing her hit one-woman play “The God Box: A Daughter’s Story” to the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, on Thursday October 27th, with local hospices services to benefit.

Based on her powerful New York Times bestselling memoir of the same name, the emotional play shares Mary Lou’s personal story of a family in love, in loss and in triumph.  

The Sligo show is part of a nationwide tour of this inspiring play 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 Nigel McCarley, Manager of North West Hospice, appealed to the people to Sligo to support this inspiring production.

“We are delighted that this play is coming to Sligo to support local hospice.  The theme of the play – one of grief and letting go – is very close to the heart of the work of hospice and we thank Mary Lou Quinlan who has brought this play all over American for selecting Sligo to be part of  her special Irish tour.”

“North West Hospice has been providing specialist care with compassion for those living with life-limiting illness in the community for 25 years now. Our integrated service is provided through our In-Patient Unit, our Community Palliative Care Team and our Hospital Support Team to people in Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and West Cavan. This service is are very dependent on local support to survive and we are very lucky to have had that support over the years.”

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.  

Mary Lou Quinlan said: “I am honoured and delighted that people in Sligo will have the chance of seeing my one-woman show. 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 Sligo 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 the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, on Thursday October 27th,  at 8 p.m. are now open.

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