Inspiring one-woman Hospice benefit show for Roscommon

Best-selling Irish-American author, Mary Lou Quinlan, is bringing her hit one-woman play ‘The God Box: A Daughter’s Story’ to the Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon, on Friday, October 28th (8 pm), 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. 

  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.

   These 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 unravelling, a journey to confront the greatest human challenge – learning to let go. 

  The play has been presented to 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 said: “I am honoured and delighted that people in Roscommon 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.” 

  Don’t be disappointed – book your tickets now at, or at (090) 6625824.