One Night Only
co-written by Mary Lou Quinlan & Martha Wollner
performed by Mary Lou Quinlan
directed by Martha Wollner
October 3, 2016 at 7pm
on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage
Like many people who lose a loved one, author Mary Lou Quinlan, an over-achieving and devoted daughter, struggled to come to terms with the death of her mother—until she found an unexpected gift from the woman she missed so deeply. In her New York Times bestselling book The God Box, Sharing my mother’s gift of faith, love and letting go, 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. Performed by Quinlan and co-written and directed by Martha Wollner of NYC’s LAByrinth Theater Company, this theatrical piece follows Quinlan on an emotional roller-coaster, ricocheting from grief to laughter to the greatest human challenge: learning to let go.
In 2015, Quinlan brought the show to Ireland to benefit the Irish Hospice Foundation with performances at the Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire and the Lime Tree in Limerick and then to Belfast’s Lyric Theater in June 2016. This October Quinlan will return to Ireland for a three week tour of nine performances in nine cities, with proceeds benefiting local hospice organizations through the Irish Hospice Foundation. Since its debut, The God Box Project (book and play) has raised nearly $400,000 US for cancer, hospice and education charities.
“A beautiful story… from beginning to end.” –Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
“A beautiful play with a heart full of love behind it.” – British Theatre Guide FIVE STARS