“A stirring and moving creation…comic, tragic and endearing…a truly beautiful play with a heart full of love behind it.”

“Heartfelt, and engaging. Quinlan’s character is vulnerable and basely human …an impressive production.” READ MORE

Ireland Tour 2016

The show that sold out Off Broadway and won rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe comes to 9 cities in Ireland soon.
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When Mary Lou Quinlan’s beloved mother, Mary Finlayson, dies, her family is left bereft—until Quinlan finds her mother’s “God Box,” or rather, boxes. These simple containers are stuffed with tiny notes written by Mary, asking and praying for everything from the right flooring for her daughter’s new home to a cure for her own blood cancer. Mary’s petitions are presented with love and without expectation. Note by note, Quinlan unearths insights into her mother’s compassion, faith, and perseverance, and revelations of her innermost thoughts—nostalgic, surprising, and even a bit shocking. And through the journey, the author discovers her own more empathetic, more engaged self—the woman her mother had believed in all along. …READ MORE

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book trailer

Enjoy this book trailer that introduces The God Box.
THE BOOK


solo show

See Mary Lou in a scene from her one woman, one act play.
SOLO SHOW


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press & praise
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  • "A wonderful legacy…Keeping a God Box is an incredibly moving and hopeful ritual that we should all consider adding into our daily lives."
    – REBA, MUSICIAN, AUTHOR, ACTRESS
  • "The courage and wisdom from the messages left in her mother’s God Box will inspire you to create a God Box of your own."
    – GAIL SHEEHY, AUTHOR OF "PASSAGES IN CAREGIVING"
  • "A beautiful story of love, faith and family. It reads like an intimate, familiar prayer."
    – ELIZABETH GILBERT, AUTHOR OF "EAT, PRAY, LOVE"
  • "What a beautiful and profoundly human book....I will keep The God Box in my heart for a long, long time."
    – LAURA SCHROFF, AUTHOR OF "THE INVISIBLE THREAD"
  • "Mary Lou Quinlan has told the story of her mother in a way that entertains, moves and inspires. The thoughts about life and values will stick with you forever."
    – JIM LEHRER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF PBS NEWSHOUR
  • "Mary Lou Quinlan shares her mother’s handmade and heartfelt gift of how to persist, believe and move forward with joy."
    – LEE WOODRUFF, AUTHOR OF "IN AN INSTANT"
  • "In the slips of paper that carry this sweet story forward, we can see the love in our own families and the great possibilities of simple faith."
    – JEFFREY ZASLOW, COAUTHOR OF "THE LAST LECTURE"

Dear God, Love, Ireland

December 10, 2016
by Mary Lou Quinlan

I'm nearly halfway through my tour of "The God Box, A Daughter's Story" to ten cities and towns in Ireland and I've witnessed something quite remarkable.  Yes, it's the hundred shades of green and the gorgeous lilting accents and the faces-- oh, the  lovely faces of Irish people! But The God Box story has left little footprints across this beautiful country-- from Portlaoise to Cork to Kilkenny to Kenmare...in the form of tiny notes filling a simple God Box after each performance. While the TV news here might bemoan the recent budget or th...

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