Calendar of Events

Meet Mary Lou in a city near you! Mary Lou takes "The God Box" story around the country all year long. 

Currently she is performing The God Box: A Daughter's Story in theaters in major markets and donating all the proceeds of tickets and book sales to health, hospice and cancer care, as well as charities and not-for-profit organizations dedicated to women, family and educational causes. In addition to her one woman, one act play, Mary Lou also presents selected scenes from the show along with readings from her book for smaller venues. And she is also available for book signings, readings and book club conversations via Skype. 

Please reach out to her at hello@theGodBoxproject.com. 

Check out this calendar for upcoming events. 

October 24

Livingston, NJ: Performance at St. Barnabas Conference

Livingston, NJ An all day conference sponsored by Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, "Living to the End: Exploring the End-of-Life Experience"

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Past Events

October 10

New Hope, PA

St. Martin of Tours Church FREE Book reading and scenes from The God Box

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October 9

King of Prussia, PA: Keynote Speech at Radisson Hotel for Women's Professional Organization

King of Prussia, PA Keynote speech for Main Line Chamber of Commerce Women's Professional Organization

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October 9

Villanova, PA: Performance at Villanova University to benefit Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation

Villanova, PA Performance to benefit Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation

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October 5

Harrisburg, PA: Performance at Bishop McDevitt High School to benefit Sisters of St. Joseph

Harrisburg, PA Performance to benefit Sisters of St. Joseph

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July 31 - 8/25/14

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe “The God Box, A Daughter’s Story” rocked 24 shows at the largest and most prestigious arts festival in the world, the international gathering called The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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July 22 - 7/23/14

New York, NY: Performance at East to Edinburgh Festival

New York, NY Two performances as a part of 59e59's East to Edinburgh Festival, celebrating New York's shows bound for Edinburgh's 2014 Fringe Festival.

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April 8

Doylestown, PA: Book reading/performance to benefit Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Doylestown, PA The Ladies of Mt. Carmel present as special evening with Mary Lou sharing scenes from "The God Box" to benefit Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

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March 29

Lawrenceville, NJ: Spring Your Faith Women's Retreat

Lawrenceville, NJ Breakfast, a special presentation from Mary Lou and music to benefit St. Andrews Home & School Association.

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March 22

Morristown, NJ: Show benefits Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey

Morristown, NJ
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March 11

Philadelphia, PA: Performance at Innovation Studio in Kimmel Center to benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA Proceeds from ticket and book sales benefit CHOP.

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March 10

Philadelphia, PA: Performance at Saint Joseph's University to benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA Proceeds from ticket and book sales benefit CHOP.

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March 9

Glenside, PA: Performance to benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Glenside, PA Proceeds from ticket and book sales benefit CHOP.

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March 9

Glenside, PA: Performance to benefit Bishop McDevitt High School

Glenside, PA Proceeds from ticket and book sales benefit McDevitt's Fund for Tuition Assistance and the Cardinal Dougherty Legacy Fund.

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March 3

New York, NY: Performance at Cherry Lane Theater benefitting Gilda's Club

New York, NY
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January 29

Port Charlotte, FL: Performance to benefit St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School

Port Charlotte, FL Proceeds from ticket and book sales benefit St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School.

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October 18

New Hope, PA: Performance to benefit Friends of the Canal and the Benevolent Care Fund of Chandler Hall

New Hope, PA A 7:30pm performance at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. Proceeds from ticket and book sales benefit Friends of the Canal and the Benevolent Care Fund at Chandler Hall.

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October 16

New York, NY: Performance for Estrogenius Festival at Stage Left Studio

New York, NY Performance as a part of NYC's EstroGenius Festival, workshop/talkback with Mary Lou and Martha Wollner (director) to follow.

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October 4

Manahawkin, NJ: Performance to benefit All Saints Regional Catholic School

Manahawkin, NJ A 7PM performance at ASRCS. The proceeds from the show and books will benefit the All Saints Regional Catholic School.

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September 26

Frenchtown, NJ: Book Presentation and Signing at the Frenchtown Inn

Frenchtown, NJ Come join Mary Lou Quinlan at the Frenchtown in at 7PM, proceeds benefit Hunterdon Hospice.

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September 24

Abingdon, VA: Performance to benefit Southwest Virginia Education Center

Abingdon, VA Performance at 7 PM at the Grand Hall of Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Proceeds from tickets and books to benefit educational programs at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

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May 25

Freehold, NJ: Performance to benefit GIERS

Applewood Estates, 2 PM Performance to benefit GIERS - Grief Information Education and Recovery Services.

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May 19

Omaha, Nebraka: Performance to benefit the Hospice House-The Josie Harper Residence.

Omaha, Nebraska 2 PM performance at the Mike and Josie Harper Center.

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May 5

Newtown, PA: Performance to benefit St. Mary Medical Center

Newtown Theatre, 2 PM The proceeds from the performance and books sales will benefit the St. Mary Medical Center Healing Ministries.

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May 4

Burlington, MA: Performance to benefit the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

Lahey Clinic Auditorium, 2 PM The proceeds from the performance and books will support the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center.

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April 30

Flemington, NJ: Performance to benefit the Hunterdon Hospital Hope Hospice Unit

North Hunterdon High School, 7 PM Performance to benefit the Hunterdon Hospital Hope Hospice Unit.

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April 28

Philadelphia, PA: Performance to benefit St. Hubert High School for Girls

St. Hubert High School Auditorium, 2 PM
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April 24

Warminster, PA: Performance to benefit Ann's Choice senior living community

Theater at Ann's Choice, 2 PM and 7:30 PM Performance to benefit Ann's Choice senior living community!

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April 16

Greenville, SC: Performance to benefit the Greenville Hospital System Cancer Center

Warehouse Theater, 7 PM Benefiting the Greenville Hospital System Cancer Center.

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April 12

Gwynedd, PA: Performance to benefit The Peruvian Project

Gywnedd-Mercy College Theatre, 7:30 PM Proceeds will benefit The Peruvian Project, a partnership between Gwynedd-Mercy College and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

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March 23

Philadelphia, PA: Performance for SJU She United

Saint Joseph's University, Bluett Theatre, 3 PM Book sales benefit SheUnited scholarships for women.

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March 7

New York, NY: Reading to benefit the Glucksman Ireland House

NYC Glucksman Ireland House (1 Washington Mews, New York, NY) Book sales benefited Ireland House programming.

February 16 - 2/17/13

New York, NY: Performance for The Connelly Center Middle School

The Connelly Theater (220 East 4th Street Manhattan, NY) Donations benefitted The Connelly Center Middle School for girls living in poverty on the Lower East Side of NYC

December 12

Valparaiso, IN: Performance to benefit the Valparaiso Family YMCA

Memorial Opera House Benefit for the Valparaiso Family YMCA.

November 29

Whithouse Station, NJ: Performance to benefit pediatric cancer research.

Whitehouse Station, NJ A portion of the proceeds from all books purchased were donated to the Amanda Styles Cirelli Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research.

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November 29

Morristown, NJ: Performance to benefit Morristown Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Center

Forbes Auditorium at Morristown Memorial Hospital Proceeds went to the Morristown Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Center.

November 16

Flourtown, PA: Performance to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph

Mount St. Joseph Academy Theater Proceeds were donated to the retirement fund for the Sisters of St. Joseph.

October 28

Philadelphia, PA: Selected scenes from the play performed at the St. Helena's Communion Breakfast.

Philadelphia, PA

October 24

Lake Forest, IL: Performance to benefit the BCureful Foundation

Gorton Community Cetner, The John E. Baggett Auditorium Proceeds benefit awareness for tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).

October 23

Chicago, IL: Performance at "M2Moms - Marketing to Moms" conference

The Chicago Cultural Center

October 14

Philadelphia, PA: Performance during Saint Joseph's University "Hawktoberfest."

Saint Joseph's University, Bluett Theatre Event to benefit SJU SheUnited scholarships for women.

October 12

Doylestown, PA: Book reading + signing for the Doylestown Women's Group.

Doylestown, PA Fundraiser luncheon for women undergoing treatment for cancer.

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Come meet Mary Lou and experience The God Box: A Daughter's Story at a venue near you.
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press & praise
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  • "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
  • "A beautiful story of love, faith and family. It reads like an intimate, familiar prayer."
    – ELIZABETH GILBERT, AUTHOR OF "EAT, PRAY, LOVE"
  • "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"
  • "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
  • "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"
  • "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"
  • "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"

Still Hearing my Dad

October 23, 2014
by Mary Lou Quinlan

One of the most beautiful lines in Alice McDermott’s newest book “Someone” traces a daughter’s relationship with her Dad: “with my heart pinned to my father’s sleeve.” Stopped me in my tracks. That’s how I loved my Dad.  Since dancing on his shoes as a girl, I never stopped following in his footsteps, as I did in this photo taken when Dad was 88. I cherish his memory. Ray Finlayson always knew what to say to his only daughter.   How many teenagers despair in the mirror, dreading they will never measure up?  Dad...

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