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Best-selling author to perform one-woman, one-act play in Abingdon

September 12th, 2013 9:30 am by Staff Report

Best-selling author to perform one-woman, one-act play in Abingdon

Mary Lou Quinlan, a renowned author, actor, woman’s advocate and marketer, will perform her one-woman, one-act play “The God Box: A Daughter’s Story” at 7 p.m., Sept. 24 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va.
Quinlan will also give a marketing presentation to the local AAF chapter at 8 a.m. the following day, Sept. 25, at the higher ed center.

“We are pleased to welcome Mary Lou to our stage as she shares her personal experience of faith, love and letting go,” said Rachel Fowlkes, the higher ed center’s executive director. “Her story will touch the very core of your heart, as you experience the power of love and family. ‘The God Box’ performance is a must-see by all mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.”

Tickets are $35 each, and the first 300 patrons to purchase them will receive a copy of Quinlan’s New York Times best-selling book “The God Box,” from which the play was adapted.

When 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. 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.

Quinlan’s “God Box” play, co-written with director Martha Wollner of New York City's critically acclaimed LAByrinth Theater Company, features the work of some of New York theater’s best and brightest sound, lighting and visual designers.

The play travels the country to raise dollars for charities related to health, family and community causes. Proceeds from its performance in Abingdon will benefit education programs at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
For tickets or more information, call (276) 619-4300 or visit

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