Mary Lou Quinlan’s “The God Box” goes from IAW&A Salon to NY Times Bestseller to Fringe Festival

Passing along this great news about my friend Mary Lou Quinlan…

Mary Lou Quinlan’s one woman play “The God Box, A Daughter’s Story” will be featured at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh during August.  Mary Lou has been a major supporter of IAW&A, and her first mini-performance of what would become the play came in one of the early IAW&A Salons back in 2012.

The God Box, A Daughter’s Story

Solo show based on New York Times bestselling book, coming to Assembly Roxy at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014


“A beautiful story… from beginning to end.” –Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love 

        “Entertains, moves and inspires. Will stick with you forever.– Jim Lehrer, PBS NewsHour

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”(Worthy Publishing, April 2012), Quinlan shares the story of her remarkable discovery of her mother’s “God Boxes” filled with hundreds of private petitions written by the very hand that had slipped away.The notes, scribbled on torn pages and Post-its, revealed things about her mother that she never knew.

The book became the inspiration for 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’s journey out of loss, triggered by the handwritten notes. The performance takes audiences on an emotional roller-coaster, richocheting from grief to laughter to the greatest human challenge: learning to let go.   Quinlan, a charismatic storyteller, has performed the show in more than 40 venues around the US, including The Cherry Lane Theater in New York City, the Kimmel Center Innovation Studio in Philadelphia and the Warehouse in Greenville, South Carolina, as well as the NYC EstroGenius Festival in October 2013.


Quinlan will perform the show at the East to Edinburgh Festival at the 59 East 59th Theater in New York on July 22 and 23 before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 where the play will be staged at the Assembly Roxy Downstairs Theater at 12:20Pm every day July 31 through August 25, (with the exception of August 11 and 18).

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Mary Lou Quinlan has written inspirational features for national magazines including Real Simple, O, the Oprah Magazine, and More, and is the author of the books Just Ask  a Woman, Time Off for Good Behavior, and What She’s Not Telling You, as well as her latest, “The God Box, Sharing my mother’s gift of faith, love and letting go.” A leading expert on female consumer behavior and founder and CEO of the mar­keting consultancy Just Ask a Woman, Quinlan has keynoted hundreds of conferences around the world, and appeared on television programs such as CBS’ “Early Show,” “Good Morning America,” and NBC’s “Today,” as well as a season as a judge on the Simon Cowell, ABC-TV reality competition “American Inventor.” She holds an MBA from Fordham University and received an hon­orary doctorate in communications from her alma mater, Saint Joseph’s Uni­versity in Philadelphia, as well as from four other leading US universities. Quinlan and her husband, Joe live in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with their dog, Rocky.

Martha Wollner: A member of New York’s Labyrinth Theater Company and Your Name Here Queer Theater Company, Wollner has been telling story in both theatre and film for over thirty years. She has worked with world renown documentary film makers Michael Apted (Seven), Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), Barbara Kopple (Harlan County), both the Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic directors,Michael Boyd and Gregory Doran, and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and countless New York theater stages, including The Public Theater, The Cherry Lane Theater and 59E59. Her own plays have appeared in regional theater reading series from New York to New Orleans. She will also be performing at the 2014 Last Frontier Theater Festival in Alaska.

The God Box Team

Stage Manager Kia Rogers

Sound Designer Betsy Rhodes

Lighting Designer Kia Rogers

Projection Designer Chris Kateff

Production Designer Justin Townsend

Production Coordinator Nidia Medina


Coverage for Three Room’s Press “Light of the Diddicoy”

Thanks To the Irish Echo for great coverage of client Three Rooms Press and its new novel, Eamon Loingsigh’s “Light of the Diddicoy”

We have a great event planned to launch the book on Wed., March 12 at Le Poisson Rouge.  Get all the details HERE


Kevin Kelly to Speak at IBO NYC

Arranged to have international business keynote speaker/book author Kevin Kelly address the Irish Business Organization of New York January meeting.

Media coverage secured in advance of his appearance included this from the Irish Echo (story also teased on page 1)

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Getting it in Gear!

With David Ushery, host of The Debrief on WNBC-4

With David Ushery, host of The Debrief on WNBC-4

Great to be invited to appear on the program as one of the Facebook Four. Taped today, airs Sunday morning, Dec. 1.

No Shortage of Ways to Be Linkedin to Ireland and the Irish Worldwide

The seventh most visited website in Ireland, Linkedin has over 200 million members in over 200 countries, over 2.6 million company pages and about two new members joining every second.

And it has groups, lots of groups; about 1.6 million online gatherings of people, usually with something professional in common where members share news, tips, links, questions and comments. Many groups are focused on a particular country, or made up of people with ties to that country, such as Ireland and the Irish worldwide.


Ireland is in no way unique in this regard, but as it’s my beat, I’ll use it as indication of the way national groups are using Linkedin.

I couldn’t come up with a figure on how many groups with the word “Ireland” or “Irish” in their names, but it looks to run into the thousands, groups such as: Irish Centre for Business Excellence, Irish Technology Leadership Group, Irish-Hungarian Business Circle, Irish Chamber of Commerce Singapore, Irish Association for Economic Geology, Irish Lawyers in Brussels.

What I’m trying to say is that there are lots and lots of groups on all manner of professional interests, associations and specializations…and some groups even have subgroups.

Topping one online “leader board” of the “Top 20” most popular Irish Linkedin groups is the approximately 18,000 strong Irish Executives, while a “Top 30” list kicks of with a group called Paddy Tech.

Many of the multitude have an American focus. Popular Linkedin groups in the NYC area include the Irish Consulate group Ireland in New York, Irish Business Organization of New York, Irish Network-NYC, New York Digital Irish and the new Irish American Writers & Artists.

How hard is it to start your own group? Trying to answer that question for myself, I opened a form, said what the heck, filled-in some info and a few minutes later I had stared a group called Irish in Media. Three years later, there’s a respectable 590 members, an amazing mix of media talents largely in Ireland and North America but with dozens of others scattered around the globe.

So, Linkedin is big in Ireland and a vital connection point for entrepreneurs, people with arcane specialities, tech-sector types, ex-pats, Diaspora Irish, people wanting to do business in Ireland, and Irish wanting to do business abroad. Linkedin itself does big business in tech-friendly Ireland out of its Dublin digs, one of Linkedin’s half-dozen global offices.

But, while Linkedin is available in 19 languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, English, Español, Français, 한국어, Italiano, Dutch, 日本语, Norsk, Polski, Português, Română, Русский, Svenska, Türkçe), it’s not available in Irish…just yet.

Speaking at Ireland Day at the New York Stock Exchange

Honored to moderate an outstanding Arts & Culture panel at this annual event held right before St. Patrick’s Day.

Moderating Ireland Day NYSE panel

John Lee moderating Ireland Day NYSE panel

Ireland Day NYSE panel means business when it comes to arts & culture

Ireland Day NYSE panel means business when it comes to arts & culture

Panelists from left to right: Judy Guston of the Rosenbach Museum; Kevin Abosch, Irish visual-artist; Ellen Frey McCourt, Chairperson of the Irish Repertory Theatre; Colum McCann, National Book Award winning author;  Simon Taylor, Chief Executive National Concert Hall – Dublin; Aidan Connolly Executive Director, Irish Arts Center.

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photos courtesy of  Business and Finance