Once upon a time, there was a Princess born to a King and Queen who were banished from their island, forced to flee to America in a coffin ship. Thus begins the tale of the Runaway Princess in which Mary Goggin shares her award winning, true story, laced with wicked humor and much pathos, of her Irish Catholic upbringing, drug addiction and prostitution, and the multitude of characters she encountered along the way to ultimately finding joy.
The play, which swept up three awards at United Solo Festival 2018 in New York City (Best Storyteller, Solo Critics Choice, Best Seller), Best Actor award at the Galway Fringe, 2019 and Fringiest Award at the Baltimore Fringe, 2019
BY CHARLIE MCBRIDE Galway Advertiser, Thu, Aug 01, 2019
Switching briefly to the Galway Fringe Festival, a show that really packed a punch was Mary Goggins Runaway Princess [pictured above] which related her life story of enduring years of drug addiction, alcoholism, and prostitution before finally beating her demons and finding joy. Goggins story was told matter of factly, neither sensational nor self-pitying, and with frequent flashes of humour.
She vividly evoked the range of characters she encountered from parents, to teachers, pushers and pimps. Her narrative voice reminded me very much of the great American writer Lucia Berlin who similarly spun the raw material of her own alcoholism and disorderly life into compelling stories. Always riveting, often funny, and ultimately deeply moving, Runaway Princess was another personal highpoint of the last fortnight.
Runaway Princess, a Hopeful tale of Heroin, Hooking and Happiness
written and performed by Mary Goggin.
*Mary Goggin (writer, performer): AEA-DG-SAG/AFTRA,
Mary is beyond excited about this first completely self produced event. Actor on stage and in film for 20 years. Favorite recent roles include, Ella ONeill (wife of Eugene ONeill) in Ann Hansens Road to Babylon, Broadway Bound Festival. A joy being directed Cyndy Marion in numerous Tennessee works including, Cavalier for MLady, Clothes For A Summer Hotel and A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot. Also PB & J for the NY Fringe Festival and Born to be Blue, winner, Samuel French festival Favorite TV Roles include; Broad City, Law and Order, Guiding Light, The Grind (Amazon). Favorite Film Roles include; Little Children, MAD (soon to be released), The Trouble with Bliss, Gasoline, Bronx Paradise. Check her out on IMDB!
Dan Ruth (Director). Dan is an award-winning solo artist for his play, A Life Behind Bars at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Hes the winner of the 2016 United Solo Festival Award for Best Autobiographical Show, The 2018 Bistro Award winner for Outstanding Solo Play, MAC Award for Best Spoken Word Artist and the 2018 Producers Encore Award from the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Dan has directed both regionally and in NYC where he also served as a core director for The A-Train Plays at the Sanford Meisner Theatre.
Matthew WJ Mitchell (Tech) is an actor, writer, and improviser originally from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, IL. He currently lives in Weehawken, NJ and absolutely loves it there. Matt has light and sound designed at theaters all over NYC, including the PIT, 59E59th, Creek & The Cave, Clemente, and the past few years at United Solo. Hire him: email@example.com.
My mission to heal thru my art has begun... So excited to be in the world
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