Written and performed by Mary Goggin
Directed by Dan Ruth
“Once upon a time, there was a Princess born to a King and Queen who were banished from the island of Ériu and forced to flee to America in a coffin ship.” Former New York City call girl Mary Goggin shares the true story of her Irish Catholic Trauma, alcoholism, drug addiction and prostitution all told with dark humor, unflinching honesty and unsentimental pathos.
Part of 59E59 Theaters' East to Edinburgh 2022
Mary Goggin is a New York based actor born to Irish emigrants, raised in the Bronx and sent away to convent schools in both Dublin and West Cork. Ms. Goggin’s Irish Catholic experiences drove her further down a path of sexual repression and self-hate, eventually finding strength and redemption. A professional union actor for 23 years, Mary has since appeared in numerous stage productions, television series, films and commercials. Her favorite recent roles include “Ella O’Neill” (wife of Eugene O’Neill) in Ann Hansen’s Road to Babylon in the Broadway Bound Festival. She has enjoyed being directed by Cyndy Marion in numerous Tennessee works including Cavalier for Ma’Lady, Clothes For A Summer Hotel, and A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot. Mary appeared in PB & J for the NY Fringe Festival and Born to be Blue, a winner in the Samuel French Festival. Her favorite TV roles include spots in "Broad City," "Law and Order," "Guiding Light," "The Grind" (Amazon). Favorite film roles include "Little Children," "MAD," "The Trouble with Bliss," "Gasoline," "Bronx Paradise." Mary is the recent winner of the Best Actress Award at The Freeway Film Festival for her role in "Reservations," a film by Jeannine Flynn, directed by Neal Hemphill. To date, Mary’s most important work is the writing and performing of the award winning, RUNAWAY PRINCESS, A HOPEFUL TALE OF HEROIN, HOOKING AND HAPPINESS. It is why she was born. To destigmatize addiction and all that goes with it. To drive home the utmost importance of normalizing emotions and to show, not tell our connection, our humanity.
Dan Ruth is an award-winning actor, storyteller and performance artist. His solo play, A Life Behind Bars, has been produced in New York City, Los Angeles and around the United States and is 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.