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Breeda Kelly Miller’s ‘Mrs. Kelly’s Journey Home’ presented free in Saline, 6/25, and in Chicago 7/29,30, 31.

Review June 22, 2022 David Kiley

MANCHESTER, MI–Mrs. Kelly’s Journey Home,” a poignant one-woman play written and performed by Michigan Author Breeda Kelly Miller will be presented as a benefit performance for EHM Michigan, Saline Senior Solutions on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 2PM.

Complimentary Tickets @ ehmss.org/event/mrs-kellys-journey-home/

The performances in Chicago are at Chief O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Chicago, Illinois. July 29, 30, and 31.

Ticket info coming soon

Michigan author Breeda Kelly Miller has created a live love letter to her late mother in her new one-woman play, “Mrs. Kelly’s Journey Home,” a touching theatrical tribute in which Miller portrays her mom, Mary Kelly, through Mrs. Kelly’s immigration from Ireland to America, matriarchal role raising her family, and debilitating struggle with dementia late in life. In addition, Miller brings other characters to life, including her cantankerous father, Tom Kelly and “salt of the earth”neighbor, Mrs. Wilson.

Directed by Brian Cox, “Mrs. Kelly’s Journey Home”will make its Chicago premiere on Friday, July 29 – 31 at the legendaryChief O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://www.chiefoneillspub.com/store/event/mr-kellys-journey-home/

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Irish Community Services ofChicago.
During the performance, Miller plays herself, her mother, her father, and one of the family’s neighbors. Preview audiences described “Mrs. Kelly’sJourney Home” as “a moving, joyous exploration of love, roots and family”and “an intimate shared experience that lends humor and compassion to private journeys.”

Director Brian Cox is equally impressed. “I have always been fascinated by the simplicity and complexity of a one-person show,” said Cox. “I have keptmy eye out for the right person and the right story, and I found it in Breeda Kelly Miller and her original script. Breeda is terrific and indefatigable, and people will fall in love with her mom.”

After caring for her mother for six years throughout her dementia diagnosis until her death in 2011, Miller became a nationally known speaker, raising awareness and supporting the importance of self-care for caregivers. She isthe author of the book, “The Caregiver Coffeebreak,” a skilled storyteller whose “Ticket to Heaven” tale was on NPR’s “The Moth Radio Hour,” and an actress, touring nationally in the stage comedy, “Put the Nuns in Charge!”by Vickie Quade.

Founded in 1998, Irish Community Services is an immigration and community services provider. Their mission is to Serve, Empower and Connect the Irishand Irish American Community of the Midwestern United States.https://www.irishchicago.org/

Since 1999, Chief O’Neill’s has had the privilege of serving Chicagolandaswell as many people from around the world. A Pub, Restaurant and Banquetfacility with a majestic garden area and private rooms for special events.Located at 3471 N. Elston Ave, Chicago.

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