The reviews are in! Mrs. Kelly's Journey Home is a smashing success and a must-see experience. Buckle up for a roller coaster of laughs and tears. And tea. Lots of tea.

Mrs. Kelly's Journey Home is an original work that brings to the stage the experiences that are often unspoken by so many generations of immigrants and adults caring for aging parents.

Winner Best One-Person Show 2021-22 EncoreMichigan (940 × 788 px)

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Mrs. Kelly's Journey Home

An original work written and performed by Breeda Kelly Miller

Mrs. Kelly's Journey Home is the story of a woman’s journey from Ireland to America and her struggle with dementia in her later years. This show brings to the stage the experiences that are often unspoken of by so many generations of immigrants and adults caring for their aged parents. 



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❝This play delivers the message that when we can't find a cure, we can find the joy.❞

"Mrs. Kelly's Journey Home is about finding the joy. It's a play that has the ability to entertain while inspiring caregivers to cope with the daily challenges of caring for people with dementia.  This play delivers the message that when we can't find a cure, we can find the joy.  Using stories, characters, and humor Breeda Kelly Miller has tapped into an essential bit of wisdom that we all need to remember and to practice."

Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph.D.
Michigan Medicine


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❝We could not stop talking about it❞

“Breeda Miller had the audience in the palm of her hand from the first moments of the play to its last. She not only played all the characters herself, but she also brought them convincingly to life without even any costume changes. Ms. Miller’s well-crafted script never became sentimental or maudlin due to her skills in blending pathos and humor. Driving home, we could not stop talking about how this play impacted and delighted us.”

Kitty Dubin, Playwright
Lecturer in Playwriting, Oakland University


I Was An Accidental Caregiver

I was my mother's caregiver for many years - including hospice care in my home. I had no training, no experience. I didn't know what I didn't know.  All I knew was that I loved my mother.

I wasn't prepared to deal with the exhaustion, frustration, and isolation I experienced as a family caregiver. I was shocked by the sense of isolation and loneliness I experienced. That's why I wrote The Caregiver Coffeebreak and I speak to groups to help Caregivers Carry On, using memorable stories to create impact.

Meet Breeda Miller

I'm a storyteller. I've told stories at The Moth Story Slams and have been broadcast on The Moth Story Hour on NPR. I have a video that has gone viral (in a good way).  I've worked in marketing, sales, and advertising.  But my most rewarding experience was caring for my mother at the end of her life.  That's what drove my decision to find creative ways to help other caregivers.

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HOURDetroit Feature Story May 2024

On May 8, 2024, just before the Penn Theatre in Plymouth performance of Mrs. Kelly's Journey Home this Mother’s Day, Jim McFarlin of HOURDetroit notes: "The play, which Miller wrote and stars in, will be presented three times this Mother’s Day weekend — Miller’s idea, Elliott notes — and every succeeding Mother’s Day for as long as she can tread the boards."

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“Mrs. Kelly’s Journey Home” is a gift of a story

Check out Encore Michigan for David Kiley's feature article and review of Mrs Kelly's Journey Home: "When you see that Breeda Miller is performing her one-woman show, 'Mrs. Kelly’s Journey Home,' make a point of seeing it. A poignant and well-written memory piece about Miller’s Detroit/Lincoln Park upbringing and her subsequent experience caring for her mother for six years, her story does a superb job of connecting with her audience." ... 



Hitting the Big Time! Mrs. Kelly’s Journey Home featured in Detroit News

On Monday, May 30, on the front page of the Arts and Style Section of the Detroit News the article was published: “One-Woman show tells story of immigration, dementia and finding home” (by Maureen Feighan, Detroit News, 5/30/22). I am gobsmacked. Maureen Feighan is an extraordinary journalist. She captured the essence of this play and wrote an article that touched my heart with it’s candor and truth. I hope you take a moment to read it and please share with anyone you think might be interested in being part of Mrs. Kelly’s Journey Home. It’s a wild ride and the best thing I’ve ever done.


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