On City Water Hill

by Philip St John

Directed by Jamileh Jemison

09/22/2014 at 7pm

The Burren (Back Room)

247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, MA

This event is free, but donations are encouraged

21st century Dublin. Brutally competitive and ambitious. A city of anti-heroes. Two men at the top of their professions: three-times IFTA-winning producer, Gary, and hit man, Frank. Distinct, yet identical. Creators of extraordinary schemes. Shapers of reality.

Now one of them has received a taste of something unfamiliar: failure.

Apart, the men are formidable. Combined, are they capable of devising the most chilling revenge-plot of all?

About the author:

Philip St John is a writer from Dublin. His stories have been published and anthologized in Ireland and elsewhere. He has written three plays: Maxine (2011), winner of An International Playwright Forum Award; The Sylvia (2013), which was the centrepiece of the Collaborations 13 Theatre Festival; and On City Water Hill (2014) which premiered in Dublin's Theatre Upstairs in May. He has twice received Literature Bursaries from the Arts Council, and further bursaries from Artlinks and Wicklow Arts Office.

So far this season: Noah and the Tower Flower by Sean Maguire (July). The Buddhist of Castleknock by Jim O'Hanlon (June). Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr (August).

Solas Nua's Boston activities are led by Jason McCool. He has a longstanding association with Solas Nua. We look forward to sharing his talent with audiences in Boston!

“Solas means the world to me and I'm excited to continue the energy in the deeply Irish community of Boston!”

“Solas means the world to me and I'm excited to continue the energy in the deeply Irish community of Boston!”

Jason acted in our 2007 production of Owen McCafferty Scenes from the Big Picture, and performed in several play readings. He served as assistant producer for our production of Marina Carr’s Woman and Scarecrow in 2009. And in 2011 Jason was part of the development and performance team for our site-specific extravaganza Swampoodle, which was devised in collaboration with Ireland’s Performance Corporation.

This Brockton, MA native is multi-talented. He’s a musician with degrees in jazz trumpet performance and historical musicology from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland. In September 2013, Jason began doctoral work in musicology at Boston University. He’s also an award-winning actor whose credits include Riding the Bull at the Capital Fringe Festival, Forum Theatre’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui with Catalyst Theatre, and Dancing at Lughnasa at the T. Schreiber Studio in NYC. Jason has also appeared at Studio, Folger, Everyman, and Rorschach Theatres, Theater J, Washington Shakespeare Company, and at the Kennedy Center. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.