Staged Reading: Scenes from the Big Picture

by Owen McCafferty

directed by Jason McCool

10/27, Doors 7pm, Reading 7.30pm

The Burren (Back Room), 247 Elm St., Somerville, MA 02144

Suggested donation $10

Image from Solas Nua's 2007 production in D.C.

Image from Solas Nua's 2007 production in D.C.

Scenes from the Big Picture takes place over the course of a hot summer’s day in an imagined area of present-day Belfast. We see a day in the life of over twenty inhabitants of the city as their stories interweave and collide. In a tour de force of dramatic writing, a whole world is evoked in a couple of hours.

Scenes from the Big Picture was originally produced in 2003 at the National Theatre in London and won the John Whiting Award, the Evening Standard’s Charles Wintour Award for New Playwriting, and the Meyer-Whitworth award. In 2007 Solas Nua mounted the first U.S production of the play in Washington D.C. Peter Marks of the Washington Post listed Scenes from the Big Picture as “one of the 10 best plays of the decade.” This reading marks the Boston premiere of this play.

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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). On City Water Hill by Philip St John (September).

Solas Nua's Boston activities are led by Jason McCool. He has a longstanding association with Solas Nua. We are pleased to share 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.