"Solas Nua in Boston does it again!"

"You and your troupe were absolutely brilliant. What a gift to us! So impressed by all you do!"

"Solas Nua in Boston has been doing some terrific work this past year."

–recent audience comments


audience for SPINNING (July 2015)

audience for SPINNING (July 2015)

SPINNING cast (L to R): Melissa Healey, Steven Ó Broin, Angie Jepson, Margaret Clark

SPINNING cast (L to R): Melissa Healey, Steven Ó Broin, Angie Jepson, Margaret Clark

L to R: Solas Nua in Boston Artistic Director Jason McCool, SPINNING Director Stephanie LeBolt, cast members Steven Ó Broin, Margaret Clark, Melissa Healey, Angie Jepson.

L to R: Solas Nua in Boston Artistic Director Jason McCool, SPINNING Director Stephanie LeBolt, cast members Steven Ó Broin, Margaret Clark, Melissa Healey, Angie Jepson.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK for SPINNING:

"The reading of "Spinning" by Deirdre Kinahan was riveting. The actors were spellbinding, delivering the compelling story of life in an Irish seaside town. The experiences of four souls is unpacked over ten years with great skill and precision. We had a wonderful evening! My fish and chips and beer were delicious. I'm going back to The Burren... they have these readings every 4th Monday night! What a find!"

"What an amazing show tonight. Great acting; great story. Congrats! I hope it gets a full run!"

Our July reading at The Burren featured an all-star cast and special guest director Stephanie LeBolt, presenting this moving, acclaimed script to a packed audience! Facebook invite here.


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Check out this Dig Boston article about Solas Nua in Boston. We were also featured on WGBH's Under the Radar with Callie Crossley – listen at 14:30!

Interested in getting involved with Solas Nua in Boston? E-mail Jason McCool at solasboston@gmail.com. Actor, director, and intern submissions particularly welcome!


OTHER RECENT SOLAS NUA IN BOSTON ACTIVITIES!

On Monday, 22 June 2015, we celebrated our ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY at The Burren, where we proudly presented a special one-night only performance of Donal O'Kelly's wildly entertaining script LITTLE THING, BIG THING (presented by kind permission of Fishamble: The New Play Company*), featuring Solas Nua in Boston company member Nancy Finn and Colin Hamell, director of Boston's acclaimed Tir Na Productions!

*Fishamble's production of LITTLE THING, BIG THING will receive its US premiere in 59E59 Theatres, New York, as part of the first Irish Festival, September 2-27, 2015, supported by Culture Ireland.


Two shots featuring Colin Hamell, director of Tir Na Productions, and Solas Nua in Boston company member Nancy Finn, presenting a preview performance of Donal O'Kelly's LITTLE THING, BIG THING for a course titled "The Irish in Boston" at Boston University, 19 June 2015.

"You and your troupe were absolutely brilliant. What a gift to us! Thank you. All that energy electrified the classroom. So impressed by all you do!"
–Prof. Meg Tyler, Boston University


Two shots from our recent Bloomsday performance given in honor of James Joyce at the Office of the Irish Consulate General of Boston, 16 June, 2015. Pictured are Solas Nua in Boston company members Steven Ó Broin and Nancy Finn.


The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, The Burren, Somerville, MA, 1 June 2015

The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, The Burren, Somerville, MA, 1 June 2015

Thanks to all who joined us Monday, 1 June, as Newton Nomadic Theater presented Martin McDonagh's THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE during our monthly slot at The Burren! And to the entire Newton Nomadic Theater creative team for this wonderful collaboration.


"Solas Nua in Boston does it again. Intriguing play and marvelous acting. Congrats!"

-AUDIENCE COMMENT posted on Twitter after THIS OTHER CITY, 27 April, 2015


AUDIENCE COMMENTS after TERMINUS, performed as a staged reading at The Burren on 23 March, 2015.

"Holy shite. That was pure magic. Exceptional script and cast. Thank you."

"It's an amazing piece and the performances were lovely."

"A deeply engaging reading of TERMINUS tonight! A brilliant play and performances that let me see a vividly realized poetic world... 

...Solas Nua in Boston has been doing some terrific work this past year."

Mark O'Rowe's TERMINUS, a play first premiered at Dublin's Abbey Theatre (who also mounted a wildly successful international tour) was performed in a FREE staged reading on Monday, 23 March, 2015 at The Burren in Somerville. Brilliant Boston-based director Meg Taintor (founder of Whistler in the Dark Theatre) directed Solas Nua in Boston company members Nancy Finn, Jason McCool, and Brashani Reece.


BOSTON IRISH POEM DAY, inspired by DC's Irish Book Day, was held on St. Patrick's Day, 2015! Our amazing Solas Nua in Boston volunteers helped distribute ONE THOUSAND Irish poems on the streets of Boston (South Station), Somerville (Davis Square), and Cambridge (Harvard Square)!

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Solas Nua in Boston performances at The Burren so far:

Spinning by Deirdre Kinahan, directed by Stephanie LeBolt (July 2015)

Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O'Kelly, directed by Jason McCool (June 2015)

The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, directed by Joey DeMita, co-presented with Newton Nomadic Theater (May 2015)

This Other City by Daragh Carville, directed by Jason McCool (April 2015)

Terminus by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Meg Taintor (March 2015)

Silent by Pat Kinevane, directed by Jason McCool (December 2014)

Great Artists Steal by Seamus Collins, directed by Hatem Adell (November 2014)

Scenes from the Big Picture by Owen McCafferty, directed by Jason McCool (October 2014)

On City Water Hill by Philip St John, directed by Jamileh Jemison (September 2014)

Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr, directed by Jason McCool (August 2014)

Noah and the Tower Flower by Sean Maguire, directed by Jason McCool (July 2014)

The Buddhist of Castleknock by Jim O'Hanlon, directed by Jason McCool (June 2014)


Solas Nua in Boston company members:

Nancy Finn

Jason McCool

Steven O Broin

Brashani Reece

Kelly Smith


In addition, Solas Nua in Boston has been fortunate enough to work with the following Boston-based theatrefolk:

Liz Adams
Rae Bell
Liam Bixby
Sara Jane Burns
Diego Buscaglia
Catherine Buxton
Kim Carrell
Margaret Clark
Ciaran Crawford
Tracey Delaney
Joey DeMita
Kevin Fennessy
Robin Gabrielli
Linda Goetz
Emma Jayne Gruttadauria
Colin Hamell
James Hayward
Melissa Healey
Peter Holm
Tim Hoover
Craig Houk
Angie Jepson
Mark Krawczyk
Tim Lawton
Stephanie LeBolt
Valerie Madden
Lida McGirr
Jim Murphy
Kevin Murphy
Matthew Murphy
Brian O'Donovan
Kevin Paquette
Rick Park
Ed Peed
Matt Phillipps
Chandra Pieragostini
Brooks Reeves
Dave Rich
Ashley Risteen
Jasmine Roth
Rachel Sacks
Ann Marie Shea
Alexandra Smith Truppi
Kelly Smith
Donna Sorbello
Anna Stenberg
Meg Taintor
Bill Taylor
Trip Venturella


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 McCool was a Solas Nua company member for a number of years in Washington, DC. He acted in our 2007 production of Owen McCafferty Scenes from the Big Picture (named by The Washington Post as 'one of the 10 best plays of the decade'), 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 traveled to Ireland to help develop our site-specific extravaganza Swampoodle, devised in collaboration with Ireland’s award-winning 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 (named 'best male actor of Fringe'), Forum Theatre’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui with Catalyst Theatre (Helen Hayes Award winner, ensemble), 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.