"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
RECENT 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."
SOLAS NUA IN BOSTON held TWO events in March, the most Irish of months!
1. BOSTON IRISH POEM DAY, inspired by DC's Irish Book Day, was held on St. Patrick's Day! 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)!
2. Mark O'Rowe's TERMINUS, a play first premiered at the Abbey Theatre (who also mounted a wildly successful international tour) was performed in a FREE staged reading on Monday, 23 March at The Burren (247 Elm St., Davis Square) in Somerville, at 7:30pm (doors at 7). 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.
Interested in getting involved with Solas Nua in Boston? E-mail Jason McCool at email@example.com. Actor, director, and intern submissions particularly welcome!
Staged readings at The Burren so far this season:
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:
Steven O Broin
In addition, Solas Nua in Boston has been fortunate enough to work with the following Boston-based theatrefolk:
Sara Jane Burns
Emma Jayne Gruttadauria
Ann Marie Shea
Alexandra Smith Truppi
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!
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.