Production History


Solas Nua's theatre programming has garnered a reputation for innovation and daring work. The New York Times called Solas Nua "exciting"  "sheer energy" and The Washington Post praised the company as "the most new vital troupe in town." The company began in 2005, performing in various venues in Washington, DC as well as site-specific productions that have excited audiences, creating a taste for innovation and bold, new work. Solas Nua has received multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations and was the recipient of the the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts. Solas Nua is proud to have collaborated with so many talented artists from Ireland and The United States, including Fishamble: The New Play Company, Tinderbox, The Performance Corporation, and more. 


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Silent - regional premiere

by Pat Kinevane; from Fishamble Theatre Company

March 2019 at Atlas Performing Arts Center

How to Keep an Alien - regional premiere

by Sonya Kelly

November 28 - December 16, 2018 at Dance Loft on 14

*DCMTA - Best Theatre of the Year - 2018

The Frederick Douglass Project - world premiere

by Psalmayene 24 and Deirdre Kinahan

May 9 - 24 at The Yards Marina (site-specific)

*The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, DC Theatre Scene, and DCMTA all listed this production as “Best Theatre of 2018”

*Nominated for 6 Helen Hayes Awards

*Helen Hayes Award Winner for Outstanding Ensemble


Misterman by Enda Walsh

November 16 - December 9, 2017

Dance Loft on 14


Coolatully by Fiona Doyle - American Premiere

March 9 –26, 2017 

Mead Theatre Lab, Flashpoint


Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O'Kelly

November 10 – 27, 2016 

Mead Theatre Lab, Flashpoint 


Wild Sky by Deirdre Kinahan

April 28 – June 4, 2016 

Private homes and Friends Meeting of Washington (Site Specific) 


Bradley O’Gill and the Little People by Tom Swift - World Premiere

March 18, 2014 

Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market, Eastern Market and in front of Dubliner and Kelly’s Irish Times (Site Specific) 

Street performance to accompany Irish Book Day. Commissioned by Solas Nua. 


Swampoodle by Tom Swift - World Premiere

May 21-28, 2011 

Solas Nua and The Performance Corporation (Ireland) 

Uline Arena (Site Specific Ruin) 


GAA!-A Theatrical Espresso - World Premiere

Feb. 17, 2011 

Solas Nua and The Performance Corporation (Ireland) 

Farragut Square (Site Specific) 


Kiss USA - World Premiere

Feb. 14, 2011 

Solas Nua and the Performance Corporation - (Ireland) 

Front of While House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (Site Specific) 


Improbable Frequency by Arthur Riordan (Books and Lyrics) and Bell Helicopter (Music)

*Helen Hayes Nomination - Best Choreography

September 30 - October 24, 2010 

111 K Street NE (office building - site specific)


Project Brand New Presented by the Project Brand New Festival from Dublin - World premiere

November 11-13, 2010 and February 17-19, 2011 

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 


The Prophet of Monto by John Paul Murphy - World premiere

1st Irish Theater Festival 

September 8 - 25, 2010 

Flea Theater, New York City 


Johnny Meister and the Stitch by Rosemary Jenkinson - American Premiere

*Helen Hayes Nomination - Best Sound Design

June 24 - July 17, 2010 

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 


Everything Between Us by David Ireland - American Premiere

March 23 - 28, 2010 

Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint 

Performances also in Buffalo and Philadelphia 

Commissioned by Solas Nua and Tinderbox Theater, Belfast. 


Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh - Helen Hayes Nomination Best Ensemble

November 12 - December 5, 2009 

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 


Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr

May 7 - 31, 2009 

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 


Pump Girl by Abbie Spallen

February 26 - March 22, 2009 

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 


Take Me Away by Gerald Murphy

October 2 - 26, 2008 

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 


Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh - NYC Premiere (click here to read our NY Times Review by Charles Isherwood)

September 9 - 14, 2008 

Off Broadway - 1st Irish Theater Festival 

59E59 Theaters, New York City 


Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr

March 13 - April 6, 2008 

H Street Playhouse 


Trad by Mark Doherty

January 24 - February 17, 2008 

Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint 


Made in China by Mark O’Rowe

October 11 - November 4, 2007 

Atlas Performing Arts Center 


The Drunkard by Tom Murphy

July 13 - August 5, 2007 

The Devine Theatre, Georgetown University Davis Arts Center 


Scenes from the Big Picture by Owen McCafferty - Helen Hayes Nomination Best Ensemble

May 17 - June 24, 2007 

Callan Theater, Catholic University 

"one of the best offerings that decade by any small troupe in town" -Peter Marks, The Washington Post


The Small Things by Enda Walsh

January 31 - February 25, 2007 

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 


Le Corbiere by Anne LeMarquard Hartigan

2006 Capitol Fringe Festival 

July 27 - 30, 2006 

Volta Park Swimming Pool (Site Specific)


Bedbound by Enda Walsh

June 22 - July 16, 2006 

District of Columbia Arts Center 


The Mai by Marina Carr

March 2 - 26, 2006 

Josephine Butler Parks Center (Site Specific) 


Howie the Rookie by Mark O’Rowe

January 11 - February 5, 2006 

Warehouse Theater 


Misterman by Enda Walsh

October 27 - November 20, 2005 

District of Columbia Arts Center 


Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh

June 26 - July 27, 2005 

Church Street Theater