THE SMUGGLER by Ronan Noone


One actor. 9,000 words in rhyme.
You have to see it to believe it.
Staged in one of DC's swankiest cocktail bars!

Irish immigrant Tim Finnegan had notions of being a writer in America but struggles as a bartender on the island of Amity. That all changes when a stranger arrives with a plan to make people "disappear and reappear," and Tim learns the price he must pay to become an American.
Solas Nua theatre artistic director, Rex Daugherty, will star in this award-winning comedy. During the play, he will be making craft cocktails for the audience as the bartender of the speakeasy where the play is set.

Join us for a one of a kind night out in Washington, crafted just for you!


visual arts

Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair

Aideen Barry and Alice Maher exhibit

November 9th at American University Museum


‘Fair is foul and foul is fair’ as claimed by the witches in Macbeth describes a world where nothing - no message, no deed - is ethically clear. In Shakespeare’s fair/foul world, evil walks abroad in the guise of good, and all expectations are confounded and confused.  

In this double exhibition by Alice Maher and Aideen Barry, tropes of what could be considered fair and foul morph into unrecognizable, interchangeable and above all, challenging art works. Both artists engage at the fault lines of artmaking where sociocultural movements, media, imagery and language overlap and collapse in order to animate new, personal ways of communicating this semiotic conundrum. Both also bring an individual stinging humour and critique to their investigations of hybridity, carnality and social politics in historical time.  
In her film works, Barry explores concepts of the Uncanny and the monstrous feminine where she finds foundational substrata reflective of her own lived experience.  The human-animal-machine becomes, for her, a vehicle of an anxious interrogation of the boundaries of the psyche. Equally, Maher’s hand finished woodblock prints and hand pressed sculptures advance her continued questioning of the phenomenon of the material present.  Her hybridized images and objects expose phenomenological questions and excitations inherent in the body, and its psycho-dramatic task of being human.  The focus of both artists on the interchangeabilities of fairness and foulness is played out in this exhibition with a fascinating and urgent energy.  

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