solas nua in boston

Jason McCool is the Artistic Director of Solas Nua in Boston, which he founded at The Burren in Somerville, MA in June 2014. Solas Nua, founded in 2005 by Dublin-native Linda Murray in Washington, DC, is the only organization in the United States dedicated to promoting contemporary Irish arts. Solas Nua in Boston has been featured on WGBH's "Under the Radar with Callie Crossley" (listen at 14:30), in Dig Boston, and was the winner of the December 2014 Opus Affair Punch Bowl Fund. Since June 2014, Solas Nua in Boston has presented free staged readings of contemporary Irish plays every 4th Monday of the month at The Burren. This residency continues through June, 2016 featuring an all-star lineup of guest directors: Olivia D'Ambrosio (Bridge Rep), James Peter Sotis (Vagabond Theater Group), Kelly Smith, Steven Barkhimer (Actors' Shakespeare Project), Cassie Lovering (Fresh Ink Theatre), Melia Bensussan (Huntington Theatre, Emerson College), Steven Bogart, and Lewis Wheeler.

Shows Jason has directed at The Burren so far: The Buddhist of Castleknock by Jim O'Hanlon (June 2014), Noah and the Tower Flower by Sean Maguire (July 2014), Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr (August 2014), Scenes from the Big Picture by Owen McCafferty (Oct 2014), Silent by Pat Kinevane (Dec 2014), This Other City by Daragh Carville (April 2015), and Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O'Kelly (June 2015). He also appeared as an actor in Terminus by Mark O'Rowe (March 2014), directed by Meg Taintor. On St. Patrick's Day 2015, Jason produced Solas Nua in Boston's first annual Boston Irish Poem Day, handing out one thousand contemporary Irish poems on the streets of Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge, and he recently joined Solas Nua in Boston company members Nancy Finn and Steven O Broin in performing at celebrations of William Butler Yeats (see photo below) and James Joyce at the Office of the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston.

Please visit our website to learn more about what Solas Nua in Boston is up to, join our mailing list, find us on Facebook and Twitter, and feel free to contact Jason at solasboston@gmail.com for more info. Sláinte!