solas nua in boston
Jason McCool was the Artistic Director of Solas Nua in Boston, which he founded at The Burren in Somerville, MA in June 2014, and ran until the dissolving of the Boston branch in November 2015. 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 was featured on WGBH's "Under the Radar with Callie Crossley," in Dig Boston, and was the winner of the December 2014 Opus Affair Punch Bowl Fund. Solas Nua in Boston presented free staged readings of contemporary Irish plays every 4th Monday of the month at The Burren.
Shows Jason directed at The Burren: 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.