Solas Nua will be opening its new season with Disco Pigs, its hit from the 1st Irish Theatre Festival in New York rather than the previously announced Danny and Chantelle (still here), making a quick programming change that is this side of a miracle.
The company had booked Flashpoint’s Mead Theatre for its November 12th opening, its publicity was out and the actors were in rehearsal. What they didn’t have, suddenly, was a play. Danny and Chantelle (still here), a new work from Phillip MacMahon was to make its U.S. debut, when word came that the work visa for its director, Wayne Jordan from Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, had run into a snag.
Dan Brick, Solas Nua’s Producing Director, told us what happened next. “Danny & Chantelle (still here) actually had the same cast as our 2008 NYC production of Disco Pigs, so when we had to delay Danny and Chantelle, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to mount our NYC Disco Pigs in DC. The show was such a success there, we sold out every performance and every review was a rave, including Variety, Backstage and The New York Times.”
And thus actors Rex Daugherty and Madeleine Carr went back into rehearsal, this time as Pig and Runt in Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs which, back in 2005, had marked the debut of Washington’s new Irish theatre company, Solas Nua. “The 2005 Disco Pigs was an entirely different production. Linda [Murray] and I were the cast. It was our first production ever, people didn’t know the company or the playwright. In addition we were performing off-nights so not very many people saw that show despite the glowing reviews.”
Solas Nua plans to re-schedule Danny and Chantelle (still here) for later this summer.
Disco Pigs was one of the first reviews written by Ronnie Ruff for DC Theatre Reviews (our former name)