On opening night of The Frederick Douglass Project, lightning cracked the sky over the Anacostia River and wind-blown rain snapped the flaps of the stage tent at The Yards Marina. Solas Nua, known for putting on site-specific productions, has chosen the perfect spot to serve up an Irish story in a new light: the stage […]
Hello DC Theatre Fam, As we head into the holiday season, there are quite a good number of offerings from now until New Years Eve. Not to be overlooked are a few one man plays floating about and luckily, I had the opportunity to chat with a few folks over at Solas Nua regarding Misterman, starring […]
I emerged Saturday night from the Dance Loft on 14th certain of several things. Firstly, that one of the most dangerous things in the world is a young, isolated, ideology-obsessed male. Secondly, that it’s a very good thing for DC that Solas Nua is producing theatre again. Thirdly, that Thomas Keegan is one hell of […]
Coolatully hits every single trope of a modern Irish story with an impeccable, though taciturn exactitude. Solas Nua is “the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish work,” but here “contemporary” falls short of the “new light” they take their name from.
With St. Patrick’s Day only a week away, and “Danny Boy” heard in many a pub, Solas Nua, the DC based company dedicated to Irish arts, is presenting the American premiere of Fiona Doyle’s Coolatully, which tells the tale of other young men facing the need to leave home.
You can almost feel the Fringe/touring roots of Little Thing, Big Thing from the mixture of story-telling with theatre, the acting challenges given the small cast, the clever blending of genres, and the ambitious themes. Irish playwright Donal O’Kelly has written an unusually dexterous work full of comedy and surprises that receives a smashing Solas Nua.
Little Thing, Big Thing, a dark comic crime thriller by Dublin playwright Donal O’Kelly follows a thief and a nun who are thrown into impossible circumstances with immense odds against them. “The plot is huge. It has gun fights and chase scenes and a heist gone awry,” Daugherty says. “It’s great to set up a huge challenge like […]
Good to have you back, Solas Nua. The U.S. premiere of Deirdre Kinahan’s Wild Sky marks the welcome return to full theatrical production of Irish-focused arts group, now under the artistic direction of longtime company member Rex Daugherty. As befits a company that has not had a full-scale production in five years, Wild Sky seems […]
Rex Daugherty, the new Artistic Director of Solas Nua’s theatrical productions, wanted to plan something original for his first season. Not only did he come up with a play that’s different, and became the first American theatre company to produce the Irish play, but the company is performing it in a way that’s fairly unique. […]
A roundup of some of this week’s theatrical news and notes from Solas Nua, Mosaic Theater, City Kids Theatre, Arena Stage, Constellation Theatre Company, and noted critic John Lahr. At the opening of Kathleen Akerley’s Night Falls on the Blue Planet, directed by Rex Daugherty, we had the chance to congratulate the actor/director on his […]