Solas nua ('new light' in Irish) is a Washington DC based Irish contemporary arts organization, founded in 2005. Its first event was a production of the play "Disco Pigs" by Enda Walsh. While it is best known for its theater offerings Solas Nua also presents programming in areas including film, music, visual arts and literature. The organization puts special emphasis on promoting recent work by up and coming Irish artists.
Past Theater Productions
In its 2008/09 season Solas Nua performed "Disco Pigs" by Enda Walsh at 59E59 in New York City as part of the 1st Irish Theater Festival. Solas Nua produced this play again in D.C. in their 2009/2010 season. In the 2008/09 season Linda Murray directed Gerald Murphy's "Take me Away" and Des Kennedy directed the American premiere of Marina Carr's "Woman and Scarecrow". Solas Nua also produced a series of readings of 11 plays commissioned by Belfast theater company Tinderbox.
In Solas Nua's 2009/2010 season they presented David Ireland's "Everything Between Us" in DC, Buffalo and Philadelphia. They also produced Rosemary Jenkinson's "Johnny Meister and the Stitch".
2010/2011 events included "Swampoodle" by Tom Swift. This place-based performance was created in collaboration with Ireland's Performance Corporation at the U-Line Arena. Solas Nua also presented John Paul Murphy's "The Prophet of Monto", and Arthur Riordan and Bell Helicopter's musical "Improbable Frequency".
In 2012/2013 Solas Nua commissioned and performed "Bradley O’Gill and the Little People" by Tom Swift.
In 2014 Solas Nua began play reading series in Washington D.C. and in Boston.
Other Solas Nua Activities
Regular events include a film screening series called Irish Popcorn! Solas Nua also presents Irish films at their annual Capital Irish Film Festival. Each year Solas Nua gives away thousands of Irish books on their Irish Book Day (March 17th). In 2014 Solas Nua collaborated with Irish literary Magazine The Stinging Fly to create an original Irish Book Day publication for the first time. "What's the Story?" included short stories and poems by authors including Kevin Barry.
Solas nua was founded by Linda Murray.
- "What's the Story, Declan Meade?". http://www.solasnua.org/blog/2014/3/8/declan-meade. Solas Nua.
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