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Solas Nua to stage U.S. premiere of latest ‘Playboy of the Western World’

Solas Nua, Washington, DC’s premier up to date Irish arts group, brings a rare Twenty first-century adaptation of one of many nice classics of Irish theater, J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World this fall, in its U.S. premiere. Hailed as “a massively entertaining, typically laugh-out-loud humorous…excellent piece of theatre” (The Irish Occasions), this well timed tackle the traditional story of rural life in Western Eire was created by Nigerian-Irish playwright Bisi Adigun and one in all Eire’s best-known writers, BAFTA Award and Man Booker Prize-winning novelist, dramatist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle (The CommitmentsPaddy Clark Ha Ha Ha). Performances will run November 3-20 on the Atlas Performing Arts Middle, 1333 H St. NE, Washington DC.

As retold by Adigun and Doyle, the western Irish farmers and villagers of Synge’s unique at the moment are powerful Dublin gangsters, and the scallywag, runaway playboy of the story is re-imagined as a Nigerian refugee. The difference shifts the motion to modern-day, city Eire and highlights the modifications which have occurred within the nation, particularly round such points as immigration and inequality.

The script was first commissioned by Adigun’s theater firm, Arambe Productions, Eire’s first and solely African theater firm, and was produced by Eire’s famed Abbey Theatre in 2007. A preferred success, the variation drew essential acclaim: “an intriguing, freewheeling farce…Synge’s eloquence is decanted into the wisecracking Dublin repartee of The Commitments and The Van” (The Guardian, UK).

Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle

Solas Nua Creative Director of Theatre Rex Daugherty says, “Playboy is arguably Eire’s most well-known play, and this up to date adaptation showcases the comedy and dramatic energy that Synge initially captured, whereas concurrently reframing the context to incorporate the multicultural identification of recent Eire. It’s a exceptional piece of writing and we’re delighted to deliver it to U.S. audiences.”


Following the two:30pm efficiency on November 6, Solas Nua will host a post-show Q&A dialogue with playwright Bisi Adigun. The Nigerian-Irish dramatist based Arambe Productions, Eire’s solely African theater firm. Adigun has written extensively about adapting performs from the Irish theatrical canon with a contemporary, multi-cultural perspective.



Bisi Adigun established Arambe Productions, Eire’s first African theater firm, in 2003, for which he writes, directs and produces his performs and others’. As theater director/producer and creative director, Adigun’s productions embrace African Voices (2003), The Gods Are To not Blame (2004), As soon as Upon A Time and Not So Lengthy In the past (2006), The Kings of the Kilburn Excessive Street (2006 and 2007 in Eire and USA), The Dilemma of a Ghost (2007), By way of A Movie Darkly (2008), Haba!!! Pastor Jero (2009 in Nigeria and Eire), The Butcher Babes (2010), Dwelling, Candy Dwelling (2010 in Nigeria), The Paddies of Parnell Avenue (2013), and Dying and the King’s Horseman (2017 in Nigeria). Adigun can be a documentarist and was featured as a co-presenter of the primary three collection of Mono, RTE’s flagship tv program on intercultural Eire, from 2000 to 2003. Adigun holds a B.A. (Hons) in Dramatic Arts from Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; an M.A. in Movie and TV; and a PhD in Drama Research from the College of Drama, Movie and Music (now College of Inventive Arts), Trinity School, Dublin the place he has served as an adjunct lecturer of African Theatre and Submit-colonial Theatre.


Creator of dozens of books together with novels and quick story collections, in addition to a number of performs and screenplays, Roddy Doyle is one in all Eire’s most beloved and in style writers. His first three novels, The Commitments (1987), The Snapper (1990), and The Van (1991), narrate the adventures of the Rabbitte household, residents of Barrytown, a poor housing property in north Dublin. All three have been made into movies. He gained the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1993 for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, the colourful story of a ten-year-old Irish boy, and has gained essential popularity of his different books together with The Lady Who Walked Into Doorways (1996), A Star Referred to as Henry (1999), Republic (2010), Two Pints (2012), The Guts (2013), Lifeless Man Speaking (2015), Smile (2017), Love (2020), and his 2021 assortment of pandemic-era quick tales, Life With out Youngsters. Born in Dublin in 1958, Doyle was educated by the Christian Brothers and at Trinity School, Dublin.


Shanara Gabrielle

Solas Nua’s manufacturing of The Playboy of the Western World might be directed by Shanara Gabrielle, whose work has been acknowledged with a number of Helen Hayes Award and Critic’s Circle nominations. Shanara most just lately spearheaded WORKING IN DC because the Creative Producer, which carried out on Black Lives Matter Plaza in collaboration with the nationwide AFL-CIO. She is an Creative Affiliate at Enviornment Stage, a member of the Stage Administrators and Choreographers Society and has directed at: the cell theatre in New York Metropolis, Goethe Institut, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Enviornment Stage (affiliate), Signature Theatre, Door Shakespeare, Shakespeare Theatre Firm’s Academy for Basic Performing, Creativeness Stage (motion), Shakespeare Pageant St. Louis, Coterie Theatre, Metro Theatre, The Black Rep (affiliate), St. Louis Rep, Nice Lakes Theatre, COCA Theatre, New York Fringe, San Francisco Fringe, and extra.


Nigerian artist and minister Sulmane Maigadi supplies perception on Nigerian tradition and present occasions as current in Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle’s riveting adaptation. Born in Nigeria, Maigaidi now calls Washington, DC dwelling. Seminary-trained, with a background in theater, scriptwriting and tv, he has served as a Bible instructor, a younger adults pastor, presently volunteers with The Augustine Middle at Georgetown, and is a curate at Church of the Resurrection. His writing and performing credit embrace The Unveiled Reality (TV Collection 2013), E.V.E – Audi Alteram Partem (TV Collection 2018– ), Final Stand (Theatre Premiere Manufacturing – 2014), Innate (Film: Submit-Manufacturing), and MLK: A Tunnel of Hope (Theatre, Ongoing).


Ian Armstrong: Michael, Jessica Lefkow: Widow Quin, Jamil Joseph: Christopher, JJ Johnson: Malomo, Rebecca Ballinger: Pegeen, Ryan Tumulty: Jimmy, Matthew Pauli: Philly and Michael u/s, James Lacey: Sean, Rachel Lawhead: Susan and Quin u/s, Danielle Gallo: Honor, Erin Denman: Sarah and Pegeen u/s, Sulmane Maigadi: Understudy – Christy/Malomo.


Regina Vitale: stage supervisor, Jonathan Holmes: affiliate director, Anderson Wells: affiliate director, Nadir Bey: scenic designer, Jessica Trementozzi: assistant scenic design, Danielle Preston: costume designer, Sarah Tundermann: lighting designer, Delaney Bray: sound designer, Sierra Younger: battle director, Rex Daugherty: creative director/dialect coach, Charlotte La Nasa: assistant producer/neighborhood engagement, Mary Doebel: assistant stage supervisor/run crew/wardrobe, Dean Leong: grasp electrician.


Solas Nua – ‘new gentle’ in Irish, is devoted completely to up to date Irish arts. Based in 2005, Solas Nua acts as an envoy and advocate for Irish arts within the U.S., selling up to date Irish tradition, multi-disciplinary arts and creativity. Solas Nua commissions, produces and presents thought-provoking and groundbreaking work throughout genres, work that’s cross-cultural, representing immediately’s Eire – a recent, globally numerous society – and reflecting how Irish tradition is shared throughout borders, ethnicity, and financial traces.

The Playboy of the Western World runs November 3 to twenty, 2022, offered by Solas Nua acting at Atlas Performing Arts Middle, 1333 H Sreet NE, Washington, DC. Buy tickets ($5-$45) on-line.

COVID Security: Masks are required to be worn by all viewers members whereas in efficiency areas (i.e. watching the present). Masks could also be elective in different areas of the constructing, together with lobbies. Using N95 masks is inspired. Atlas Performing Arts Middle’s full COVID Well being and Security Coverage is right here.



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