Send a Student to a Season of Third Rail

One of Third Rail’s exciting new projects this season is our Student Subscription Program. With your help, these students will experience the magic of live theater and the community of Third Rail all season long.

A recent study at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, found that “Live theater enhance(s) literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students.” For the reduced subscription package cost, you can make this happen for one of our eligible applicants. Find out more about them and who is still needing a sponsor here!

What we determined from this research is that seeing live theater produced positive effects that reading a play or watching a movie of the play does not produce.Jay Greene, professor of education reform, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Streetcar and Skylight Double Header

This Sunday, Third Rail is bringing you a roller coaster of romance and world class performances with a double header of A Streetcar Named Desire and Skylight. If you’ve never experienced a National Theater Live screening before, come find out what you’ve been missing!


A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (FINAL PERFORMANCE) at 2 o’clock

First, our final showing of the Young Vic’s record-setting production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Gillian Anderson takes the lead in a performance that has been described as “otherworldly”. Think you can tell the difference between her role as Blanche and her acclaimed turn on X-Files?


Skylight by David Hare (SNEAK PREVIEW) at 7 o’clock

In the evening, we are presenting a special preview showing of Skylight, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. David Hare speaks about the challenges and joys of bringing back a production 18 years after it’s original run. Be the first to see this production before its run on Broadway in the spring!

The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam

Last year Third Rail made a splash at the holidays with our record-setting production of NOISES OFF, which many consider the funniest play written in the past 25 years. This year we’re at it again with perhaps the funniest American play of the past 25 years: Charles Ludlam’s quick change romp, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious send up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 50’s horror movies, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchcock’s Rebecca. With elaborate quick changes performed in mere seconds, wildly absurd characters, and an absolute distaste for anything serious, IRMA VEP should be the perfect gut-busting escape from all that holiday noise!

Staring Isaac Lamb and Leif Norby.

7 Reasons to See Middletown This Weekend

  1. The local critics loves the show:
    Real People People Inhabit “Middletown” at Third Rail Rep
    On the mysteries of the universe.
    Meandering through ‘Middletown’ and life
  2. It’s funny as hell and you will laugh your ass off.
  3. It’s better than getting a catalog.

    Yeah. You get the mail, it’s a clothes catalog. Maybe you leaf through it, maybe think, ‘Hey, I could buy those pants.’ Then you think, ‘But then it’d just be me in a different pair of pants.’ Then you go out and walk around, and that’s your day, time for bed.Will Eno, Middletown

  4. It’s sad and tender and you will be moved.
  5. It stars core company members of Third Rail Rep, so you know it’s gotta be good.
  6. It’s all about humanity and being human, so you can relate. (You are human, right?)
  7. It’s the last weekend of the run, and you’ll be so sad if you miss this show.

Don’t Miss Middletown by Will Eno

CLOSES OCTOBER 19th!

Performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, this weekend and next!

Go see it and experience it for yourself. You will smile, laugh, and talk back to the play… read morePatrick Brassell

A curious meditation on the shadow dance between the profound and the mundane… read moreMarty Hughley, Arts Watch

This whacky, thoughtful ode to the mystery of existence…is a show not to miss… read moreHolly Johnson, The Oregonian