Or, Cast and Creative Team

So, you’re excited about our fall production of Or, by Liz Duffy Adams. But, we hear you ask, who will be acting in the show? And who – who?!? – will complete our creative team? Well…why didn’t you say so?

Playing Aphra Behn, the poet, actress, spy, and one of the first professional female playwrights of the Restoration will be Maureen Porter! This past year alone, Maureen graced our stages in Static and Middletown. Complicating Aphra’s (Maureen’s) night will be an array of lovers and rivals vying for her time and affections including Nell, a blossoming ingénue, and King Charles himself. Nell will be played by Amy Newman! Amy is a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre and has previously joined Third Rail for Middletown, Noises Off, and her Drammy award-winning performance in Gidion’s Knot. The king himself will be Third Rail company member Damon Kupper! Damon was most recently on stage with us in The Night Alive (Drammy nomination for Best Actor) and Middletown.

Or, has an exceptional design team, as well. Our Set Designer and Production Manager is the extraordinary Kristeen Willis Crosser – company member, multiple Drammy award winner, and recent birthday celebrator! Costume Design is by Jessica Bobillot, who has done wonderful work all over town, including Profile, Artists Rep, Shaking the Tree,and Portland Actors Conservatory (where she is a Resident Designer). Our Lighting Designer is Owen Walz, a multi-talented artist who works not only in lighting, but scenic design, web design, graphics, illustrations, and more; and Sound Design is by our very own sound guru Mark Valadez, who was heard this past season as the designer for The Mystery of Irma Vep and Belleville.

And finally, this whole team will be led into glorious battle by director Philip Cuomo! For years, Philip has been an invaluable Third Rail company member as actor, administrator and director. Last season, he helmed The Mystery of Irma Vep and Belleville and next spring he will be directing The New Electric Ballroom. Philip will be aided by Assistant Directors Brian Guerrero and company member Karen Trumbo!

We can’t wait to see what this incredible team creates!

Third Rail Moves to Imago Theatre

As some of you know, Third Rail is moving to Imago, and let me just say: I am PREPARED. Must be something in the water: in the last month, I’ve moved myself into a new apartment, I helped my best friend up move to Seattle, and, former mentee and fellow company member Kaye Blankenship is moving out to New York City. Kaye will be driving herself, her dog, and all her worldly treasures due east at the exact time that we will be packing up our office. Needless to say, we’ve got plenty of boxes, and my biceps are growing at an alarming rate.

In the past three years our office and rehearsal space has been in one location, we’ve performed at the Winningstad and at CoHo, and we’ve presented National Theatre Live at the World Trade Center. All of these places have served us well in different ways – our office space was expansive, the Winnie allowed us to do bigger productions than ever before (did you see Noises Off??), the CoHo provided a venue in which to get intimate, and the WTC has been a venue, right in the heart of Portland, where we all can gather to watch world-class theatre together.

Unfortunately, that sprawl has its downsides, too. For a small, artist-driven organization such as ourselves, these multiple venues with disparate systems for rental agreements, financial reconciliations, and logistics, spread our resources thin. We are so thrilled to be moving all our operations to one location – Imago Theater. It’s almost hard to conceive of how nice it will be to rehearse in the same building that we perform in!

Within the next three years, our goal is to have a home of our very own. When we as a company talk about what it would mean to own our own space, the room fills up with possibilities – Isaac wants to have a little oaky gastropub as part of our building, we’ve talked about having the ability to host other companies – we want to create not just a theatre, but a cultural epicenter, a dynamic artistic home. Good venues are scarce in this city, currently, and it would be a dream come true to build a new one, and create a home not just for ourselves but for other artists who inspire us. What if we were home to a dance company? What if we had an art gallery?

In the meantime, the folks at Imago have generously offered Third Rail an interim residency that allows us to pull all our operations under one roof, leaving time to plan wisely for the future. I’m so excited about what will come out of the collaboration between these two longstanding organizations working in partnership.

So this week, I’m rolling my sleeves up. I’m getting ready to sweat. I’m preparing to sip a mojito while watching Scott Yarbrough build some walls. Third Rail isn’t just a company that puts on plays– we’re a group of individuals who can make anything happen when we put our minds to it. We’re all in, and we’re all hands on deck.

– Jory Bowers, Third Rail Company Member

Everyman Sunday at 2pm

Don’t miss Everyman this Sunday at 2pm!

“Director Rufus Norris gets off to a striking start at the National with Carol Ann Duffy’s stunning update of the medieval morality play. Chiwetel Ejiofor is remarkable.” – Guardian

This really is a show for every man – every person. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) stars.

When death comes, who will stand at your side?

About Everyman

When Death comes, who will stand by your side?

BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) stars as the title role in this dynamic new production of Everyman, one of English drama’s oldest plays. Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defense. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

“Thought provoking. Strikingly imaginative. Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a performances of no-holds barred energy and emotional openness.” Independent

Everyman has been a cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century. Originally written in Middle English by an unknown author, the show has been newly adapted by British Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and incorporates tremendous, startling visual effects. Ejiofor has said that this production “should have an event quality. The audience should have an experience that is quite visceral and engaging… I think they also will come away with thoughts and questions about life and about death and the thoughts that we have about those things.” There is nothing about this that you are not going to want to see.

“I wanted it to be a piece of theater that nobody – but nobody – felt excluded from.” – Director and National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris