At Third Rail, we know that your week wouldn’t be complete without knowing what’s happening in our neck of the woods. So, it is time once again for This Week at Third Rail!
This week at Third Rail, we have our first read of Or,! There is nothing quite like the excitement of the first time the entire cast and creative team of a show gather in one room and start to become a collective.
What exactly will happen at the Or, first read? There is one way that you can find out. Become a Member! This is one of the events available to Members only. Members are invited to join us all season for each of our first reads. Hear the actors dive into this beautiful language and enjoy the designers’ presentations of their concepts for the world of the play. This is a great way to get a behind the scenes peek into Third Rail’s distinctive process and deepen your conversation with the play far beyond seeing the final production. Call our box office at 503-235-1101 or visit thirdrailrep.org/membership for more details on the benefits of Membership!
This week, we’re also finalizing details for our first Wild Card presentation. We are so happy to be presenting The Bylines! They are a beautiful band creating a personal, intimate, theatrical show for our audience. The band will include Reece and Marianna, drums, bass, and a four-piece horn section. In addition, the show will feature guest dancers and actors – including members of Third Rail’s Core Company, Darius Pierce, Amy Beth Frankel, and Isaac Lamb. More about this next week as the performances will be fast approaching! Single tickets are available by following the link above, and we should mention that Members get into all the Wild Cards for free!
See you at the theatre!
Each year Third Rail selects a group of emerging theatre professionals to join our Mentorship Company for a year long residency. It’s been tough to say goodbye to the brilliant group from last year. In fact, we’ve even kept one of them – Nate Cohen – to be Chief Resident who will serve as a liaison between Company Members and our “Mentees“.
Now we are delighted to introduce you to our 2015-2016 Mentorship Company. Each one of them successfully made it though the audition process and demonstrated a passion for theatre and a strong interest in exploring what it means to be part of a company of theatre professionals. They have a rewarding and challenging year ahead which will include various workshops, training, collaboration, engagement with the rehearsal process, work on the administrative side of the organization, the running of our National Theatre Live presentations, and creation of their own performances and final showcase. They’ll create an ensemble based on Third Rail’s model of an artist-driven ensemble who are leaders among equals. We invite you to join us in welcoming them and following their progress over the next 12 months. So, with no further ado, here are the first 5 (out of a total of 10) of our newest Third Rail family.
One of the founding members of overunder arts (recent participants in the 2015 Fertile Ground Festival, with their piece “down”), Alan is interested in the intersection of new media, live performance, and narrative structure. He says, “Politically and socially engaged theatre is central to my identity as an artist, and being able to grapple with those issues with artists and audiences alike is, of course, its own reward, but being able to do this work for a living? That’s the dream.”
Making his way through the Canadian Fringe circuit (in the esteemed company of Mentorship alum Jenessa Raabe) with his show Perpetual Wednesday, Anthony is an MFA graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater. He currently works as a teaching and performance artist at Echo Theater. In his future he hopes to “create a new piece of work to show every month in a cabaret style setting,” as “a founding member of an ensemble of Portland-based theater makers that specializes in new and devised work.”
A recent grad of company member Rebecca Lingafelter’s very own Lewis and Clark College, Chelsea plans to pursue an MFA in directing. She wants “to find ways to give a voice to communities that typically are silenced and to portray [theater] from their lens.“ She aims “to discover how theater can be used to bridge social gaps and expose systems of injustice through activating all of the senses and making it feel alive.”
Kensie is a graduate of Linfield College, most recently acting as a dramaturgical intern for Portland Shakespeare Project’s production of The Tempest. Although she’s experienced in many aspects of theater, costume design is her passion. She’s been accepted to Boston University’s MFA program, but has deferred for a year in order to gain more professional experience – starting with us!
Most recently having appeared in Cymbeline (alongside Mentorship alum Jahnavi Alyssa), Madeline is an experienced actress, as well as having dabbled in stage management and directing. In her time at Third Rail, she hopes to work on becoming “a confident, competent, compassionate artist, sharing transformative, moving work in a place that [she] love[s].”
Want to know more about The Bylines, our co-producers for our first Wildcard event? Read on!
Portland’s The Bylines exist in a unique musical plane, at once inspired by the big-band past of glamorous pop performances and rooted in the present realm of intricate and highly addictive songwriting. With a focus on grand live spectacle–a facet of music often lost in the digital age–the group is equally at home in velvet-curtained jazz halls, large rooms and intimate venues.
Their sound is the product of a marriage both sonic and literal. The Bylines is made up of two married songwriters whose styles and influences converge to bring catchy, addictive sounds to vibrant life. Frontwoman Marianna Thielen, the glamorous face of the group, brings to the fore a background in composition, classical vocal work and, most obviously, musical theater, illuminating the stage with endlessly watchable bravado backed up by her powerful — yet playful — vocal prowess. Meanwhile, gliding his fingers across the keys is Reece Marshburn, letting loose a symphony of intricate melodies rooted in a combination of classical, jazz and pop music.
The resulting combination is a unique pop confection drawing on decades of influences. As if Cole Porter, Carole King, Dusty Springfield, Freddie Mercury, Paul Simon, Rufus Wainwright and Regina Spektor filtered their unique compositions through classical maestros and film composers, then sprinkled it with a keen pop sensibility and a commitment to putting on the most involving, charismatic and personalized live shows this side of the Copacabana.
Whether performing as a Thielen/Marshburn duo or with a larger band, the result is a blend of butter-smooth melodies, densely layered songwriting and powerful vocals. Most importantly, though, The Bylines musical cocktail goes down easy, and emphasizes something that is so often forgotten when such prolific songwriters present their craft: listening to music is, above all, supposed to be an experience… and a fun one.
Another week, another full slate at Third Rail, another new episode of “Chopped”, and another blog post keeping you updated and informed!
First, we continue to sell memberships and increase the number of people who can say “I am a Third Rail member!”
Then, after a few giant weeks for us, we have a rare moment when we can catch half a breath. But only half. This week, we have the first design meeting for our October/November show, which will follow Or,. We are excited and eager to share with you The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno. You may remember Eno’s brilliant writing from Middletown this past Fall. Eno has been an Oppenheimer Award winner, a Drama Desk Award winner, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He was quite open and communicative and present with Third Rail during the Middletown process, so are particularly delighted to be tackling another fantastic play of his.
The Realistic Joneses is Eno’s first Broadway play. It had a successful ran in 2014 starring Michael C.Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts (so just imagine how extraordinary this will be when some talented actors get their hands on it!). It is an unconventional, unexpected, original and outrageous look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know, and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. Here are three quotes about Eno’s script that we hope will begin to get you looking forward to this show as much as we are.
Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as ‘The Realistic Joneses,’ by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really.The New York Times
For all the sadness woven into its fabric, ‘The Realistic Joneses’ brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I’ve seen this season. The New York Times
Eno’s dialogue is a marvel… there’s much to savor… Life in Enoland isn’t what you’d call realistic – it’s more real than that. Time Out New York
But! First, we have the hilarious and beautiful and liberating Or,! This week will be the final Set and Costume Design meeting before first read! First read will happen next week and there is nothing more invigorating than diving into a new show… but that is out of my prevue. Next week!
– Darius Pierce, Third Rail Company Member
Here’s what’s going on at Third Rail in August! For reservations, tickets or more information contact the box office at 503-235-1101 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All events are available to Members for FREE! Not a Member yet? Click Here!
Or, – First Read and Design Presentation (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)
Members are invited to join us for our first read of the opening show on our main stage. Hear the actors dive into this playful language for the first time and enjoy the designers’ presentations of their concepts for the world of the play. This is a great way to get a behind the scenes peek into this early stage of Third Rail’s distinctive process.
Third Rail presents the The Bylines in concert. The sweethearts of the local music scene, The Bylines exist in a unique musical space, at once grounded in the big-band past of glamorous pop performances and rooted in a present realm of intricate and highly addictive songwriting. Featuring guest artists from Third Rail and beyond, you won’t want to miss this musical feast!
Join us for a reading of a play that is under consideration by the Company, along with nibbles and morning-appropriate cocktails. Who needs brunch when you have good theatre and Bloody Marys? Don’t miss out on these member only events – join now!
We’re bringing back all your 2014-15 favorites for a weekend of non-stop NT Live Fun. Titles include Tony-nominated Skylight with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, Broadway-bound A View from the Bridge, and a return of the sold out Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes. Don’t miss this fantastic line up!
And lastly, Third Rail Company Members Darius Pierce and Kerry Ryan will be producing this year’s Anonymous Theatre on August 10 at the Gerding Theatre (7pm). Tickets are just $25, and 50% of all net proceeds go to PATA’s Valentine Fund. For information and tickets, head on over to Anonymous Theatre dot org.