Musicians from Live Wire, 3 Leg Torso and Groovy Wallpaper Featured at Third Rail Fundraiser


Third Rail’s Spring Fundraiser (May 16th at Lagunitas Community Room) will feature some of Portland’s top musical performers, including Ralph Huntley (Live Wire, DoJump Theater, Klezmocracy, Fernando, Richmond Fontaine), Don Henson (Groovy Wallpaper, Sneakin’ Out, Will West & The Friendly Strangers) and Courtney Von Drehle (3 Leg Torso).

The trio was last seen performing together as the onstage band for Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya. 

Tickets for the Fundraiser are available here.

Win A Date with Isaac Lamb & Chris Sullivan (NBC’s This Is Us)


Great news for fans of NBC’s hit drama This Is Us: at Third Rail’s Spring Fundraiser, you’ll have a chance to win a date with Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby on the show! Chris is also known for his performances as Taserface in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and as Tom Cleary on The Knick.

 

An outing with Chris and Company Member Isaac Lamb will be one of the many wonderful auction items up for bid at Third Rail’s Spring Fundraiser, which will take place on May 16th at Lagunitas Community Room, from 6-9pm. The fundraiser will also feature live music from members of Klezmocracy, Live Wire, Groovy Wallpaper and 3 Leg Torso, as well as delicious food and drink from Lardo, Por Qué No, f + b catering, Lagunitas and other local favorites.

Want to win an evening on the town with Chris and Isaac? Us too! Snag your tickets today!

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Loose In London 2018


The Loose In London Tour is a beloved Third Rail tradition. Many participants return year after year to enjoy culture, conversation and community in this remarkable, historic city. Check out what this year’s Loose-In-Londoners have to say about the experience:

 

THE COMMUNITY

 

“I love seeing theatre with other people who love it as much as I do, for whom playgoing is truly a passion. I certainly have made some new friends in the three years I have been coming to London with Third Rail.”

“Rather than leaving the theater to muse about it at home, we both loved the chance to discuss with people (with nibbles and wine) about the themes and characters with 18 like-minded people at our fabulous hotel.”

“I learn more about theater by hearing my fellow travelers talk about what they think of what we’ve seen. And from listening to Scott and Maureen, of course. The more I see, the more I want to see!”

“Over the last 5 [Loose In London] trips, I have gotten to know some exceptional, smart and wonderful people.  We see each other afterwards at other events around town. We are all members of the same special community.”

 

THE PLAYS

“London theatre is exciting. Audiences are younger than in Portland and London offerings are more diverse. Scott sends out advance notes on the histories of the various theatres we visit, the plays we will see, and the careers of the directors who bring the work to life. In this way Loose in London is so much more than seeing plays: it’s a weeklong course on London theatre heritage.”

“The exceptional thing about this theater trip is the amount of free time to explore other things while simultaneously having great theater curated for us.  The theater highpoint for me was seeing the just-then Olivier-anointed play, The Ferryman. Getting to share a dinner table with the director of the latest David Hare play was also memorable.”

“Watching THE FERRYMAN just 24 hours after it was awarded the Olivier for best new play of the year [was a favorite moment]. This is a shiveringly good play!”

 

THE MEMORIES

“…the camaraderie of the shared experience of seeing the same plays, even if we don’t agree—and we never all agree on anything. But that’s what makes art wonderful—it’s an individual experience that you can have with others, but it always belongs to you. e.e cummings says, “It’s always ourselves that we find in the sea,” but it’s true about theatre as well.”

“The people who choose to go on this tour are always special, the experienced curation of the play choices is special, the leadership is special, the generous allotment of free time is special, the hotel location is special, London theater itself is special, London museums are special, the wide range of non-theatre activities is special—all combine to make a very, very special trip.”

 

Rolland Walsh Joins the Ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

 

Third Rail Company Member Rolland Walsh is back onstage in the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.  Rolland was most recently seen on the Third Rail stage in Mr. KolpertStaticThe Night AliveThe Beauty Queen of LeenaneNoises OffA Noble Failure. Other Portland credits include acting work with CoHo Productions, Portland Center Stage, Artist’s Repertory Theater, Portland Playhouse and others.  Rolland has also produced several plays, including The Year of the RoosterWeekend at Bernie’s: Live on StageThom Pain (based on nothing) and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Rolland received his MFA in Acting from The American Repertory Theater / Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

 

 

Q & A with Rolland Walsh 

TR: What excites you about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.?

RW: I am privileged to work with such talented people on a piece that is at once timely, vital, hilarious, unforgiving and bold. What grace has befallen me to tell this story with these women?

TR: Do you have a story of a small (or large) act of revolt that you have participated in?
RW: My revolts come in the divulging of power and privilege.

TR: When have you felt part of a revolution? 
RW: We are living the revolution now. Doing this show – being in the room – having the conversation – the revolution is a state of mind that we either accept or reject.

Electrified: Third Rail Spring Fundraiser

Wednesday May 16, 6-9pm, at Lagunitas Community Room

 

Reserve Your Ticket Today

Now in its 13th year, Third Rail Repertory Theatre is a vital contributor to the Portland live theater scene with its focus on delivering intimate, thought-provoking theater. Every production recommits TRRT to its mission statement: “Through collaboration and discipline, TRRT brings to life exceptional stories that provoke dialogue, encourage empathy, and inspire curiosity.”

It’s no secret that there are challenges for non-profit arts organizations in Portland these days. This first-ever fundraiser will provide a lively and entertaining opportunity for audience members, patrons and supporters of local live theater to mix with actors and staff and to raise some much-needed funds.

As The Oregonian put it, “Serving up tricky material with such an abundance of craft and care — including a veritable buffet of vivid, nuanced acting — [Third Rail Repertory Theatre has] reinforced their position as the city’s most consistently excellent theater company.”

Your purchase of a $50 ticket helps ensure that TRRT will continue to survive and thrive! The price of entry also buys you a beer/wine token, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an enchanting evening hosted by our very own Isaac Lamb, featuring:

  • Entertainment from Third Rail company members that you know and love!
  • Music by acclaimed musicians Ralph Huntley (Live Wire, DoJump Theater, Klezmocracy, Fernando, Richmond Fontaine), Don Henson (Groovy Wallpaper, Sneakin’ Out, Will West & The Friendly Strangers) and Courtney Von Drehle (3 Leg Torso). Read more about them here!
  • Food by local favorites, including Lardo, Por Qué No, New Seasons, and f+b café and catering
  • Beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company and wine from Oregon’s own Et Fille Wines
  • Amazing items available for auction, including a very special, curated Date Night with Company Member Isaac Lamb and his special guest Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby on NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us.” Read all about it here!

(Additional beer/wine tokens can be purchased for $7 each.)

We hope to see you on May 16th for this fun-filled, electrifying event!

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Introducing the Cast of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Take everything you know about the modern woman and write it down. Next tear the paper up and throw it away. Now set the trash can on fire and douse it with kerosene. You’d better buckle up because tradition and language, relationships and rules are set ablaze in Alice Birch’s firebomb of a play. A comedy, a manifesto, an out of control pep rally, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. blasts through the status quo and rockets to the edge of possibility.

Third Rail is excited to feature five extraordinary actors in this powerful play. Read on to meet the marvelous cast of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., opening May 25th!

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Meet the Cast!


Alex Ramirez de Cruz, Ensemble:
“I think one of the integral acts of revolt in my life was shaving my head in college. It was a small gesture, but the first in a long series of reclaiming my body and learning how to advocate for myself as a woman, a lesbian, and a mixed person of color…. There have been few moments in my life where I have felt so free.”

Andrea Vernae, Ensemble:
“What excites me most about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is that I get to REVOLT! While also being big, bold, colorful, loud, brave, fearless and unapologetically myself. And that I get to collaborate with a group of storytellers that are ready to do the same.”

Maureen Porter, Ensemble:
“It is like nothing else–it’s one of those plays that you won’t see anyplace else. It does this incredible, exciting, completely provocative, funny, dark, poignant thing, and the way in which Alice Birch uses form, and deconstructs form and language, and challenges language around gender… I’m incredibly excited.”

Sarah Smith, Ensemble:
“What excites me about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is the opportunity to set the rules on fire. I hope to entice those who have “started to stop talking” to rejoin the conversation. And I’m delighted to challenge limits and boundaries.”

Rolland Walsh, Ensemble 

“We are living the revolution now. Doing this show – being in the room – having the conversation – the revolution is a state of mind that we either accept or reject.”

Sarah Smith Makes Her Third Rail Debut

 

We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Smith to the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. opening May 25th, 2018.

Sarah’s favorite previous collaborations include work with CoHo Productions (Portland), Portland Playhouse, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, and Swine Palace (Baton Rouge). Favorite roles played include Eliza (The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence) Rita (Educating Rita), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Nora (A Doll’s House). In addition to her work in theatre, Sarah’s most recent TV credits include Into the Badlands (AMC), American Horror Story (FOX) and Treme (HBO).

 

Q & A with Sarah Smith

 

TR: What excites you about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

 

SS: What excites me about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is the opportunity to set the rules on fire. I hope to entice those who have “started to stop talking” to rejoin the conversation. And I’m delighted to challenge limits and boundaries.

 
 

TR: Do you have a story of a small (or large) act of revolt you’ve participated in? 

 
SS: Holding onto optimism, hope, and kindness in times of desperate sadness.
 
 
TR: What are some titles, identities or names that you claim with pride?
 
SS: Titles I wear with pride: woman, partner, sister, daughter, thespian, vegan.

 

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Maureen Porter Joins the Ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

 

Maureen Porter, Third Rail’s Artistic/Managing Director, is back onstage in the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.  Maureen is a Core Company Member who was most recently seen as Claire in The Events. Other roles include Aphra Behn in Or, Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Belinda in Noises Off,  Marian in Sweet & Sad and That Hopey Changey Thing, Lisa in The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Pam in The Gray Sisters, Eleanor in Dead Funny, and Mom in Number Three. Other local credits include Erica in Bright Half Life with Profile Theatre; Dark Ahab in Or, The Whale with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew at Portland Shakespeare Project, Elise in Crooked at CoHo Theatre, Estelle in No Exit and Emma in Betrayal at Imago Theatre. New York credits include Isabella the Pirate Queen in Wet at the SPF New Works Festival, Lady Sneerwell in School for Scandal, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Laura Lucretia in the The Feign’d Courtesans with The Queen’s Company, and Celia in As You Like It with the National Shakespeare Company.

 

Q & A with Maureen Porter

TR: What excites you about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.?

 

AV: Oh my god, what doesn’t excite me? It is like nothing else–it’s one of those plays that you won’t see anyplace else. It does this incredible, exciting, completely provocative, funny, dark, poignant thing, and the way in which Alice Birch uses form, and deconstructs form and language, and challenges language around gender… I’m incredibly excited that Rebecca Lingafelter is directing it. I am incredibly excited that Jenny Ampersand is scenic design and costume design. Mark Valadez and Jen Lin round out the design team with Rosie Lambert doing props–there could not be a better team! And the audience is going to be blown away by the way in which the design operates. They are going to  be in the space in a way that they have never before. The cast is incredible. It’s going to be great to work with that group of people. And I love that the fundamental thing is what Alice Birch says in the notes: “Most of all this play should not be well behaved.”

 

TR: What are some titles, identities or names that you claim with pride?

AV: Woman. Sister. Daughter. Tom-Boy. Bi-sexual. Leader. Collaborator. Maker. Actor. Co-creator. Confidant. Friend. Strong. Wise-woman. Humble. Warrior.

 

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Andrea Vernae Makes Her Third Rail Debut

 

 

We are thrilled to welcome Andrea Vernae to the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. opening May 25th, 2018.

Andrea is excited to be part of the revolution that is taking place at Third Rail. She was last seen revolting in An Octoroon at Artists Repertory Theatre and leading the revolution in Portland Playhouse’s Pen/Man/Ship. And the revolution won’t be televised, but will soon be recognized, with her work as Managing Director at Confrontation Theatre.

 

Q & A with Andrea Vernae

 

TR: Do you have a story of a small (or large) act of revolt you’ve participated in? 

 

AV: Everyday I find ways to revolt or combat something. Whether it be defending myself or someone else or standing up firmly for something I believe in. I fight to revolt everyday against my mind constantly telling me I’m not good enough and each day I fight back and say “no you’re wrong “ makes me a revolutionary.

 

TR: What excites you about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.?

 

AV: What excites me most about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is that I get to REVOLT! While also being big, bold, colorful, loud ,brave, fearless and unapologetically myself. And that I get to collaborate with a group of storytellers that are ready to do the same.

 

TR: What are some titles, identities or names that you claim with pride?

AV: The titles I’m most proud of are Black Woman, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Storyteller, Mover, Thinker, Game changer, Creative, Poet, Boss and most importantly my name! Andrea Vernae Whittle is my full name and I am extremely proud of it. It not only represents me but it also represents my family. I am named after my father Andre and my middle name is my mother Stephanie’s middle name and the two of them combined created the woman I am today. So that is why I will continue to always be unapologetic in being extremely particular about my name and how it is pronounced.

 

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Alex Ramirez de Cruz Makes Her Third Rail Debut

 

 

We are thrilled to welcome Alex Ramirez de Cruz to the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. opening May 25th, 2018.

Alex is originally from Ventura, California but has settled in Portland as an area actor, deviser and theatre-maker. Favorite credits include: An Octoroon (Artists Repertory Theatre), 26 Miles (Profile Theatre), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage), db (COHO Theatre)Passion Play (Shaking The Tree & Profile Theatre), Dance For a Dollar, (Miracle Theatre), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Portland Playhouse)She is dedicated to creating original devised theatre and is a proud member of String House, an independent producing title and new works laboratory, nominated for two Drammy Awards for “Best Devised Production.” When not onstage Alex is inspired by the impact theatre has on Portland’s youth and is proud to work as a performer with Portland Center Stage’s touring education program, All is Fair in Love and Shakespeare. She would like to thank her incredible wife for all her love and support! Now, LET’S REVOLT!

 

Q & A with Alex Ramirez de Cruz 

 

TR: Do you have a story of a small (or large) act of revolt you’ve participated in? 

 

AR: I think one of the integral acts of revolt in my life was shaving my head in college. It was a small gesture, but the first in a long series of reclaiming my body and learning how to advocate for myself as a woman, a lesbian, and a mixed person of color. Shaving my head allowed me to escape theatrical “types”, beauty standards, and cultural expectations that were placed on me and I was able to wipe the slate clean. There have been few moments in my life where I have felt so free. In learning how to fight for myself, I began to find my power, and that has made me better able to advocate for others.

 

TR: When have you felt part of a revolution?

 

AR: NOW! I have never been [more] politically engaged than these past few years. I am enraged, afraid, unapologetic, hopeful, fragile and I am using all that to fight for change. The time is ripe to Resist. Revolt. And Revolutionize. Minority voices that have long been silenced are rising up to demand change and I am among them and with them. I am continually working to acknowledge my privilege so I can clearly see the change that needs to happen within me and around me, raise others’ voices, and listen deeply to others’ experiences that are different from my own. I firmly believe that it matters where we put our time, resources, bodies and voices in this moment. The revolution is amongst us, so rise up and REVOLT!

 

TR: What are some titles, identities or names that you claim with pride?

AR: Lesbian, gay, latinx, mexican-american, woman, actor, artist, introvert, BADASS.

 

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