Introducing the Cast of JOHN: Company Member Jenn Lin as Jenny

Third Rail Company Member Jenn Lin will play Jenny in Annie Baker’s Johnopening November 30th, 2018.

Jennifer Lin has been working in Portland theaters since 2008. Her lighting design work has been featured at Third Rail, Artists Repertory Theatre, Opera Theatre Oregon, Profile Theatre and others. She attended Portland State University and in 2007 received The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Achievement Award for her lighting design for PSU’s production of Electra.  She is a company member of Third Rail and a member of IATSE Local 28.  She is incredibly fortunate to be making her Portland stage debut with this play, this cast, and this production team. This will be Jennifer’s acting debut with Third Rail, and we could not be more excited to share this aspect of her extraordinary artistry with audiences!

 

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Introducing the Cast of JOHN: Diane Kondrat as Genevieve

We are pleased to welcome Diane Kondrat back to the Third Rail stage as the mysterious Genevieve in Annie Baker’s  Johnopening November 30th, 2018. Diane was most recently seen at Third Rail’s production of The New Electric Ballroom.

Since moving to Portland in 2013, Kondrat has appeared with Third Rail, Profile Theatre, Shaking the Tree, Oregon Children’s Theatre and the sketch comedy monster Spectravagasm.  Her history includes 18 years as the head of an interactive theatre company that brought productions to prisons and universities, and 20 years as the creative impulse behind Oasis Productions, a stage company featuring small cast shows with great roles for women.  Recently she appeared in Coho’s Radiant Vermin and was in the fight cage of Girl in the Red Corner at defunkt theatre.  In spring 2018 she was honored to play Tracey in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winner Sweat at the Phoenix Theatre, and this fall she co-directed the inmates at Two Rivers in their production of Macbeth. Please consider a visit to www.dianekondrat.com.

 

Q & A with Diane Kondrat 

TR: What is the strangest or most unique place you’ve ever stayed while traveling? 

NF: Actors sometimes stay in strange places while working. Once I was in a dark house with lots and lots and lots of porcelain dolls and antique laces framed in velvets. Also, it smelled so much like Febreeze. I hate Febreeze. There were, however, goats across the street, and that helped make up for the weirdness.

 

TR: What was one of your favorite childhood toys or tchochkes? 
NF: My favorite things as a child were my ceramic animals. Dogs, horses, a few cats, the errant turtle. I made families, towns, tunnels out of up-ended books. So many hours with my fragile friends — I was always happy to be left alone with them. I still have a few.

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Introducing the Cast of JOHN: Nick Ferrucci as Elias

We are pleased to welcome back Nick Ferrucci to the Third Rail stage as Elias in Annie Baker’s  Johnopening November 30th, 2018.

Nick was last seen in Third Rail’s production of The Angry Brigade. Other recent credits include Luna Gale at CoHo Productions, Astoria: Parts 1 and 2, JAW Fest at The Armory, and Peter and the Starcatcher at Portland Playhouse. 

Other credits include work with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Maples Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Commonweal Theatre Company, Heritage Theatre Festival and Bright Star Touring Theatre.

Nick holds an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, and a BFA in Theatre from Southern Oregon University. He has studied with the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and The Second City in Chicago.

 

Q & A with Nick Ferrucci 

 

TR: What excites you about John
NF: I’ve always wanted to work on an Annie Baker play and I am truly honored and thrilled to be doing it with this particular group of artists.

 

TR: What is the strangest or most unique place you’ve ever stayed while traveling? 

NF:The strangest place I’ve ever stayed while traveling has to be on the floor of an apartment of a guy named Sloth in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It’s a long story.

 

TR: What was one of your favorite childhood toys or tchochkes? 
NF: I loved the movie Top Gun growing up and I had a toy F-14 Fighter Jet I remember always playing with.

 

TR: How does working on an Annie Baker play differ from approaching the work of other playwrights? 
NF: This is my first time working on an Annie Baker play, so I don’t think I’ll be able to tell you until after the work is over. However, recently I’ve been thinking how the word “acting” is such an unfortunate and misleading word for what we do, and that possibly Annie Baker is asking us to just live, be interested in each other, and curious about what we don’t know.

 

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Introducing the Cast of JOHN: Karen Trumbo as Mertis Katherine

 

Third Rail Company Member Karen Trumbo will play Mertis Katherine Graven in Annie Baker’s  Johnopening November 30th, 2018.

Karen was last seen in Third Rail’s production of Annapurna in the role of Emma. Other recent roles include Third Rail’s Noises Off as Dotty and as a member of the Ensemble in Middletown.

Local credits include Fifth of July  and  Season’s Greetings at PCS/OSF, Frozen, Mercy Seat , Inspecting Carol, and  Misanthrope at Artist’s  Repertory Theatre, Three Tall Women, It’s Only A Play, and  A  Walk in the Woods at Profile Theatre and in Boston Marriage  and the How and the Why at Coho Theatre. She also worked for several seasons with Portland Repertory Theatre in productions of  Arcadia, Lost  in Yonkers, Six Degrees of Separation, Little Shop of Horrors and All in the Timing ( Drammy Award for Best Ensemble).

Karen has worked in film, television and radio throughout the Northwest including several productions in Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles. Her credits include, among others, Claire of the Moon, Final Justice, Hear no Evil, HBO’s Last Innocent Man, Chrome Soldiers, Under Suspicion, Fifteen and Pregnant and Mystery Dance.

Karen has a BA in Theatre/English from UCLA.

This season marks the beginning of her fifth year as a Core Company Member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre.

 

Q & A with Karen Trumbo 

 

TR: What excites you about John
KT: What excites me about working on John is how the characters and story are revealed in such a slow, almost luxurious way. The realistic dialogue can be challenging and yet really delightful. I’m also thrilled to be working with Rebecca, Jenn, Nick and Diane. Who could ask for anything more!

 

TR: What is the strangest or most unique place you’ve ever stayed while traveling? 

KT: There was a hotel in San Fransisco that had this very long room at the end of the hall. It was a really nice older hotel that had been remodeled, but this particular room had a really strange vibe. I woke up in the middle of the night and had the very distinct feeling that some man had met his demise in that room. …I changed rooms the next night…

 

TR: What was one of your favorite childhood toys or tchochkes? 
KT: When I was about 5 or 6 I had a white stuffed kitty with extremely soft fur. (I shudder now to imagine what it was really made of…) I loved on that kitty until it was bald. My mom bought me a new one, but it was never the same.

 

TR: How does working on an Annie Baker play differ from approaching the work of other playwrights? 
KT: She creates complex characters and yet allows the actor to imagine the internal life and soul of the person. As actors, she asks us to make the choices that support the story and relationships within the play.

 

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