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Stephanie Gaslin joins the cast of Men On Boats as Sumner

Company Member Stephanie Gaslin will play Sumner in Men On Boats, opening March 2nd, 2018.

Stephanie is an actor, dialect/voice coach, and teaching artist. As an actor for Third Rail, Stephanie has performed in Recent Tragic Events, The Lonesome West, Grace, Dead Funny, Fabuloso, The Gray Sisters, The Wonderful World of Dissocia , Collapse and Mr. Kolpert. She has also been the dialect coach for The Lonesome West, Grace, Nobody’s Here But Us Chickens, A Lesson from Aloes, Dead Funny, Shining City, Skull in Connemara, Kiss Me Like You Mean it. Pain and the Itch, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Noises Off, Midsummer…A play with songs, Mystery of Irma Vep, Night Alive, Bellville, Static, Mr Kopert, and The Angry Brigade

Regionally she has been seen acting with The National Shakespeare Company, Theatre Ten Ten, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Monomoy Theatre, Artist’s Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, The Haven Project, Clackamas Repertory Theatre, and Triangle Theatre. She has been a dialect coach for Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory, Profile Theatre, Public Playhouse, Oregon Repertory Theatre, Sojourn Theatre, Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Coaster Theater, Light’s Up Productions, Oregon Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Portland Actor’s Conservatory, CoHo, George Fox University as well as many individual performing artists in the Portland region.

Stephanie has taught acting, playwriting, improvisation, voice and movement to children kindergarten thru high school and adults to senior citizen. She has had the opportunity to serve as a teaching artist for the National Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio University, Young Players, Artist’s Repertory Theatre, and The Haven Project.

Q & A With Stephanie Gaslin

TR: What excites you most about Men On Boats? 

SG: I am super excited to work in a room of all women.

TR: What are your favorite spots for adventuring in Oregon? 

SG: My favorite place in Oregon was on the Eagle Creek Trail, so not sure what that area looks like now. Harris Beach State Park is a beautiful place as well.

TR: What has been the greatest adventure of your life so far? 

SG: The greatest adventure of my life has been being a parent. I am constantly challenged and asked to be better everyday. I toured the US for 9 months when I was 29, which was filled with adventure after adventure and demanded me to be in the present moment.

 

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Stephanie Gaslin

Stephanie Gaslin is an actor, dialect/voice coach, teaching artist and a Founding Member of Third Rail. She has a BA in Theatre from Southern Oregon University and an MFA in Acting from Ohio University.

Theatre
Third Rail (Actor): Collapse, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, The Gray Sisters, Fabuloso, Dead Funny, Grace,The Lonesome West, and Recent Tragic Events

Third Rail (Dialect): The Pain and the Itch,The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Kiss Me Like You Mean It, The Lying Kind, Fabuloso, A Skull in Connemara, Dead Funny,Nobody Here but Us Chickens, Shining City, Grace, A Lesson from Aloes, The Lonesome West, and Recent Tragic Events

Regional (Actor): The National Shakespeare Company, Theatre Ten Ten, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Monomoy Theatre, Artist’s Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, The Haven Project, Clackamas Repertory Theatre, and Triangle Theatre

Regional (Dialect Coach): Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory, Profile Theatre, Public Playhouse, Oregon Repertory Theatre, Sojourn Theatre, Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Coaster Theater, Light’s Up Productions, Portland Actor’s Conservatory, and George Fox University

Stephanie has taught acting, playwriting, improvisation, voice and movement to children from kindergarten thru high school, adults and senior citizens. She has had the opportunity to serve as a teaching artist for the National Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio University, Young Players, Artist’s Repertory Theatre, and The Haven Project. Most recently volunteering to run Drama Club at Camp Quest for adolescents with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Introducing the Cast of Men On Boats

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Based (broadly) on the true adventures of the one-armed pioneering explorer John Wesley Powell and his intrepid crew, Men On Boats is a gleefully subversive play that capsizes the white male conquest narrative and discovers the beautifully fluid depth and courage of a wholly different landscape.

Third Rail is excited to feature ten extraordinary actors in this remarkable adventure story. Read on to meet the marvelous cast of Men On Boats, opening March 2nd!

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Meet the Cast!


Amy Driesler, Dunn:
“I’m excited to be a part of this adventure with nine female actors, a mostly female design team, a female director and female assistant director. The future is female!”

Gwendolyn Duffy, Bradley:
“It’s a hell of a ride, the odds are stacked against us and the stakes are very high. I think it’s going to be really empowering and hopeful to see a group of women coming together to survive.”

Stephanie Gaslin, Sumner:
” …we’re doing a play where I get to explore my feminine and my masculine self and do a male role…. it’s going to be interesting in that regard… it’s going to be fun!”

Jessica Hillenbrand, Hall:
“…as a woman and as an actor, so often being able to exhibit strength or claim space is something I am doing as a fight…and with this show, suddenly strength and capability and authority are just afforded me. I am a man on a boat. Okay. Now what?”

Jennifer Lanier, Powell:
“Men On Boats is a great opportunity to dive into lives of some of the explorers and exploiters of North America. As a Native American/African American woman, I am intrigued by the perspective of men who were so quick to discount the knowledge and experience of the native folks who lived in the areas they explored, who were so arrogant as to name places themselves. It will be interesting to explore those senses of entitlement as active choices in everyday life.”

Anya Pearson, Seneca:
“I am excited about Men On Boats because I am excited by women reclaiming the male narrative…. it is amazing. liberating, and thrilling to be a part of a story that is female-centric, female-driven, all female in cast and direction, and is intentionally subverting the patriarchy.”

Kerry Ryan, Goodman:
“I am very excited to collaborate with a room full of intelligent, committed, creative, and talented women.”

Josie Seid, OG:
“The audition process for this production was one of the most fun, challenging and empowering processes I have experienced to date…. Now I get to lean in even farther and tell this story from this feminist lens and it thrills me to contribute to something that has the power to alter the perceptions of how we view adventure.”

Shalanda Sims, Hawkins:
“I’m excited to be part of this all female cast… I’m happy that we get to be explorers and to work together with a talented group of women.”

Amber Whitehall, Old Shady:
“I’m really excited to be in the company of women. I’m excited because we’re working on it in this time when women are being heard every day telling stories of being exploited by people with power. And I hope that it will lead to this culture of dominance being interrupted so that all women will be listened to. And that we might all talk with each other as people, each of us valuable in our own unique ways.”

Getting to Know Mr. Kolpert

As we approach the opening of this production, let’s get to know a bit about the people bringing us this highly anticipated and highly twisted comedy. To start, here is Company Member Stephanie Gaslin who is playing Edith in Mr. Kolpert.

Song you rock out to for getting pumped up?
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

Song you put on when feeling a little blue?
The Beatles – Let It Be

Song guaranteed to get you on the dance floor?
Macklemore – Thrift Shop

Superpower you wish you had?
To stop time in order to get the mundane tasks done and then start it again so that I won’t miss any fun activities or events OR to be able to think myself anywhere in the world and be transported there instantly.

Talent that surprises folks?
I am a singer and unfortunately I tend to keep it to myself. Maybe I should share it sometime.

Funny Third Rail memory?
During dress rehearsal for The Lonesome West we had two pilates balls in the basement of The IFCC, (a blue one that about 9 months later I was sitting on when my water broke and an orange one that was donated to the company). I dared Tim True to hold the orange pilates ball in front of him and I would hold the blue pilates ball in front of me. We then would both run at each other as fast as we could. I made this dare not considering the size difference between us. As our pilates balls crashed into one another I was sent flying into the corner of a cement wall. I hurt my back and had the largest purple bruise for weeks.

Mr. Kolpert runs from February 5 – February 27

Mr. Kolpert Cast and Creative Team

You’ve waited long enough! Time to unveil the creative team that will bring you the unique world of Mr. Kolpert!

First, let’s meet the director. You know him, you love him, you’ve seen his masterful work – Mr. Kolpert is being helmed by our own Artistic Director Scott Yarbrough. He will be assisted by a member of this year’s Mentership company, Alan Cline. This is just one of the many ways that our Mentorship company members have an opportunity to both learn and actively contribute to Third Rail!

The Team:
Dialect Coach: Company Member Stephanie Gaslin, who has performed on stage and has coached our dialects countless times.

Lighting Designer:
Company Member Jennifer Lin, who is not only a lighting designer, but also quite recently – a new mother!

Production Manager:
Company Member Kristeen Willis Crosser, who excels at essentially all of the jobs that are needed to make a show happen.

Costume Designer:
Emily Horton, who we are happy to have designing for us again, after numerous shows, such as Static and Noises Off.

Dramaturgs:
Brian Myers and Ellen Walkley, who have each worked on shows over the past couple of seasons, but joyfully join forces to try to untangle the complex Mr. Kolpert.

Props Master:
Charlotte Wallis, who we thankfully met as part of the Stage Crew on The Realistic Joneses and now we’re never letting her go!

Scenic Designer: Larry Larsen, who has designed sets all over town, including Third Rail’s A Bright New Boise.

Stage Manager:
Kelly Cullom, who is a widely experienced Stage Manager and recently directed Theatre Vertigo’s The Drunken City.

The Cast:
Company Member Stephanie Gaslin (Edith), who you may remember as our Dialect Coach from earlier in this blog post. It has been a few years and we are thrilled to have her back on our stage.

Company Member Rolland Walsh (Ralf), who has performed with us many times, most recently in Static and The Night Alive.

Leif Norby
(Bastian), who we welcome back with open arms after his roles with us in The Mystery of Irma Vep and his Drammy-winning turn in Grace.

Kelly Godell
(Sarah), who is becoming a familiar face at Third Rail after her roles in Static and Noises Off.

Chip Sherman (The Pizza Man) who makes his Third Rail debut with Mr. Kolpert!

This is a fantastic team tackling a wild, darkly funny play. We cannot wait to show you their creation!