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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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Incognito: The World We Were Creating

Actors Isaac Lamb and Maureen Porter, accompanied by their costume sketches. Photo by Owen Carey.

Welcome to the Production Manager Corner. My name is Michelle Kashinsky and this is my second season as Production Manager for Third Rail. I’m usually behind the scenes, making sure the designers and director have what they need in the room to do their beautiful work. I help the team keep on task, on schedule, and on budget. But since Incognito by Nick Payne never got to open, and with the arrival of the previously scheduled closing date (Saturday, April 11th), I wanted to share the world we were creating.

At our production meetings, the design team works to take the ideas of the play and put them into physical shape. Sometimes this is literal (a character plays the piano, so we hunt down a piano, move it into the theatre, tune it, and use it in the play). But sometimes the process is more abstract. And with Incognito, it was always more abstract.

First a note about the structure of Incognito: four actors play a combined twenty-one characters within the play’s three interwoven stories. A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend.

In the play, the character Anthony says this about starlings (small birds): 

“We watched the starlings. I love how they come together and move away and then come back together. They sometimes look like half a shape. It’s beautiful.”

This concept was a guiding principle that inspired much of the overall design. The designers worked to subtly guide the audience without their knowledge. One small bird, or design element, would not stand out by itself, but when you put all of them together (sets, costumes, lights, and sounds) something beautiful took shape. 

Specifically, a choice was made that the designers would not help us know which story we were following in any given scene. For example, each actor would wear the same costume throughout the show regardless of which character they were playing. And, despite the multiple locations in the play, everything would be played in a void made of black astroturf, wooden cubes, and a string art installation (instead of literal desks/chairs/tables). This disorienting effect would mirror the fragmentary structure of the play, and the design elements would all coalesce at the end: the audience would hear the complete melody of a piano piece, whereas earlier they only heard fragments; the audience would see a new vibrancy of color as the string art installation glowed in special lights, where before it was a dark structure in the space. 

Applause. End of play.

Please enjoy and please be well! And may the arts keep us going, give us hope, and reunite us again, safely, and soon.

Michelle (and Fiona and Rosie)


The Art of Flying

“We watched the starlings. I love how they come together and move away and then come back together. They sometimes look like half a shape. It’s beautiful.”


Costumes

Designer: Abigail Vaughan

Using different surface treatments we can create patterns derived from plant growth, fractals, brain scans, etc. … Textures or patterns that are barely there but then catch the light and become momentarily visible. The implication of thoughts and memories patched, woven, printed, and superimposed on our form.


Lighting

Designer: Company Member Jennifer Lin

Art gives us the language to talk about abstract things.”


Scenic Design

Designer: Megan Wilkerson

I love the thought of using materials with unidentifiable qualities.


Sound

Designer: Ryan Gamblin

“This selection of cues from Incognito demonstrates a variety of the textures and tones in the show. Atmospheric compositions for piano, realistic underlays that inform setting, and arpeggios that emphasize the pace of the events all come together, woven into the rich story and characters of Payne’s text.” 

Incognito: Two Minute Sound Sizzle

Dramaturgy

Dramaturg: Brian Myers

“Some of the characters in Incognito are neuroscientists and some are patients. The play is not exactly about the science, but it is imbued with awareness of the questions that neuroscience raises. … Playwright Nick Payne goes further: his concerns manifest themselves not just in the experience of the characters but also in those of the actors and the audience. Several features of the play challenge us in ways that foreground how we receive and process information.”

To read the full dramaturgical notes, click here.


The cancellation of revenue-generating programming will have a substantial impact on our organization, and we are extremely grateful to those who are able to give a little extra support to Third Rail at this time. 

Men on Boats

Men on Boats

by Jaclyn Backhaus

March 2 – March 24, 2018

Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm

– Imago Theatre –
17 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Race down the rapids in this wildly wonderful gender-bending escapade. Based (broadly) on the true adventures of the one-armed pioneering explorer John Wesley Powell and his intrepid crew, this gleefully subversive play capsizes the white male conquest narrative and discovers the beautifully fluid depth and courage of a wholly different landscape.

Reviews

“Thoughtfully executed by director Maureen Porter and Third Rail Repertory…The actors manage to come together as a harmonious ensemble while still managing to infuse each of their characters with a unique voice.” –Willamette Week

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by

Cast

Goodman

Sumner

Bradley

Dunn

Hall

Hawkins

OG

Old Shady

Powell

Seneca

Creative

Stage Manager

Assistant Director

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Costume Designer

Scenic Designer

Props Master

Dramaturg

Dramaturg

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association

The New Electric Ballroom

The New Electric Ballroom

by Enda Walsh

April 8 – April 30, 2016

Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm

– Imago Theatre –
17 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

The Roller Royle. “His quiff? Gravity defying. His stance? All American.” There wasn’t a heart that didn’t skip a beat when his rhythmic hips undulated and those generous lips parted to croon–making all the ladies swoon. He won the “admiration of any man with manhood” and with just a wink and a whisper slayed hearts. He was the Elvis of Ireland, the James Dean of music. He was The Roller Royle. And one night, in a sleepy Irish town filled with gossip and fish, he forever changed the lives of three sisters. The New Electric Ballroom is a coiled, glitter-dusted fable about the stories that come to define us.

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by

Cast

Ada

Breda

Clara

Patsy

Creative

Assistant Director

Stage Manager

Dialect Coach

Fight Choreographer

Sound Designer

Lighting Designer

Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Props Master

Dramaturg

Dramaturg

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association

Mr. Kolpert

Mr. Kolpert

by David Gieselmann
Translated by David Tushingham

February 5 – February 27, 2016

Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm

– Imago Theatre –
17 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

What do a mysterious trunk, an Orwellian pizza ordering system, architectural design, tiramisu, Marilyn Monroe, Goofy, Bill Clinton, chaos theory, ropes, gags, and the world’s worst boss have in common?  You’ll find out in a play that Variety described as “a wicked treat for the morbidly inclined—a bonbon filled with arsenic.” One part Albee, one part Hitchcock, one part Tarantino, Mr. Kolpert is a play we’ve been dying to produce since day one. Comedy doesn’t come much blacker or better than this.

Reviews

Mr. Kolpert finally receives a smart, deliciously evil production, with carefully blended performances from its cast under the direction of Scott Yarbrough…Sometimes horror and humor go together hand in hand, and the audience my night were alternately aghast and amused, sometimes within seconds of each other.” –Oregon ArtsWatch

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by

Cast

Edith

Ralf

Bastian

Sarah

The Pizza Man

Creative

Translator

Stage Manager

Assistant Director

Fight Choreographer

Dialect Coach

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Props Master

Dramaturg

Dramaturg

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association

Or,

Or,

by Liz Duffy Adams

September 18 – October 10, 2015

Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm

– Imago Theatre –
17 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Set over the course of a single evening, Aphra Behn–poet, actress, spy, and one of the first professional female playwrights of the Restoration–has the opportunity to land her first commission for a professional company if she can deliver her play by dawn. Complicating this task are an array of lovers and rivals, from a rogue-spy to a blossoming ingenue to the king himself, vying for her time and affections. With echoes of Restoration comedy, quick-change farce, a dash or two of Tom Stoppard, and the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, Or, is a little valentine to love in the theatre.

Reviews

“With its small but effective cast and fast-unfurling dialogue, Or, is a spirited romp that also has a lot to say about the complexity of sex, gender, and being one of the first woman writers ever…Aphra Behn’s story is an important one, and Or,—and Third Rail—does right by it.” –Portland Mercury 

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by

Cast

Aphra Behn

King Charles II (and others)

Nell Gwynne (and others)

Creative

Stage Manager

Assistant Director

Voice and Dialect Coach

Sound Designer

Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Props Master

Dramaturg

Dramaturg

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association

Static

Static

by Dan Rebellato

May 1 – May 24, 2015

Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm

– Imago Theatre –
17 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

“You know when a song starts and it feels loose and chaotic? But then the drums come in and everything makes sense. That’s what he was in my life. He walked into my life and everything made sense. He was the moment when the drums come in.”

Sara’s life is thrown into disorder when her husband, Chris, dies unexpectedly. Trying to cope with her loss she discovers a compilation tape, apparently made for her by him. The only thing is, by the time he died, Chris was profoundly deaf. With the help of a friend she begins to unravel the secret of the tape, hoping that it may be his final message to her from beyond. Static is a beautiful, vibrant play of love, music, movement, and the difficulties of connecting no matter the language. In a bold theatrical move, it is also written to be performed bilingually in both English and sign language.

Reviews

“My response began in admiration, but then it morphed to something else—affection…The craft of Rebellato’s play, director Scott Yarbrough’s integration of its elements, including Kaye Blankenship’s stunning abstract set and Jennifer Lin’s deft lighting design, and the skill of the actors. But if there’s magic in theater, it happens when skill turns into something deeper.” –Oregon ArtsWatch 

“Strung together as haphazardly as life, the fragments that come together in Static leave the audience with a sense of meaning fuller than any one word could.” –The Oregonian

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by

Cast

Chris

Sarah

Julia

Martin

Creative

Stage Manager

Dialect Coach

Scenic Designer & Props Master

Lighting Designer

Costume Designer

Sound Designer

Dramaturg

Dramaturg

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association

Belleville

Belleville

by Amy Herzog

March 27 – April 18, 2015

Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm

– CoHo Theatre –
2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR 97210

Abby and Zack are newlyweds subletting an apartment in the Belleville area of Paris. She’s a yoga instructor and he’s a physician with Doctors Without Borders. Their life is idyllic, if not especially noteworthy. That is until Abby walks in on Zack with his pants literally around his ankles. As she starts pulling at little threads having to do with how Zack spends his day, Belleville builds toward a climax that asks if we can ever truly know another person. This sexy, funny, scary, and tense pseudo-thriller from one of America’s hottest new playwrights will unnerve as quickly as it entertains.

Reviews

“I emerged from the theatre as speechless as Alouine and Amina…With Belleville, Herzog efficiently taps primal fear, and Lamb and Lingafelter bring it home. Quite. Literally.” –Portland Monthly

“Lingafelter and Lamb, as anticipated, give lively, liquid performances – it’s a matchup that should have local theater fans drooling – and Philip Cuomo directs them with a quick sure rhythm, neatly gliding through the play’s sharp corners.” –Oregon ArtsWatch

“Belleville finds ways to jump its tracks over and over, each twist and turn as surprising and compelling as the last…The way Herzog doles out information about these characters is pointed and deliberate, revealing just enough to keep the screw turning, and there’s a threatening edge to the chemistry between Abby and Zack. This subtlety is demanding, and director Philip Cuomo matches it.” –Portland Mercury

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by

Cast

Abby

Amina

Zack

Alioune

Creative

Stage Manager

Violence Director

Dialect Coach

Scenic Designer

Sound Designer

Lighting Designer

Costume Designer

Props Master

Dramaturg

Dramaturg

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association

The Night Alive

The Night Alive

by Conor McPherson

February 20 – March 14, 2015

Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm

– CoHo Theatre –
2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR 97210

Tommy crashes in a room in his uncle’s house, does odd jobs here and there, tries get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy, Doc, and keeps his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length. Then one night, he defends a young woman from a violent act, a choice which fills both their lives with unexpected consequences. Mystery lies around every corner and they soon find out the past won’t let go so easily. This play is a joyous, frightening, funny, and ultimately gorgeous meditation on the possibility of redemption. An amazing new work by one of the great writers and poets of the theatre.

Reviews

“A sparkling, intensely intimate and satisfying production.” –Oregon ArtsWatch

“Great plays can also suck you in and make you think about life and love and everything else that matters. This production will do that for you, and more.” –Broadway World

“The strength of this production lies in the enchanting characters created by director Scott Yarbrough’s talented cast. It is in the successful creation of these characters that the play’s lyrical whimsicality is best expressed…In a way, The Night Alive is like a contemporary fairy tale: it shows us the underbelly of present life but through a poetic alchemy transfigures it into something beyond the mundane time of our lives.” –The Oregonian

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by

Cast

Doc

Kenneth

Tommy

Aimee

Maurice

Creative

Stage Manager

Voice and Dialect Coach

Violence Director

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Scenic Designer

Sound Designer

Props Master

Dramaturg

Dramaturg

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association

The Mystery of Irma Vep

The Mystery of Irma Vep

by Charles Ludlam

December 5, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm

– Winningstad Theatre –
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious send up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 50’s horror movies, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchcock’s Rebecca. With elaborate quick changes performed in mere seconds, wildly absurd characters, and an absolute distaste for anything serious, The Mystery of Irma Vep should be the perfect gut-busting escape from all that holiday noise.

Reviews

“Director Philip Cuomo has cast veteran actors Isaac Lamb and Leif Norby and allowed them to showcase their versatility. The two actors play all the roles: man, woman and the undead. Wonderful moments abound…This is a raspberry-cream layer cake of surprises, each sweeter and sillier than the next.The Oregonian

“Third Rail is normally a purveyor of thoughtful, intelligent plays that make you think about the human condition, but here they’re just out to make you laugh. Leif Norby and Isaac Lamb are a hoot, each playing a multitude of characters…The sound design by Mark Valadez is a major help, and Alison Heryer’s costumes are miraculous…one of the best laugh-out-loud farces I’ve ever seen.” –Broadway World

“Leif Norby and Isaac Lamb go giddily overboard while maintaining strict stylistic control (try that sometime: it ain’t easy)…Third Rail’s production is as close to a flawless show as you’re likely to run into for a long time.” –Oregon ArtsWatch 

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by

Cast

Lady Enid, Nicodemus, Alcazar, Pev Amri

Lord Edgar, Jane, The Intruder, Irma Vep

Creative

Stage Manager

Voice and Dialect Coach

Violence Director

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Costume Designer

Scenic Designer

Props Master

Dramaturg

Dramaturg

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association