Shows featuring Maureen Porter


The New Electric Ballroom

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.

The running time of this performance is 80 minutes with no intermission.

Diane Kondrat

Sorry / Regular Singing

Staged Readings of the Final Installments of the Apple Family Plays

ONE SHOW: $20.00
BOTH SHOWS: $35.00
BOTH SHOWS AND DINNER WITH THE CAST: $100.00
To purchase tickets please call 503.235.1101 or email boxoffice@thirdrailrep.org.

We conclude our presentation of Richard Nelson’s play cycle with staged readings of the final two installments of the Apple Family cycle. Featuring company members Karen Trumbo, Maureen Porter, Rebecca Lingafelter, Bruce Burkhartsmeier, Mike O’Connell and Isaac Lamb, this is an event not to be missed for any Third Rail followers, or newcomers eager to engage with the company.

For a truly intimate and insightful experience, JOIN THE APPLE FAMILY CAST FOR DINNER BETWEEN PERFORMANCES. Good food, good wine, and great conversation. Discuss the plays, the characters, theatre, or whatever strikes your fancy. (Proceeds from the dinner will support Third Rail and the presentation of these readings). $100 includes dinner, wine, and priority seating for both readings.  Jump on this! Space is limited.

Sorry

The play transpires during the early morning of the 2012 presidential election, but the race for commander-in-chief is not the main item on the Apples’ minds. Siblings Richard, Barbara, Marian, and Jane have gathered in upstate Rhinebeck to take their mentally failing Uncle Benjamin, once a famous actor, to an eldercare facility. In addition, each member of the family has his or her own dilemma. Lawyer Richard, who once worked in state government, has just returned from an extended business trip to England and is dissatisfied with his career in private practice. Marian is coming to terms with her daughter’s suicide, while Jane wrestles with her next writing project and her relationship with her boyfriend Tim, a character in the previous plays who is in Chicago on an acting job. Barbara has the most pressing problem. She is closest to Uncle Benjamin-she shares her Rhinebeck home with him and Marian-and his advancing senility is causing him to behave in sexually inappropriate ways toward her.

Regular Singing

Is Uncle Benjamin still alive? Are Marian and Adam back together? Has Richard gone over to the dark side and become a Republican? And is everyone agreed that this country has gone to hell in the past 50 years? “Regular Singing,” the fourth and final play, takes place on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination (Nov. 22, 2013), so the topic of death hangs in the air. But in the end, the scribe leaves the Apples the way he found them – very much alive and bearing witness to the times we live in.


Number Three

Third Rail is proud to present this world premiere by local playwright Ebbe Roe Smith.

Set in 1950’s America, Number Three is the heartbreaking, hilarious story of the youngest child in a military family.


A Noble Failure

WORLD PREMIERE!

In this call-to-arms, Mach shares an eye-opening look at the current state of America’s public education system. Navigating a minefield of competition, quotas, retention, privatization, class size, corporate welfare, and litigation is tricky on the best of days, but what does any of it have to do with teaching Johnny to read? Told with empathy and humor, and featuring a rich cast of characters, A NOBLE FAILURE is startling in its immediacy and passionate in its plea to ‘Save Our Schools’.

A Noble Failure will be presented as a part of Fertile Ground 2013, Portland’s festival of new and developing works. A limited number of seats will be available for purchase each night using a Fertile Ground festival pass.


That Hopey Changey Thing

It’s Election Day, 2010 and what begins as a simple visit by the Apple siblings to their uncle transforms into an examination of 21st Century American politics. Chekhovian in spirit, HOPEY CHANGEY is the first play in a planned four-play cycle that annually reunites the Apple Family during events of national importance. In an exciting and ambitious project, Third Rail is delighted to be the only company in the country (besides the Public Theatre in New York) to present a new play in this series every year for the next four seasons, each featuring the same cast of Third Rail actors!





Static

“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.


Discount dining deal at Doug Fir Lounge when you see Static

Ticket holders to Static will receive an exclusive discount at the restaurant next door to the Imago Theatre, Doug Fir Lounge (E Burnside and 8th Ave), on the day you see the show. Show your server your ticket to Static to receive a 10% discount on your meal!

NOTE: This offer is only valid on the day you attend the performance (the date on your ticket)

Doug Fir Lounge hours:
7am – 2:30am daily
Happy Hour:
3pm – 6pm daily

Doug Fir Restaurant & Bar


Middletown

We open our season with a play Third Rail has been dying to produce since it was the hit of Portland Center Stage’s 2009 JAW Festival, MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno. The residents of Middletown lead lives that are probably not too different from ours. They wake up, go to work, say hello to their neighbors, fix the plumbing, seek advice on parenting, and try to live lives that are as rewarding as possible. It’s all fairly ordinary. And yet…ordinary doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this quirky, word-frenzied, refraction of OUR TOWN. MIDDLETOWN is a quizzical fable about life in all its sweetness and pain, joy and wonder, beginnings and endings.