Introducing the Sunnyside Community Choir

Sunnyside Community ChoirWe put out the call and we’re thrilled with the response! A number of Portland-area community choirs will be appearing with us in our next Main Stage show, David Greig’s The Events. One group even formed exclusively for our production.

The Sunnyside Community Choir is comprised of Third Rail supporters – patrons, volunteers, Mentorship Company members, and friends – drawn together by their love of music and theatre. Under the guidance of noted Portland musical director Mont Chris Hubbard, the choir has been rehearsing their songs and pieces for the play over the past few weeks. They’re set to debut on opening night and will add their voices to several performances during the run.

The Events runs October  27 to November 18 at Imago Theatre.
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October 11, 2017

 


Joseph Gibson Makes His Third Rail Debut

We have been big fans of Joseph Gibson for a while now and we’re happy he’ll be on our Main Stage for the first time in The Events.

Originally from Houston, Joe has been acting professionally in Portland for five years. Past credits include Trevor, and We are proud to present… (both Artists Repertory Theatre), How We Got On (Portland Playhouse), Cymbeline (Anon it Moves), American Night (Teatro Milagro), Masque of the Red Death (Shaking the Tree) The Lion in Winter (Northwest Classical Theatre), and Macbeth (Northwest Classical Theatre.) In addition to touring Hands Up! (Red Door Project) this year, Joe is working with the Red Door Project on the August Wilson Monologue Competition. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and currently serves on the Portland AEA Liaison Committee.

You can see Joe now in An Octoroon, running until October 1 at Artists Repertory Theatre.

September 27, 2017


Share Your Musical Talents With Third Rail

Third Rail goes into rehearsals in just a few weeks on our next Main Stage production: David Greig’s thrilling combination of theatre and music, The Events. We’ve invited a variety of local community choirs to work with us on this uniquely theatrical experience and want to extend that invitation to our musically inclined patrons and friends.

We are forming the first ever Third Rail Choir exclusively for this production and we want you to join us. All ages and levels of experience and ability are encouraged and welcome (even if you’re primarily a shower singer).

The commitment is minimal and the impact is immeasurable:

  • One three-hour rehearsal with our esteemed music director, Mont Chris Hubbard.
  • Participation onstage with Maureen Porter and guest artist Joseph Gibson for one or more performances with the Third Rail Choir.
  • No memorization required.
  • Sheet music, vocal recordings, and backing tracks will all be available at your request so you can practice at home as you desire.

If you’re curious about the project and would like additional information or you’re ready to sign up right now, just contact Scott Yarbrough at scott@thirdrailrep.org and put SONGBIRD in the subject line. We’ll get right back to you right away.

Do-Re-Mi!

August 28, 2017


Cristi Miles pushes the pace in Lungs

We are thrilled to have the amazing Cristi Miles back with us to launch our 2017-18 season! You may remember Cristi from our production of Midsummer (a play with songs), or have seen her earlier this summer in Deception Unit with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, where she’s co-artistic director. This time around, Cristi plays the smart, excitable, and funny W in Lungs by Duncan Macmillan. We asked her to share a few thoughts on our production.

What do you like about W?

I love her directness, honesty and how she really tries to examine every decision she makes. One of her lines states:  “I want to do everything for the right reason or at least a good reason…” I’m learning from her to really think through the consequences that my decisions will have, which is good for me, as I am one to accept things without really questioning them, and she is teaching me to look beyond that.

Is there anything about her that frustrates you?

The thing that has frustrated me the most about her is learning her thought pattern and rhythm. She is a verbal processor and one that is much faster than me, so I have had to push myself and really get to know her thinking pattern, because she has a lot of incomplete thoughts and phrases and processes a LOT faster than I was ready for.

What do you think will surprise people about this show?

I hope that people will be surprised at how relatable this show is. We are talking about and wrestling with a lot of the issues that face us today, and I hope that the audience will see themselves, or at least part of themselves in these two complicated, wonderful people.

What’s been your favorite part of working with Third Rail again?

Oh gosh, my favorite thing? There are so many things I love about Third Rail! The work ethic and commitment to the honesty of the story, and the people. OR COURSE, the PEOPLE. Being surrounded and supported by the company has made me feel at home and at the same time challenged me to risk failure to strive for what’s possible… it’s been wonderful!

Lungs by Duncan Macmillan runs August 4-26 at CoHo Theatre
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August 16, 2017


In Lungs, Darius Pierce finds a friend

A Third Rail Company Member since 2015, Darius Pierce has appeared in our productions of Middletown and The Realistic Joneses. You may also seen him around town in the past year in The Santaland Diaries at Portland Center Stage or Feathers and Teeth at Artists Repertory Theatre. We’re excited that Darius is in our first 2017-18 Main Stage production – Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs. We asked him a few questions about the show.

You’ve been interested in the role of M for a while. Why?

From the first time I read this show, I felt like I understood who M is. Or, perhaps, that he understood who I am. I read the show and regularly found him giving voice to thoughts I have had and – even more penetrating – thoughts I didn’t even realize I had had. It was personal.

I think he’s moving and funny. And not the type of character that I usually have an opportunity to play. Plus, even beyond wanting to play this role, I wanted to be a part of bringing this show to the Third Rail stage.

The portrayal of the relationship of M and his partner W (played by guest artist Cristi Miles) rings so true. That means we’re not always experiencing these people as their best selves. Knowing what we know about him, could you be friends with M?

Sure! I actually love both M and W. I think I’d happily be friends with them. With M, he tries to do the right thing. And he fails sometimes. But in the examining and trying, he has an appealing energy. He’s supportive and insecure, and intellectual and needy, and conscientious and impulsive, and a full person. On balance, I think he’d be a good (if not occasionally trying) friend.

What do you think will surprise people about Lungs?

How many conversations and ideas they’ll recognize. And how the show will stay with them – working on this production, I’m surprised at how much it has permeated my day-to-day life. Plus, the way the story is told and how it moves through time – it’s unusual!

Lungs by Duncan Macmillan runs August 4-26 at CoHo Theatre

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August 16, 2017