Season 10

November 23 – November 29, 2015

It’s a holiday week! We had a fun evening on Monday screening NT Live’s The Beaux’ Stratagem for Company Members and the Mentorship program. We have those early screenings for ourselves to make sure there are no glitches in the broadcast and because there are never enough seats for us at the public screenings! We fully expect that will be the case for the upcoming The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Then, that rarest of weeks, one without further events. We all will continue to work on company business here at HQ and prepare for a full December line-up. But in the meantime…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We are certainly thankful for your continued support, our ongoing conversation with our audience, and the Portland theatre community. We wish you a wonderful, food-filled weekend and we’ll be back with lots to tell you about in December!

November 16 – November 22, 2015

This week at Third Rail, we have more screenings of NT Live’s Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. If you have not yet gotten a ticket (and assuming there are still tickets available), we highly recommend that you find time to see this production! It’s nearly four hours of Benedict Cumberbatch. In minutes, that’s almost a full season of Sherlock.

We are truly excited this week to also be bringing Hamlet directly to high school students. We have another screening at a local high school where hundreds of teens will be seeing this world class show. We love bringing theatre to young audiences!

Finally this week, if you’ve been reading about our weekly exploits, you know that we almost never rest at Third Rail! We closed The Realistic Joneses last weekend and production meetings are already in progress for our next Main Stage show, Mr. Kolpert. This Sunday, the rough drawings for the set and costumes are due. The design process is well under way and rehearsals are not that far behind! And the beat goes on…

Last Chance for The Realistic Joneses

Closing weekend. The last few chances to sit in the theatre with 4 amazing actors and experience Will Eno’s hilarious, poignant story before it is gone. Last few chances to see Rebecca Lingafelter’s beautiful Third Rail directorial debut! That’s right, we are saying goodbye to The Realistic Joneses. Critics and audiences love this show, and frankly, so do we. We’ll be sad to see this one end – so get here this weekend to help us send it off right!

You’ll laugh. You’ll think about life and relationships and communication. You’ll hear language in new and exciting ways. But mostly, you’ll laugh.

…Third Rail has brought four top actors together for this little exercise in quiet heartbreak and existential whimsy, and Rebecca Lingafelter directs them with a firm but gentle hand…It’s tough not to like a play that finds this much wonder in the ordinary.Oregon ArtsWatch

The quartet of actors navigate this bittersweet prose effortlessly, seeming natural as they inhabit the characters’ idiosyncrasies. Eno and the actors show deep compassion for these couples, and it’s contagious.Willamette Week

The stage design was fantastic, using a projector to transform the one set piece into several different buildings, but sound designer Mark Valadez deserves…praise for his use of calming ocean sounds during set changes…The Oregonian

November 9 – November 15, 2015

This week, we must say goodbye to The Realistic Joneses. (We promised ourselves we wouldn’t cry…) We will miss this beautiful production of this brilliant script. Audiences have been filling the theatre with laughter during the show, engaging in fascinating conversations with us during the talkbacks, and then writing us about their experience afterward. Here are just a few snippets:

“Great play!”
“The play was brilliant.”
“Fabulous — saw it today and it was a wonderful ride!”
“We enjoyed this play so much we are likely to go again. This play is unlike any other play we’ve seen.”
“..it was terrific.”

We want to share this with as many people as possible before we close on Saturday night! Join us before it’s too late!

This weekend, we also have four more showings of NT Live’s Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This show has been selling out so quickly that we just keep adding more screenings, but eventually, we’ll have to stop! So, get your tickets while you can!

November 2 – November 8, 2015

Our acclaimed production of The Realistic Joneses continues this week! But only two weekends remain to join the fun!

Eno’s lively writing and characters beg for a second viewing… This is a great play performed by four superb actors. I urge you to see it.Edge Media Network

We also have a Members only event this week! A clown performance from our class of Mentees – the result of a weekend intensive led by Company Member Philip Cuomo. The Mentees will be led through three three-hour workshops, discovering and exploring and crafting a clown world. Their work will include the creation of short scenarios in which they apply form and technique to create content. The weekend will be influenced by everyone from Rudolph Laban and Jacques Lecoq to Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Bugs Bunny.

It will be reckless, colorful and wild – and available only to our Members. Can’t stand to miss out on the fun? Become a Member now and join the ranks for less than $30 a month!

November 2015

We have a little bit of everything for you this November.

The Realistic Joneses

Closes November 14

You want a Main Stage show?
We’ve got two final weekends of The Realistic Joneses. to offer! The reception to this show has been tremendous, with beautiful reviews from news outlets and patrons alike:

…something much richer, much deeper and much more hilarious than anyone could have imagined.The Oregonian

This play is brilliant.Patron on Facebook

Still plenty of time to experience it for yourself!

PETE: All Well

Closes November 1

You want a Wild Card?
PETE’s All Well just slips into November as it closes on the 1st. But due to popular demand, they’ve added an extra performance at 7:30 that night! There may just be a hammock or two left if you want to sink into this unique experience.

Hamlet

November 14, 15, 21 & 22

You want an NT Live screening?
We keep adding showings of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch and you keep filling the theatre! Get tickets while you can to the fastest selling show in National Theatre history and an excellent, singular production of the classic tragedy.

Bloody Sunday Reading (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

November 15

You want a Bloody Sunday reading?
Well, that’s where we’ll be the morning of Sunday, November 15th. We don’t tell you what play we’re reading beforehand, but we guarantee you’ll hear a play we are considering for production – and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with us about it afterward.

You want to see all of these for under $30?
That’s an easy one. Become a Member! There’s no time like now…

We’ll see you around the theatre!

This week at Third Rail

October 26 – November 1, 2015

Do you want to know what Third Rail has up our sleeves for the coming week? Then you have come to the right place. It’s time for: This Week at Third Rail!

The Realistic Joneses is up and running and we have a hit on our hands. Audiences are loving it and leaving the theatre with tears in their eyes. Our guess is mostly tears of laughter, but there really isn’t anything like spending an evening with Will Eno’s words – especially words brought to life by Kerry Ryan, Dana Green, Michael O’Connell, and Darius Pierce. You have three weeks left to see the show. Tickets are available for purchase, or you could become a Member and see the show as many times as you’d like!

That would be enough for one week, but there’s more! This week, PETE: All Well opens! When was the last time you were truly in the dark? What creatures lurk? All Well is a sound-installation that will envelop audiences in the pitch black of an icebound ship, midwinter. All Well will travel through the hidden spaces of the Imago Theatre, on a journey inspired by the doomed Franklin Expedition of 1845-48. All from the comfort of a hammock. Space is quite limited, so get tickets early to this; or if you are a Member, call ahead to reserve your seat! Or make a night of it – see The Realistic Joneses and stay for All Well!

And that concludes This Week in Third Rail! To find out about next week, keep your eyes on this space!

October 19 – October 25, 2015

OPENING WEEK!

We start this week with tech rehearsals for The Realistic Joneseswherein we integrate nearly all of the show’s technical elements. We’ll follow that with dress rehearsals, which (as the name implies) adds costumes, the final piece of the theatrical puzzle.

Well, not the final piece of the puzzle. That comes with previews when we first bring you, the audience, in to see the show and be a part of the storytelling experience!

After the tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and previews – on Friday – we open Will Eno’s marvelous The Realistic Joneses! Have you got your tickets? Don’t wait. Be there with us!

Also, this week, we will be bringing Hamlet to Jesuit High School. As part of an increased effort to connect with young audiences, we are taking NT Live’s Hamlet – starring Benedict Cumberbatch – to the SW Portland high school for a student screening. But worry not, if you want to see this Hamlet – the fastest sell out show in the National Theatre’s history – there are still a FEW tickets left. To buy or not to buy…that is the question!

October 12 – October 18, 2015

Or, closed this past Sunday and we hope you were able to fall under its magic spell. Usually, following closing, we would take a few days to celebrate and mourn, take a breath and gather ourselves for the next adventure. Or, at the very least, sleep in for a day or two. But there is no rest for the wicked, because immediately after Or, took its final bows, we started loading The Realistic Joneses into our interim home at Imago!

This week is load-in, when a play finally gets to tiptoe its way onto the stage. The set goes up, the lights are hung, the sound cables are run. The first few days will be primarily about getting the set installed, then, on Thursday we begin to focus the lights. Friday marks the first spacing rehearsal – when the actors get to leave the rehearsal room and grow accustomed to the stage. Also on Friday, the director and design team will have a dry tech. A dry tech is the pre-tech meeting wherein the design team gets to talk-through and see/hear the show’s cues without having to worry about those meddlesome actors. Finally, all the pieces get put together over the long, long weekend tech days. And nights.

It is an invigorating, exhausting week. It is beautiful to see everyone’s work come together, but mostly… it’s exciting because it means the show is opening soon!

The Realistic Joneses Dramaturgy

The Realistic Joneses.

Meet Jennifer and Bob. They’re the Joneses. Meet Pony and John. They’re also the Joneses. They’re next door neighbors. Keeping up with them can feel awfully familiar in this hilarious and humane look at how we live. Literate and slyly hilarious, this award-winning play dives deep below the surface with probing grace.

Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses opened on Broadway in 2014, where it won a Drama Desk Award, was named USA Today’s “Best Play on Broadway,” topped the Guardian’s 2014 list of best American plays, and was included in the New York Times’ “Best Theater of 2014.” We are deeply proud to be sharing it with Portland audiences. The show is an unconventional, unexpected, original and outrageous look at the people who live next door and the truths we think we know. The show is funny and banal and profound and intimate. Eno’s voice is one of the most singular of his generation.

I hope with all of these four characters, who have very different responses to the big, big things in life – I hope that people find one or the other or the other or the other of them or some mix of them to be something that’s very recognizable to how they go through their day and their lives.Will Eno

To be able to hear the play and be part of the play is transforming for me as a human being… I have the exquisite pleasure of standing backstage and hearing something that is cracking me up and changing my perspective on life… It comes so organically out of [Eno’s] heart and soul, that ineffable something, that always gets you in the stomach.Marissa Tomei (who starred in the show on Broadway)

Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses, by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really… [the show] brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I’ve seen this season.Charles Isherwood, The New York Times