Special Offers

The Doctors Are In


The Doctors are In and our Winter Announcement

This event begins at 6:30pm on Monday, April 25 at Third Rail at Imago
First, join us for The Doctors are In – the second installment of our salon series that takes a closer look inside the script and behind the curtain with resident Dramaturgs Brian Myers and Ellen Walkley! Our first installment of this series, The Abusrdism Salon, explored the comical and dark undertones of Mr. Kolpert. We now move on to discover the role of storytelling and mythology in The New Electric Ballroom. Our resident dramaturgs Ellen Walkley and Brian Myers each received their PhDs in English Literature from the University of California – Berkeley. These doctors will explore the script and lead discussions on the resonance of story-telling as ritual and the power of personal mythology. They will be joined by Company Member and Lighting Designer, Jennifer Linn who will talk about the dramaturgy of light inThe New Electric Ballroom Immediately following this fun, informative, and participatory event we will be announcing our Winter Main Stage Show. This evening will be an open and FREE introduction to a Member’s Only event giving you all a chance to taste the kind of things normally only available to Members! So bring a buddy or two to join the fun – it’s a chance to share what Membership’s all about and get an inside look at what will be heating up our stage in the Winter! Please RSVP with our Box Office at (503)235-1101 or boxoffice@thirdrailrep.org

Quick-Changes, Holidays, and the Best Pommes Frites in Town

‘Twas just before Christmas and throughout Third Rail Rep
Everyone was excited about Irma Vep
The place was abuzz like bees in a hive
Because of the plays with National Theater Live

With great plays and great gifts for the theatre lover
For the holidays Third Rail Rep’s got you covered

Tis the season, and Third Rail has everything you need to celebrate the holidays:

The Mystery of Irma Vep
A little holiday entertainment for you, your family, and your friends with some great Portland live theatre and the hilarious quick-change romp The Mystery of Irma Vep, December 5 – January 10.

Nel CentroExceptional food with a $10 discount at the fabulous Nel Centro restaurant (just short walk from the Winningstad Theatre), where you’ll find delicious starters and salads, homemade pastas, fantastic entrees and desserts, and the best French fries in the city. (Coupon provided by Third Rail with all Irma Vep ticket purchases.)

National Theater Live Punch CardThe perfect gift for everyone on your list: Tickets to Third Rail Main Stage Plays and National Theatre Live single-show tickets as well as 6-ticket punch cards (great for stocking stuffers).

24 Days of GivingAnd for your end-of-year giving, check out Third Rail’s 24 Days of Giving Campaign.

24 Days of Giving Campaign

Joshua Theresa Jennifer Lin

Meet Joshua Ayodiipo Ayo-Adeusi, a theatre major from Portland State University, and a recipient of a Third Rail Subscription Sponsorship which allows him to see all of this season’s Third Rail Main Stage plays, plus free study guides, and $10 additional tickets to bring friends and family.

Meet Theresa Park, one of the 14 members of this year’s Third Rail Mentorship Company, designed specifically for emerging young artists.

Meet Angela, who took advantage of our RUSH ticket program for Main Stage plays. For those 25 and under we offer free tickets 15 minutes before a production for the best remaining seats in the house.

Meet Melanie, Jill, and Alex, a family exposed to the wonders of National Theatre Live screenings that we make affordable and accessible in order to broaden the experience of theatre lovers.

Meet Company Member Jenn Lin, who works behind the scenes to light up the stage during Third Rail performances and brings the world of the play to life.

These are just some of the people you help when you give to Third Rail.

As a lover of the arts, you know that it takes resources to deliver the high-quality performances and quality theatre programs to the community. Today we ask you to support Third Rail Repertory Theatre so we may continue to offer the kind of theatre you have come to love. That’s the reason behind our 24 Days of Giving Campaign.

Since 2003 we have been committed to an artist-driven, collaborative model—producing professional, locally grown, handcrafted theatre with excellence and consistency; approaching the work without compromise, and always with a willingness to take creative risks. Third Rail continues to seek out ways to invite you into a personal artistic home. Now we are setting the course for our next evolution, and your support is needed to make it happen.

Third Rail is an exotic and endangered species; a company truly run by the artists who inhabit it. This creates a crucible for high-stakes work, where all aspects of the production from performers to designers to director are dedicated to the value of the whole. It also is a space that encourages and creates dialogue—which makes us better artists who grow because we push against each other in a way that is not possible outside of a company.

Third Rail also feels unsettled (in a good way), the group is never satisfied and is always sniffing out the next idea, a way to push the work farther and make it better. That kind of risk-taking should not be underestimated—it is rare and extremely valuable.

In an increasingly disengaged world, theatre reminds us that we have the power to affect each other. It’s an excellent way to practice being human together.

Please help support our creative endeavors as we continue to grow Third Rail Repertory Theatre’s impact in the arts community.
Thank you for giving and being a member of the Third Rail family.

Third Rail: Loose in London Returns

March 8-15, 2015
We're heading back to Theatreland and we want you with us!

Our annual Third Rail: Loose In London Tour has quickly become one of our most successful and popular programs, and we’re pleased to announce dates and registration for our 2015 excursion. If history is any  indication, this trip will fill up very quickly and, as always, space will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants in order to make the trip as intimate and personal an experience as possible.

The tour is catered toward the restless “theatre junkies” out there (you know who you are); the ones who need a fix of new plays, major revivals, performances that make you sweaty and nervous (in all the best ways), and experiences to make your heart pound and your breath quicken. We’re ready to be your theatre pusher, your peddler, your candy man. We’ll finalize the details of the itinerary in December, but to whet your appetite, here’s a little taste of what we’re considering:

The World Premiere of David Hare‘s newest play; a controversial new collaboration by the Royal Court and Headlong; the newest offering at the Donmar Warehouse; and performances by James McAvoy, Rufus Sewell, and a host of other heavy hitters of the British stage.

No matter the plays, you can rest assured we’ll line up a wide variety of experiences that will give you plenty to enjoy and even more to talk about.

Remember: space is limited to the first 20 patrons; so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to join Artistic Director Scott Yarbrough and Company Member Maureen Porter for this one-of-a-kind


Registration Deadline: December 30, 2014

For travel information contact Gregg Macy at 503-451-3281

For information about plays and itinerary contact Scott Yarbrough at scott@thirdrailrep.org

Send a Student to a Season of Third Rail

One of Third Rail’s exciting new projects this season is our Student Subscription Program. With your help, these students will experience the magic of live theater and the community of Third Rail all season long.

A recent study at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, found that “Live theater enhance(s) literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students.” For the reduced subscription package cost, you can make this happen for one of our eligible applicants. Find out more about them and who is still needing a sponsor here!

What we determined from this research is that seeing live theater produced positive effects that reading a play or watching a movie of the play does not produce.Jay Greene, professor of education reform, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville