Introducing the Cast of JOHN: Nick Ferrucci as Elias

We are pleased to welcome back Nick Ferrucci to the Third Rail stage as Elias in Annie Baker’s  Johnopening November 30th, 2018.

Nick was last seen in Third Rail’s production of The Angry Brigade. Other recent credits include Luna Gale at CoHo Productions, Astoria: Parts 1 and 2, JAW Fest at The Armory, and Peter and the Starcatcher at Portland Playhouse. 

Other credits include work with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Maples Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Commonweal Theatre Company, Heritage Theatre Festival and Bright Star Touring Theatre.

Nick holds an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, and a BFA in Theatre from Southern Oregon University. He has studied with the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and The Second City in Chicago.


Q & A with Nick Ferrucci 


TR: What excites you about John
NF: I’ve always wanted to work on an Annie Baker play and I am truly honored and thrilled to be doing it with this particular group of artists.


TR: What is the strangest or most unique place you’ve ever stayed while traveling? 

NF:The strangest place I’ve ever stayed while traveling has to be on the floor of an apartment of a guy named Sloth in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It’s a long story.


TR: What was one of your favorite childhood toys or tchochkes? 
NF: I loved the movie Top Gun growing up and I had a toy F-14 Fighter Jet I remember always playing with.


TR: How does working on an Annie Baker play differ from approaching the work of other playwrights? 
NF: This is my first time working on an Annie Baker play, so I don’t think I’ll be able to tell you until after the work is over. However, recently I’ve been thinking how the word “acting” is such an unfortunate and misleading word for what we do, and that possibly Annie Baker is asking us to just live, be interested in each other, and curious about what we don’t know.


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Introducing the Cast of JOHN: Karen Trumbo as Mertis Katherine


Third Rail Company Member Karen Trumbo will play Mertis Katherine Graven in Annie Baker’s  Johnopening November 30th, 2018.

Karen was last seen in Third Rail’s production of Annapurna in the role of Emma. Other recent roles include Third Rail’s Noises Off as Dotty and as a member of the Ensemble in Middletown.

Local credits include Fifth of July  and  Season’s Greetings at PCS/OSF, Frozen, Mercy Seat , Inspecting Carol, and  Misanthrope at Artist’s  Repertory Theatre, Three Tall Women, It’s Only A Play, and  A  Walk in the Woods at Profile Theatre and in Boston Marriage  and the How and the Why at Coho Theatre. She also worked for several seasons with Portland Repertory Theatre in productions of  Arcadia, Lost  in Yonkers, Six Degrees of Separation, Little Shop of Horrors and All in the Timing ( Drammy Award for Best Ensemble).

Karen has worked in film, television and radio throughout the Northwest including several productions in Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles. Her credits include, among others, Claire of the Moon, Final Justice, Hear no Evil, HBO’s Last Innocent Man, Chrome Soldiers, Under Suspicion, Fifteen and Pregnant and Mystery Dance.

Karen has a BA in Theatre/English from UCLA.

This season marks the beginning of her fifth year as a Core Company Member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre.


Q & A with Karen Trumbo 


TR: What excites you about John
KT: What excites me about working on John is how the characters and story are revealed in such a slow, almost luxurious way. The realistic dialogue can be challenging and yet really delightful. I’m also thrilled to be working with Rebecca, Jenn, Nick and Diane. Who could ask for anything more!


TR: What is the strangest or most unique place you’ve ever stayed while traveling? 

KT: There was a hotel in San Fransisco that had this very long room at the end of the hall. It was a really nice older hotel that had been remodeled, but this particular room had a really strange vibe. I woke up in the middle of the night and had the very distinct feeling that some man had met his demise in that room. …I changed rooms the next night…


TR: What was one of your favorite childhood toys or tchochkes? 
KT: When I was about 5 or 6 I had a white stuffed kitty with extremely soft fur. (I shudder now to imagine what it was really made of…) I loved on that kitty until it was bald. My mom bought me a new one, but it was never the same.


TR: How does working on an Annie Baker play differ from approaching the work of other playwrights? 
KT: She creates complex characters and yet allows the actor to imagine the internal life and soul of the person. As actors, she asks us to make the choices that support the story and relationships within the play.


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Introducing the Cast of THE MUSIC MAN!

“Well, ain’t no call for a boys’ band in this town…”

You got that right. We’re assembling an all female one. We are thrilled to introduce the multi-talented cast of THE MUSIC MAN, opening August 2nd at CoHo Theatre.



(Click on actor names to read full bios)

Harold Hill (and others): Caitlin Brooke

Marian Paroo (and others): Elizabeth Fagan

Quartet 1 (and others): Laura McCulloch

Quartet 2 (and others): Merideth Kaye Clark

Quartet 3 (and others): Emily Eisele

Quartet 4 (and others): Shahayla Ononaiye



Introducing the Cast of The Music Man: Elizabeth Fagan


This August, Elizabeth Fagan will make her Third Rail debut as Marian Paroo (and others) in THE MUSIC MAN!

Elizabeth is a musician and theatre artist. She currently serves as the Acting Academy Manager at Oregon Children’s Theatre and performs with her band, Lili St Anne. Some of her favorite stage roles have been: Meredith in Bat Boy: The Musical; Antigone in Anouilh’s Antigone; and Nina in The Seagull. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Gender Studies and also lived and studied in France at Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre – she likes to think that Marian the Librarian was reading plenty of Simone de Beauvoir.

Welcome, Elizabeth!

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Introducing the Cast of The Music Man: Shahayla Ononaiye


This August, Shahayla Ononaiye will make her Third Rail debut as Quartet 4 (and others) in THE MUSIC MAN!

Shahayla is thrilled to be in her first Third Rail production! The La Grande, Oregon vocal teacher has played roles on Eastern Oregon stages including Eponine in Les Miserables, and The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. Recently, Ononaiye appeared in the cajun-flavored version of Beauty and the Beast with Broadway Rose, and soon will be playing Deena Jones in Dreamgirls with Stumptown Stages. Ononaiye is grateful for her husband Jake’s unwavering support and encouragement, and she is also thankful for her host families that have given her a home while she explores her passions in Portland.  

Welcome, Shahayla!

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Introducing the Cast of the Music Man: Emily Eisele


Third Rail is thrilled to welcome Mentorship Program alumna Emily Eisele as Quartet 3 (and others) in this August’s concert staging of THE MUSIC MAN!

Emily never suspected she would revisit The Music Man after playing Amaryllis many years ago, but is tickled to experience the show in this new, imaginative way. Most recently, Emily was seen as Caroline in I And You (Artists Repertory Theatre.) She is an alum of the Third Rail Mentorship Company, during which time she performed in The Norwegians, Edgar & Annabel, and ID[ea]. Other favorite credits include: Sheri in American Hero; Natalia in Band Geeks; Cinderella in Into The Woods; and Beth in Little Women.

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Introducing the Cast of The Music Man: Caitlin Brooke


Third Rail is thrilled to welcome Caitlin Brooke as Harold Hill (and others) in this August’s concert staging of THE MUSIC MAN!

After 10+ years in NYC and LA, Caitlin is now a Portland-based actor, musician, and instructor. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine, and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University. Recent work includes: Rose in Dogfight (San Francisco Playhouse), Paulina in The Winter’s Tale (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Adriana in The Comedy of Errors (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Clara in Passion (Claire Trevor Theatre), and Clytemnestra in The Electra Project (dir. Mihai Măniuțiu, Romanian National Theatre.)

More at: www.CBrookeCreative.com

Welcome, Caitlin!

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Introducing the Cast of The Music Man: Laura McCulloch


We could not be more excited about the extraordinary cast of THE MUSIC MAN! We are especially thrilled to welcome Laura McCulloch to the Third Rail stage as Quartet 1 (and Others).

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Laura studied Musical Theatre at The Victorian College of the Arts. After a hearty 2 years in London, a variety of cabaret ventures and two contracts as a Lead Production Singer for Holland America Line, Laura landed in the US in 2016 and now calls Portland home. Some of her most memorable roles to date are: Rosie in Mamma Mia (Broadway Rose): Bea in Your Holiday Hit Parade (Broadway Rose); Christine in Phantom (Stumptown Stages); Jennyanydots/Grizabella/Jellylorum in Cats (Australasian Tour); Alexi Darling in RENT (Greenwhich Theatre, London); Felicia Lipschitz in A Class Act (Landor Theater, London.)

Welcome, Laura!

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Introducing the Cast of The Music Man: Merideth Kaye Clark


We could not be more excited about the extraordinary cast of THE MUSIC MAN! We are especially thrilled to welcome Merideth Kay Clark to the Third Rail stage as Quartet 2 (and Others).

Merideth has played definitive leading theatrical roles nationwide, such as Elphaba in the First National Tour of Wicked, Eva Perón in Evita (Northern Stage), Nancy in Oliver! (5th Ave), and has originated roles in two off-Broadway musicals. Clark is a sought-after concert artist described as “plain astonishing” and “a masterful performer” with “powerhouse pipes.” She is a multi-instrumentalist and plays anything with strings, most notably the guitar, dulcimer and viola. Portland credits include: Winter Song (Portland Center Stage); Cathy in The Last Five Years (Portland Center Stage); Tzeitl in Fiddler on the Roof (Portland Center Stage); Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Portland Playhouse); Lilli/Kathryn in Kiss Me Kate (Clackamas Rep) as well as her acclaimed concert with Mont Chris Hubbard, Joni Mitchell’s BLUE.

Welcome, Merideth!

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Spring Fundraiser- A Complete List of Auction Items!


Check out what’s gonna be up for bid at our Spring 2018 Fundraiser:




  1. This Is Us! Need some bragging rights at work or with your friends? Well here it is! Enjoy a curated date night with the nicest guy, the warmest TV-husband, and the coolest dude on NBC’s hit drama “This is Us,” Chris Sullivan, along with Third Rail’s own top-notch talent and tonight’s emcee, Isaac Lamb. Your evening on the town will include a meal and good times!

Value: priceless


  1. Cocktail Party! Did someone say PARTY? Oh yes, gather up your favorite peeps (12 total max) for a cocktail party at the famous MAC club – as in Mary Anne Cassin, Third Rail board member and cocktail maven. Mary Anne will work with you to create a signature cocktail, crafted just to your tastes. Weather permitting, the party will be hosted in Mary Anne and Ken’s beautiful SW Portland garden and will feature yummy taste treats and spectacular views. Do it just because, or for a special occasion. Mary Anne will work with you to find a date that works for you and your guests, and you won’t have any clean-up either!!

Value: $400


  1. Create Your Own Heirloom Jewels! Have fun with 5 friends while you create your own beaded jewelry to keep for yourself or give away as gifts. The class will be taught by a talented and experienced teacher, and includes all needed supplies, examples you can look at for inspiration, wine and cheese! What a fun way to spend an afternoon with your BFFs. The class will happen at a studio in Multnomah Village, so no need to even clean your house. You will each walk away with a necklace, bracelet and earrings!

Value: $300



  1. One Fine Evening! Treat yourself and someone you would like to impress with an evening on the town, courtesy of Third Rail Theatre! Pick any show in the 2018/19 season and you’ll be provided with two great seats. Start your evening at Besaw’s, a Portland institution with great food and walking distance from CoHo Theatre. After the show, walk across the street to savor wine and cheese while you talk over the nuances of the play at Muse Wine Bar. The basket includes tickets to the play, a $100 certificate to Besaw’s, and a $25 certificate for Muse Wine Bar.

Value: $200


  1. Whiskey / Whiskey / Whiskey! For the whiskey lover in the room… get a taste of these special bottles of fine whiskey. The selection includes the best of Irish, American and Scotch versions of “the water of life.” Perhaps a perfect Father’s Day gift or a surprise for the whiskey connoisseur in your life. The basket includes one bottle each of Kilbeggan, Tin Cup and Laphraoig, along with special whiskey glasses and a set of chilling stones.

Value: $150


  1. Third Rail Season and VIP Dinner!  Across time. Across distance. Across barriers. Third Rail’s 2018-2019 Season explores profound connection in three vivid love stories. Experience Third Rail’s brand of excellence in storytelling. Sweetening this deal is a dinner with Managing Artistic Director Maureen Porter at Portland’s renowned Nostrana.  Get an insider’s view on the season to come and then enjoy each of the plays with a flexible subscription that suits your needs. Great for the newcomer or theatre buff, Third Rail season tickets provide a grand opportunity for seeing some of the best live theatre in Portland. Two tickets will be available for each of the plays of the season, all to be performed at CoHo Theatre in NW Portland


Value:  $375



  1. Warm It Up! Before there was Pendleton, there was the Hudson Bay Company. The original design for this iconic green solid wool blanket dates back to the 18th Green was preferred by the Kwakiuti and Nookka First Nationals of the Pacific North West. This wonderful blanket will warm your heart as well as any room you put it in.

Value: $450








  1. Green Thumb Available! You’re a garden lover you say? Take advantage of the know-how, special tips and creative juices of this highly trained and certified Master Gardener. Sheila Martin will meet you at your home to help you in whatever way you need. She’s ready to plan, plant, prune or just weed for three hours. Get your own hands dirty or leave the work to her! She’s friendly, helpful and will leave you feeling like you can get to the garden of your dreams.

Value: $150



  1. Own a Beautiful Piece of History! JoAnn Gilles is a local artist who has been painting and exhibiting professionally in Portland since 1983 with representation locally by Mark Woolley, Heidi McBride &The Attic Gallery. She has also shown in other US venues. “Looking East” was part of a series of four paintings depicting the beauty of Oregon, created for Oregon State University’s Art About Agriculture Invitational Exhibition in 2015. The school purchased one of the four to add to their permanent collection. They own two other Gilles works. The painting is 24” x 24”, mixed media on canvas in a custom-built frame.

Value: $950



  1. More Beer Please! If tonight’s beer whets your whistle, you’ll want more of it! And that’s exactly what you’ll get in this fabulous swag basket provided courtesy of Lagunitas Brewery. The basket includes one case of Lagunitas beer, two pint glasses, one tee shirt, one pair of sunglasses, a bottle opener and a koozie. Get on your Lagunitas!

Value: $40


  1. Blooming Roses All Year Long!Whether you put this gorgeous hand-crafted quilt on your bed, across your sofa, or hang it on the wall, you will create a new centerpiece for any room. Quilted by hand by Bernadette McCullen-Carrick from the Third Rail Power Grid, this 4’ x 5’ quilt is made entirely from soft cotton. Can you even imagine how many hours she put into this labor of love??

Value: $120



  1. Explore Your Hidden Artist! Accomplished artist and teacher, Michele Currie, will lead a still life painting class for up 8 people.  Each participant will walk away with a small canvas of their own creation. It will be hosted at an art studio in NE Portland and all materials are included. Enjoy wine and cheese and toast to creativity. Low stress and maximum fun! Class is approximately 3 hours long and scheduled on a mutually agreeable date, either days or evenings.

Value: $tbd



  1. Wildfang! Just in time for Revolt! Get your badass woman on! This package includes three Wild Feminist T-shirts, 2 accessories, and a $50 gift card.


Value: $220