July 2015

Third Rail is hitting the ground running this summer! Join us for an evening to discuss our new exciting membership model and get your National Theatre Live fix.

The Audience

July 11

Encore presentation of the award winning favorite starring Helen Mirren. One last chance to see her smashing portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II.

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July 19

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) energetically leads us through this visually stunning version of the 15th century myth.

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Membership Kickoff (LINK)

July 20

You’ve heard whispers and rumors about what’s going on at Third Rail this year… Come be among those to lead us into our tenth year with pop-up performances and a party!


The Ghost of Sean and the Lock-in Weekend

by Third Rail Mentee, Emily Eisele

Back in September of this year, over our first weekend intensive for the Third Rail Mentorship Program (which we later dubbed “Lock-in Weekend”), the Third Rail Mentees were tasked with creating a three-act play about identity in the 21st century.

During one of our sleep-deprived brainstorming sessions, someone introduced the idea of “The Lost Boy Generation.” It seemed obvious to us that the only way to explore this concept was to have all 14 mentees embody Peter Pan-esque Lost Boys and go off gallivanting on adventures throughout the building.

The building was mostly deserted at this point early in the morning, so we had free rein on our expedition to make silly, bold, physically adventurous choices. At one point, mentee Sean Grosshans disappeared for several minutes, and when he finally reappeared we realized he must be a ghost. An elaborate game of hide-and-seek ensued with our phantom friend, with cries of “Ghost of Sean! Ghost of Sean!” heard around every corner. Later on, we discovered a large wheeled trash bin and some rope. With the help of another mentee, Matt Sunderland (who was wearing a costume attached to “horse”), we fashioned the bin into a usable chariot, which we rode valiantly throughout the second floor of the building.

What did I learn from this unique orientation? I learned that I was going to spend the next year working with a group of hilarious, passionate, resourceful artists who wanted to be there as much as I did.

Emily Eisele is one of this season’s Third Rail Mentees. These ambitious, talented, disciplined emerging theater artists come to Third Rail to gain a broader scope of what it is to be an artist of the theatre.