The Lonesome West

The Lonesome West

by Martin McDonagh

May 19 – June 17, 2006

Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm

– Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center –
5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Third Rail’s third production moves from the absurd/global to the naturalistic/domestic – but don’t count on things being any more peaceful as a result. With Sam Shepard’s True West, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple and J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World as points of reference, The Lonesome West is a surprising and very funny look at the darker side of family.


“The professional super-company, Third Rail Repertory, presents this madness. Its small, stellar pool of actors always seems perfectly cast, despite playing wildly different characters every time…Watching this wonderful production of his wonderful play is like slipping into a hot bubble bath. The pain eases, the muscles relax, and a notion floats into the mind on a cloud of blissful relief: ‘Yes. It can be done in Portland. It really can.'” –Portland Mercury

“McDonagh’s masterly story invites you to come on in, take a cozy chair in between obstinacy and outright stupidity, and enjoy your stay…Director Scott Yarbrough’s small cast is superb…One of the most entertaining plays in Portland this season.” –Portland Tribune

“Third Rail nails the rhythm of Martin McDonagh’s dark Irish comedy The Lonesome West…The first local production that’s caught the deadpan transgressiveness and hard-slamming beat of McDonagh’s taboo-busting comic style.” –The Oregonian

“Director Scott Yarbrough has chosen Third Rail’s first comedy well. The Lonesome West is about as ambitious as comedies come…It’s a brilliant show.” –Willamette Week

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by


Coleman Connor

Girleen Kelleher

Valene Connor

Father Welsh


Stage Manager

Dialect Coach

Fight Choreographer

Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Props Master


Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association