That Hopey Changey Thing

That Hopey Changey Thing

by Richard Nelson

October 5 October 28, 2012

Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm

– Winningstad Theatre –
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

It’s Election Day, 2010 and what begins as a simple visit by the Apple siblings to their uncle transforms into an examination of 21st-century American politics. Chekhovian in spirit, That Hopey Changey Thing is the first play in a planned four-play cycle that annually reunites the Apple Family during events of national importance. In an exciting and ambitious project, Third Rail is delighted to present a new play in this series every year for the next four seasons, each featuring the same cast of Third Rail actors.


“The complex and nuanced performances here, under the direction of Scott Yarbrough, bring out all the humor, poignancy and depth…And much as a mother can’t say which child she loves most, there’s no choosing who’s best amid this terrific and well-matched ensemble of actors.” –The Oregonian 

“The skilled cast rouses both quiet empathy and genuine laughter…it’s a compelling introduction to a family worth knowing.” –Willamette Week 

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey

Directed by

Written by


Richard Apple

Barbara Apple

Marian Apple Platt

Jane Apple

Benjamin Apple

Tim Andrews


Stage Manager

Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Props Master

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