Season 8

Season 8
2013-2014

Sweet and Sad

by Richard Nelson

Sweet and Sad

It’s the 10th Anniversary of September 11 and the Apple family finds itself gathered together in Rhinebeck, NY for an impromptu lunch before heading off to an afternoon memorial service. While Uncle Benjamin rehearses for a reading, the Apples catch up on politics, tell ghost stories, tease each other mercilessly, and confront the difficulties of loss. Filled with humor and sorrow, Sweet and Sad celebrates the challenges and joys of life in the 21st century and features the returning cast from last season’s hit show, That Hopey Changey Thing.

September 27 – October 20, 2013 at Winningstad Theatre
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm

Noises Off

by Michael Frayn

Noises Off

In this ultimate backstage comedy, Dotty has lost her sardines, Garry has lost coherence, Brooke has lost her contact lens (not to mention her clothes), Freddie has lost his funny bone, Belinda has lost her composure, Selsdon has lost his booze, Tim has lost sleep, Poppy has lost her man, and Lloyd has lost control of the worst sex farce in history. What makes a classic a classic? Find out when Third Rail tackles what is arguably the funniest play ever written.

December 6, 2013 – January 11, 2014 at Winningstad Theatre
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm

Gidion’s Knot

by Johnna Adams

Gidion's Knot

Fifth-grader Gidion has been suspended for reasons that his teacher is reluctant to explain. When Gidion’s mother arrives for her scheduled parent/teacher conference, what begins as an uncomfortable exchange evolves into a confrontation that will expose both women to their core. Questioning the limits of freedom of expression, the power of language, parental vs. societal responsibility, and the complex nature of love and loyalty, Gidion’s Knot is a stunning new play that leaves no on unscathed.

February 21 – March 15, 2014 at CoHo Theatre
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm

Midsummer (a play with songs)

by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre

Midsummer (a play with songs)

Helena has a high-paying, powerful job with benefits, a taste for good wine and great food, and a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners attitude. Bob has a low-paying job that could get him killed, reads Dostoyevsky to cheer himself up, and has a social life that peaked in high school. Helena and Bob. Oil and water. Fire and ice. Could a rainy weekend of poor decisions, drunken seductions, crashed weddings, Japanese bondage failures, and mob run-ins put a song in their hearts and bring these two lovebirds together? Midsummer (a play with songs) is a smart, bouncy, surprising, and joyous tale of finding change in the most unlikely of places.

March 28 – April 19, 2014 at CoHo Theatre
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane completes Third Rail’s staging of Martin McDonagh’s Leenane Trilogy, following The Lonesome West and A Skull in Connemara. Maureen Folan is living in her tiny cottage in the village of Leenane, caring for her aging mother, Mag, a woman of many demands and minimal charms. She aches to leave her life of tedium, not to mention her manipulative mother, and opportunity knocks with the appearance of Pato Dooley. So begins a darkly hilarious series of events, leading to a stunning and surprising climax that only Martin McDonagh could have conceived.

May 30 – June 22, 2014 at Winningstad Theatre
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm