In the rehearsal room of a community choir, Claire and her colleague encounter a visitor who makes an impossible demand: “I have one bullet left. Which one of you is it for?” A flash. An instant. One moment is all it takes to irrevocably change a life, a family, and a community. Weaving together bold theatricality, unflinching storytelling, and live local community choirs, David Greig’s daring and powerful play explores our desire to fathom the unfathomable and asks how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity. Winner of a 2013 Scotsman First Fringe Award.
Young anarchists try to bring down the Establishment. The police try to stop them. Push to the left, push to the right. Push far enough and you’ll be surprised who you’ll meet. Based on real events in 1970s Britain, The Angry Brigade is a thrilling, funny, theatrical explosion of two halves. Be ready for one of the most compelling plays in Third Rail’s history.
Last year Third Rail’s Wild Card events kicked off with the jazz-inspired pop band The Bylines. The show, with original music by lead singer Marianna Thielen and pianist Reece Marshburn, a killer band, and featuring special guest actors and dancers, was a resounding success— so much so that Third Rail is bringing them back this summer for more. The Willamette Week describes their music as having an “all-access pop sound that samples generously from its past, but has trudged into the future, filling a keen sonic niche all its own.” Their story-driven writing is innovative, fun, and heartfelt, their delivery both dynamic and charming, and the evening promises to be a magical one.
See The Bylines in action HERE!
Twenty years ago Emma walked out on Ulysses in the middle of the night, taking their young son with her. That’s given Ulysses two decades to write his magnum opus, perfect his naked cooking techniques, and move into a dingy trailer with a phone-eating dog. But when Emma hears that he’s also battling for his life, she returns to hash out the best and worst of their marriage, and the mysterious circumstances of the night she left.
Annapurna by Sharr White is an hilarious, heartbreaking look at the enormous power of forgiveness.
The Bylines have spent years performing in clubs, music venues, and at festivals. They know how to write good songs and put on entertaining shows. But this show is different. “We’re getting a little more personal…a little more intimate, a little more theatrical…..this is something you will sit up in your seat for, a story you will get caught up in. We’re partnering with Third Rail Repertory Theatre, a company that knows us and believes in what we do.”
Written by Reece Marshburn and Marianna Thielen
The show will start at 7:30 at the Imago and run for about 90 minutes with an “after party” to follow each performance. This will be an opportunity for the audience to make requests and each night surprise guests, including members of Third Rail, will show up to perform with Marianna and Reece. (Amy Beth Frankel tap dancing?? You’ll have to come to find out….) The Imago Theatre is an intimate space that seats up to 200 people. Beer, wine and snacks will be available in the lobby. It is located in the heart of SE Portland with myriad places to dine or enjoy preshow cocktails.
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