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.
In April, Third Rail returns to the CoHo Theatre, the site of our very first production, for Annie Baker’s Obie-winning play, THE ALIENS. KJ and Jasper hold court on the back patio of the local coffee shop, trying out a new song. Enter Evan Shelmerdine, the nervous new barista, tasked with getting rid of them. Will he succeed or unwittingly become KJ and Jasper’s newest project? THE ALIENS is a surprising, charming, and gentle meditation on friendship, loss, and a generation of young Americans trying to find their place in the world.
“You know when a song starts and it feels loose and chaotic? But then the drums come in and everything makes sense. That’s what he was in my life. He walked into my life and everything made sense. He was the moment when the drums come in.”
Sara’s life is thrown into disorder when her husband, Chris, dies unexpectedly. Trying to cope with her loss she discovers a compilation tape, apparently made for her by him. The only thing is, by the time he died, Chris was profoundly deaf. With the help of a friend she begins to unravel the secret of the tape, hoping that it may be his final message to her from beyond. STATIC is a beautiful, vibrant play of love, music, movement, and the difficulties of connecting no matter the language. In a bold theatrical move, it is also written to be performed bilingually in both English and sign language.
Discount dining deal at Doug Fir Lounge when you see Static
Ticket holders to Static will receive an exclusive discount at the restaurant next door to the Imago Theatre, Doug Fir Lounge (E Burnside and 8th Ave), on the day you see the show. Show your server your ticket to Static to receive a 10% discount on your meal!
NOTE: This offer is only valid on the day you attend the performance (the date on your ticket)
Abby and Zack are newlyweds subletting an apartment in the Belleville area of Paris. She’s a yoga instructor and he’s a physician with Doctor Without Borders. Their life is idyllic, if not especially noteworthy. That is until Abby walks in on Zack with his pants literally around his ankles.
As she starts pulling at little threads having to do with how Zack spends his day, BELLEVILLE builds toward a climax that asks if we can ever truly know another person. This sexy, funny, scary, and tense pseudo-thriller from one of America’s hottest new playwrights will unnerve as quickly as it entertains.
OPB’s State of Wonder
Pair your experience at Belleville with a meal at The Bent Brick
Ticket holders to Belleville will receive a special offer at the fantastic restaurant, The Bent Brick (NW 16th and Marshall). Let your server know you are going to see or have seen Belleville at Third Rail and receive a 10% discount on your meal!
The Bent Brick hours:
Tuesday-Sunday 5-9pm Happy Hour:
Tuesday- Saturday 5-6 pm
Last year Third Rail made a splash at the holidays with our record-setting production of NOISES OFF, which many consider the funniest play written in the past 25 years. This year we’re at it again with perhaps the funniest American play of the past 25 years: Charles Ludlam’s quick change romp, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP.
Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious send up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 50’s horror movies, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchcock’s Rebecca. With elaborate quick changes performed in mere seconds, wildly absurd characters, and an absolute distaste for anything serious, IRMA VEP should be the perfect gut-busting escape from all that holiday noise!
GRAB A BITE AT NEL CENTRO BEFORE THE SHOW!
Ticket holders to Irma Vep will receive a special coupon to the fabulous restaurant nel centro (located just a quick walk from the Winningstad). You’ll receive $10 off when you order two or more entrees in the main dining room the night of the performance. (Your coupon will come with your ticket order.) Thanks nel centro!
We open our season with a play Third Rail has been dying to produce since it was the hit of Portland Center Stage’s 2009 JAW Festival, MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno. The residents of Middletown lead lives that are probably not too different from ours. They wake up, go to work, say hello to their neighbors, fix the plumbing, seek advice on parenting, and try to live lives that are as rewarding as possible. It’s all fairly ordinary. And yet…ordinary doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this quirky, word-frenzied, refraction of OUR TOWN. MIDDLETOWN is a quizzical fable about life in all its sweetness and pain, joy and wonder, beginnings and endings.
The mission of Third Rail Repertory Theatre is to provide a dynamic artistic home for theatre audiences in Portland by fostering a professional local company, which, through collaboration and discipline, brings to life exceptional stories that provoke dialogue, encourage empathy, and inspire curiosity.