In the midst of a Syrian city stricken by war, two young couples meet for a quiet evening at home. In an intimate theatre in America, four actors attempt to make sense of an intriguing international work of art. Guillermo Calderon’s riveting play-within-a-play blazes a trail through the twists and turns of cross-cultural understanding, challenging us to reframe our notions of life, love, and what’s lost in translation.
The Roller Royle. “His quiff? Gravity defying. His stance? All American.” There wasn’t a heart that didn’t skip a beat when his rhythmic hips undulated and those generous lips parted to croon – making all the ladies swoon. He won the “admiration of any man with manhood” and with just a wink and a whisper slayed hearts. He was the Elvis of Ireland, the James Dean of music. He was The Roller Royle. And one night, in a sleepy Irish town filled with gossip and fish, he forever changed the lives of three sisters. The New Electric Ballroom is a coiled, glitter-dusted fable about the stories that come to define us.
The running time of this performance is 80 minutes with no intermission.
Set over the course of a single evening, Aphra Behn – poet, actress, spy, and one of the first professional female playwrights of the Restoration – has the opportunity to land her first commission for a professional company if she can deliver her play by dawn. Complicating this task are an array of lovers and rivals, from a rogue-spy to a blossoming ingenue to the king himself, vying for her time and affections. With echoes of Restoration comedy, quick-change farce, a dash or two of Tom Stoppard, and the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, Or, is a little valentine to love in the theatre.
Dine with Our Neighbors at The Farm Café
Ticket holders to Or, will receive an exclusive discount at the restaurant next door to the Imago Theatre, The Farm (10 SE 7th Ave) on the day you see the show. Show your server your ticket to Or, 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).
The Farm Café hours:
Open 7 nights a week for dinner.
5pm to 11pm Sunday — Thursday
5pm to 11:30pm Friday — Saturday Happy Hours
5pm to 6pm Monday — Friday
9pm to 11pm Sunday — Thursday
9pm to 11:30pm Friday — Saturday
In this call-to-arms, Mach shares an eye-opening look at the current state of America’s public education system. Navigating a minefield of competition, quotas, retention, privatization, class size, corporate welfare, and litigation is tricky on the best of days, but what does any of it have to do with teaching Johnny to read? Told with empathy and humor, and featuring a rich cast of characters, A NOBLE FAILURE is startling in its immediacy and passionate in its plea to ‘Save Our Schools’.
A Noble Failure will be presented as a part of Fertile Ground 2013, Portland’s festival of new and developing works. A limited number of seats will be available for purchase each night using a Fertile Ground festival pass.
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!
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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.