Shows featuring Scott Yarbrough's work


The Nether

The Nether is:

  1. the next generation of the Internet
  2. an expansive world of virtual realities and lifelike sensation
  3. a frontier of endless exploration with no laws and limitless possibilities
  4. your worst nightmare
  5. all of the above

Morris has been assigned to investigate rumors of bizarre and terrifying behavior in The Nether, an online virtual realm where technology can realistically simulate all five of our senses. As her investigation takes her deeper and deeper into this mysterious world, she’s forced to face truths about herself that she never knew existed. The Nether is a chilling look into an inevitable future, one that asks: can morality and laws be enforced in a world that doesn’t actually exist.


The Realistic Joneses

Meet Jennifer and Bob. They’re the Joneses. Meet Pony and John. They’re also the Joneses. They’re next door neighbors. Keeping up with them can feel awfully familiar in this hilarious and humane look at how we live. Literate and slyly hilarious this award-winning play dives deep below the surface with subtle grace.

Michael O'Connell & Darius Pierce

Mr. Kolpert

What do a mysterious trunk, an Orwellian pizza ordering system, architectural design, tiramisu, Marilyn Monroe, Goofy, Bill Clinton, chaos theory, ropes, gags, and the world’s worst boss have in common?  You’ll find out in a play that Variety described as “a wicked treat for the morbidly inclined — a bonbon filled with arsenic.” One part Albee, one part Hitchcock, one part Tarantino, Mr. Kolpert is a play we’ve been dying to produce since day one. Comedy doesn’t come much blacker or better than this.

*Please note that this production is intended for mature audiences.

Kelly Goddell, Rolland Walsh

A Lesson From Aloes

A psychological mystery of survival and politics, this award-winning play is considered by many to be Fugard’s masterpiece.

Set in apartheid-era South Africa, Aloes shows how a nation’s ideology creates an atmosphere that is either nurturing or poisonous. At what point does personal survival outweigh social justice? What happens to a friendship undermined by fear and paranoia? What can be done when mere existence is considered an act of treason?


Number Three

Third Rail is proud to present this world premiere by local playwright Ebbe Roe Smith.

Set in 1950’s America, Number Three is the heartbreaking, hilarious story of the youngest child in a military family.


The Pavilion

With The Pavilion, Third Rail returns to the universe of Craig Wright (Recent Tragic Events ), who tackles metaphysical questions with compassionate humor and bold theatricality.

Set in a dance hall in small-town Minnesota, a twenty-year high school reunion provides the backdrop for Wright’s cosmic distillation of time, choice and irrevocability. When the “Cutest Senior Couple” of 1986 meets on the dance floor, will their flame be rekindled or will their history tear them to pieces?


The Lonesome West

Our third production moves from the absurd/global to the naturalistic/domestic – but don’t count on things being any more peaceful as a result.

With Sam Shepard’s True West, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple and J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World as points of reference, the play is a surprising and very funny look at the darker side of family.


Dirty Story

In this savage, very funny play by John Patrick Shanley (Tony- and Pulitzer-award-winning Doubt, Moonstruck), a familiar story of domestic strife takes a twist that will make audiences gasp. In the hands of Third Rail Repertory Theatre, this promises to be a thrilling and provocative evening of theater. Director Scott Yarbrough has assembled a dynamite quartet of actors: company members Valerie Stevens and Michael O’Connell (both of whom recently received Drammy awards for their work in Third Rail’s first production, Recent Tragic Events) are joined by Damon Kupper (last seen in Artist Rep’s Death of a Salesman) and the venerable Ted Roisum.

Third Rail delivers it with that giddy combination of talent, humor, and professionalism.Portland Mercury

A dizzyingly clever thrill ride from brainy and dark to howlingly funny, this play is not to be missed.Portland Tribune

A deliciously savage comedy… a bristling, fiercely smart production from Third Rail Repertory Theatre.The Oregonian

…hilariously rendered by Third Rail’s cast of pros…Willamette Week


Recent Tragic Events

In the West Coast premiere of this stunning new comedy by Craig Wright (writer on HBO’s Six Feet Under), Recent Tragic Events places the enormity of world tragedy in context – a dazzling, delirious context of uncanny blind dates, drinking games, and Joyce Carol Oates. Craig Wright frames 9/11 in a splendidly cracked rear view mirror, becoming a catalyst for examination of who or what is running our lives.

Do we really have a choice, or are we mere puppets espousing freedom?


That Hopey Changey Thing

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, HOPEY CHANGEY 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 be the only company in the country (besides the Public Theatre in New York) to present a new play in this series every year for the next four seasons, each featuring the same cast of Third Rail actors!