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Midsummer (a play with songs)
by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre
March 28, 2014 through April 19, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

Helena has a high-paying job with benefits, a taste for good wine, and a no-nonsense take-no-prisoners attitude. Bob has a low-paying job that could get him killed, a taste for dark stout, and the world's most forgettable nickname. 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 is a smart, bouncy, surprising, joyous, and song-filled comedy about fighting tooth and nail to not fall in love.




Location
Coho Productions
2257 NW Raleigh
Portland, OR 97210
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Cast:
Isaac Lamb
Cristi Miles
Artistic:
Director - Philip Cuomo
Set Design - Demetri Pavlatos
Lighting Design - Kristeen Crosser
Sound Design - Mark Valadez
Assistant Director - Sascha Blocker
Dramaturgy - Brian Myers and Ellen Walkey
Production:
Production Manager - Don Crossley
Stage Manager - Jory Bowers
Run Crew - Karen Hill
Props - Kaye Blankenship
Master Electrician - Jason Winslow
Set Construction - Lunar Theatrical


NT Live: King Lear
NT Live: King Lear
By William Shakespeare
May 17, 2014 through May 18, 2014
May 17th @ 2pm and 7pm, May 18th @ 2pm

Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (James Bond: Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.


Single tickets $20, Seniors 65+ $18, Students $15 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
World Trade Center Theater
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204
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Cast:
Stephen Boxer
Cassie Bradley
Tom Brooke
Richard Clothier
Jonathan Dryden Taylor
Paapa Essiedu
Kate Fleetwood
Colin Haigh
Simon Manyonda
Anna Maxwell Martin
Daniel Millar
Michael Nardone
Gary Powell
Simon Russell Beale
Adrian Scarborough
Hannah Stokely
Stanley Townsend
Sam Troughton
Olivia Vinall
Ross Waiton
Artistic:
Sam Mendes-Director
Anthony Ward-Designer
Paul Pyant-Lighting Designer
Jon Driscoll-Video Designer
Terry King-Fight Director
Paddy Cuneen-Music
Paul Arditti-Sound Designer


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Mark Haddon, Adapted by Simon Stephens
May 24, 2014 through July 14, 2014
Saturday, May 24th at 2pm & 7pm, Sunday, May 25th at 2pm & 7pm. Sunday, July 13th at 2pm & 7pm.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

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Single tickets $20, Seniors 65+ $18, Students $15 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
World Trade Center Theater
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204
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Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas.



The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonagh
May 30, 2014 through June 22, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

Third Rail rounds out the season by completing the critically acclaimed Leenane Trilogy, which began with The Lonesome West and continued in 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. Finish the year with Third Rail by celebrating the breakthrough work that brought Irish storytelling kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.



Location
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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A Small Family Business
A Small Family Business
by Alan Ayckbourn
June 28, 2014 through June 29, 2014
Saturday, June 28 at 2pm & 7pm, Sunday June 29th at 2pm.

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.


(Single tickets $28-$32, Students $15 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
World Trade Center Theater
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204
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2014-15 Season Subscription
2014-15 Season Subscription
Join us for a night less ordinary. Let Third Rail move you.
September 26, 2014 through March 14, 2015


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Third Rail is beyond thrilled to announce our 9th season of plays that will chill you, tickle your funny bone, speak to you, thrill you, and pull you to the edge of your seat. Join us next year and let Third Rail move you!

The Night Alive
by Conor McPherson
Sep 26 - Oct 19
Winningstad Theatre


Tommy has been renting a room in his uncle’s house for a few years, doing odd-jobs and trying get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy, Doc. Not a fan of the past, Tommy barely keeps his ex-wife and kids at arms length. One night he offers a helping hand to Aimee, a young woman in distress, a choice which fills both their lives with unexpected promise. But unforeseen evil lurks around the corner and they soon find that their pasts won't let go so easily. Conor McPherson’s THE NIGHT ALIVE is a joyous, funny, terrifying and amazing new work by an author known for amazing works.

The Mystery of Irma Vep
by Charles Ludlam
Dec 5 - Jan 10
Winningstad Theatre


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!

Static
by Dan Rebellato
* American Premiere
Feb 20 - Mar 14
Coho Theatre


“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 British Sign Language.

Belleville
by Amy Herzog
Mar 27 - Apr 18
Coho Theatre


Abby and Zack are newlyweds subletting an apartment in the Belleville area of Paris. She’s a yoga instructor and he’s a 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.

Middletown
by Will Eno
May 29 - June 21
Winningstad Theatre


We wrap up 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.

From our humble beginnings at the IFCC to our current homes in the Winningstad and Coho theaters, from one-off productions to a season of 5 shows, the story of Third Rail is a story of growth. Join us next season and see what all the fuss is about.

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Portland, OR 97205
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