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Middletown
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Middletown
by Will Eno
September 1, 2014 through October 19, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

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.

Single tickets $33 - $47, Students $24 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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2014-15 NT Live Season
2014-15 NT Live Season
Media | A Streetcar Named Desire | Skylight | Frankenstein | John | Treasure Island
September 13, 2014 through September 30, 2014


National Theater Live Punch Cards and Single Tickets are now on sale!

Medea
by Euripides
Sept 13 - 2pm & 7pm | Sept 14 - 2pm & 7pm
World Trade Center Theater


Terrible things breed in broken hearts.
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she's left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day's grace.
It's time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) takes the title role in Euripides' powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.
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A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
Sept 20 - 2pm & 7pm | Sept 21 - 2pm & 7pm | Oct 26 - 2pm
World Trade Center Theater


Tennessee Williams' timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live with Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC's Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.
As Blanche's fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace - but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics' Circle Award-winning Three Sisters.
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Skylight
by David Hare
Oct 26 - 7pm (Sneak Preview) | Jan 11 - 2pm & 7pm | Jan 17 - 2pm & 7pm
World Trade Center Theater


Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare's Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from London's West End by National Theatre Live.
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
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Frankenstein
directed by Danny Boyle
Nav 14 - 7pm & 10pm | Nov 15 - 2pm & 7pm | Nov 16 - 2pm
World Trade Center Theater


National Theatre Live's thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.
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John
by DV8 Pysical Theater
Jan 18 - 2pm & 7pm | Jan 31 - 2pm & 7pm
World Trade Center Theater


JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+
Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards.
The company's new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience.
Lloyd Newson, DV8's Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.
What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.
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Treasure Island
adapted by Bryony Lavery
Feb 1 - 2pm & 7pm | Mar 14 - 2pm & 7pm
World Trade Center Theater


Suitable for 10 years +
Robert Louis Stevenson's story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.
It's a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor's feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in - and her dangerous voyage begins.
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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!

Middletown
by Will Eno
Sep 26 - Oct 19
Winningstad Theatre


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.
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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!
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The Night Alive
by Conor McPherson
Feb 20 - Mar 14
Coho 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.
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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.
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Static
by Dan Rebellato
Apr 24 - May 17
Theatre TBA


“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.
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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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Location
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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The Mystery of Irma Vep
The Mystery of Irma Vep
by Charles Ludlam
December 5, 2014 through January 10, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

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!

Single tickets $33 - $47, Students $24 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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Cast:
Isaac Lamb


The Night Alive
The Night Alive
by Connor McPhearson
February 20, 2015 through March 14, 2015


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.

Single tickets $29, Students $22 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
Coho Productions
2257 NW Raleigh
Portland, OR 97210
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Cast:
Michael O'Connell, Bruce Burkhartsmeier, Rolland Walsh


Belleville
Belleville
by Amy Herzog
March 27, 2015 through April 18, 2015


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.

Single tickets $29, Students $22 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
Coho Productions
2257 NW Raleigh
Portland, OR 97210
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Cast:
Rebecca Lingafelter


Static
Static
by Dan Rebellato
April 24, 2015 through May 17, 2015


"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.




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