Fourth Season of National Theatre Live
Third Rail Rep is delighted to bring you the fourth season (2012-13) of National Theatre Live, broadcasting live performances from the National Theatre in London to cinemas and performing arts venues around the world. Since its first season in 2009, over 800,000 people have experienced the National’s work on movie screens worldwide; screenings are now available in over 160 venues around the UK. The upcoming shows are:
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II. The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen. This new play imagines a series of pivotal meetings between Prime Ministers from Churchill to Cameron and the Queen. Each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
In this new play by James Graham it's 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes.
Third Rail Caps Its "American Season" with A Bright New Boise
Samuel D. Hunter's play is "subtle, nuanced, and funny"
Third Rail is thrilled to introduce Portland to another Obie winner, Samuel D. Hunter, and his bright new comedy about some very serious things, A Bright New Boise. Something’s coming to make things right. Something’s coming to ease your pain. Something’s coming to set you free. Something’s coming . . . Something’s coming . . . Something’s here? What are the odds of God’s final act taking place in the parking lot of the local Hobby Lobby? Better than you might think.
The cast of A Bright New Boise will include company members Tim True, Chris Murray, and Jacklyn Maddux and will feature guest artists Andy Lee Hillstrom and Kerry Ryan. John Vreeke, company member of the esteemed Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C., will direct.
The Los Angeles Times called A Bright New Boise "an anxious and funny look at the messianic and the mundane in America." This shocking and hilarious examination of rural America's love-hate relationship with religion will rock your preconceived notions as surely as it will break your heart.
Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise won the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2011. His other plays include Jack’s Precious Moment, Five Genocides, A Permanent Image, Norway, and his newest plays, The Few and A Great Wilderness. Sam has racked up a number of additional awards, including the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award in 2013, the Whiting Writers Award in 2012, and the Sky Cooper Prize in 2011. He is an ensemble playwright at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, a core member of the Playwrights Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions in New York City, and is currently a Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Sam currently lives in New York City. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Juilliard. His play The Whale recently played to audiences at Playwrights Horizons in New York City, Victory Gardens in the Windy City, and the Denver Center.
A Bright New Boise runs May 31 through June 23 at the Winningstad Theatre at PCPA, 1111 SW Broadway in Portland.
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