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NT Live: Curious Incident...
adapted by Simon Stephens
July 13, 2014
World Trade Center Theatre

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National Theatre Live

What's Next at NT Live

What's Next at NT Live

Third Rail Repertory Theatre is proud to present National Theatre Live in Portland.

NT Live is a season of plays captured live in high definition from London’s acclaimed National Theatre and rebroadcast in Portland.

Here are two of the exciting productions planned for NT Live in 2014-2015:

Adapted by Ben Power from the play by Euripides
Directed by Carrie Cracknell

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

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.

by David Hare
Directed by Stephen Daldry

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), broadcast live from the 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.

All screenings will be at the World Trade Center Theater. Screening times will be announced soon.

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Third Rail's Ninth Season Promises to be Eclectic and Electrifying!

A compelling blend of plays populates the 2014-2015 Season


by Will Eno
At the Winningstad Theater
September 26 - October 19

We kick off 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 Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Middletown is a quizzical fable about life in all its sweetness and pain, joy and wonder, beginnings and endings.

The Mystery of Irma Vep
by Charles Ludlam
At the Winningstad Theater
December 5 — January 10

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!

The Night Alive
by Conor McPherson
At the CoHo Theatre
February 20 - March 14

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.

by Amy Herzog
At the CoHo Theatre
March 27 — April 18

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.

by Dan Rebellato
April 24 - May 17
Venue to be Announced

“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.

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