Shining City

January 4, 2008 - February 2, 2008

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center - 5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217

John visits Ian, a psychiatrist, for help with a predicament: his wife won’t leave the house. The problem: she was killed in an automobile accident months ago. A haunting story of guilt, loss and missed connections, in Shining City the ghosts of our past will haunt us or set us free. Nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play.


The play’s construction is precise and literary, each scene arranged with an almost musical sensibility. …Once John begins to reveal the complexity of his feelings for his wife, and once the true extent of Ian’s own issues become clear, Shining City develops an irresistible momentum, with the play’s elegant structure bolstered by thoughtful performances, for yet another solid production from Third Rail.

Portland Mercury


  • Writer Conor McPherson
  • Director Scott Yarbrough
  • Dialect Coach Stephanie Gaslin


  • John Bruce Burkhartsmeier
  • Laurence Chris Harder
  • Neasa Val Landrum
  • Ian Michael O'Connell