The Pain and the Itch

October 14, 2011 - October 30, 2011

Winningstad Theater - 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

When a mysterious intruder disrupts Thanksgiving dinner, the gloves come off and an already nervous situation takes a turbulent turn for the worse. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris’ wicked comedy of desire, deceit, and family values is guaranteed to get under your skin.


Serving up tricky material with such an abundance of craft and care–including a veritable buffet of vivid, nuanced acting[Third Rail] reinforced their position as the city’s most consistently excellent theater company.

The Oregonian

Third Rail is known for its dark comedies, and The Pain and the Itch qualifies, though “comedy” may be stretching it in the end. The company is also known for its fine acting company, and this show is definitely no exception.



  • Writer Bruce Norris
  • Director Scott Yarbrough
  • Stage Manager Clair Callaway
  • Stage Manager Stephanie Gaslin
  • Scenic Designer Sean O'Skea
  • Costume Designer Emily Horton
  • Lighting Designer Don Crossley
  • Sound Designer Cecil Averett


  • Mr. Hadid John San Nicholas
  • Kelly Valerie Stevens
  • Clay Damon Kupper
  • Cash Duffy Epstein
  • Kalina Amy Beth Frankel
  • Carol Jacklyn Maddux