Articles about Bloody Sunday


December 2015

We are fully into the holiday season. But among the carol-singing, cider-drinking, dreidel-spinning, and merry-making, there will also be a lot happening at Third Rail!

NT Live: The Beaux’ Strategem

December 5

A wild comedy of love and cash. Two charming, dissolute young men have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield – to marry for money. “Fresh, relevant and unstoppably entertaining” – Observer

NT Live: Coriolanus

December 6

Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, featuring an award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The AvengersWar Horse).

Unfailingly vivid – intelligent, brisk and brutal.Metro

Bloody Sunday Reading (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

December 13

We don’t tell you what play we’re reading beforehand, but we guarantee you’ll hear a play we are considering for production – and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with us about it afterward.

Mr. Kolpert – First Read and Design Presentation (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

December 29

All month, we will be having production meetings leading up to the start of Mr. Kolpert rehearsals. We’re giddy to be finally producing this show and we’d love to have you with us from the beginning. Hear the actors dive into this electric text and enjoy the designers’ presentations of their concepts for the world of the play. This is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes peek into Third Rail’s process.

December brings you three Members Only Events! So if you’ve been considering becoming a Member, December is a good month to give yourself this gift!

Best wishes and happy holidays to all!


November 2015

We have a little bit of everything for you this November.

The Realistic Joneses

Closes November 14

You want a Main Stage show?
We’ve got two final weekends of The Realistic Joneses. to offer! The reception to this show has been tremendous, with beautiful reviews from news outlets and patrons alike:

…something much richer, much deeper and much more hilarious than anyone could have imagined.The Oregonian

This play is brilliant.Patron on Facebook

Still plenty of time to experience it for yourself!

PETE: All Well

Closes November 1

You want a Wild Card?
PETE’s All Well just slips into November as it closes on the 1st. But due to popular demand, they’ve added an extra performance at 7:30 that night! There may just be a hammock or two left if you want to sink into this unique experience.

Hamlet

November 14, 15, 21 & 22

You want an NT Live screening?
We keep adding showings of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch and you keep filling the theatre! Get tickets while you can to the fastest selling show in National Theatre history and an excellent, singular production of the classic tragedy.

Bloody Sunday Reading (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

November 15

You want a Bloody Sunday reading?
Well, that’s where we’ll be the morning of Sunday, November 15th. We don’t tell you what play we’re reading beforehand, but we guarantee you’ll hear a play we are considering for production – and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with us about it afterward.

You want to see all of these for under $30?
That’s an easy one. Become a Member! There’s no time like now…

We’ll see you around the theatre!


See Or, Before It’s Gone!

There is only one more weekend to see Or,! Yes, just one. You do not want to be among the people who miss the show the Portland Monthly called “a witty, bawdy, frothy Restoration-era spy thriller in the vein of Tom Stoppard”. The reviews for this show have been stellar, though personally you had us at “bawdy, spy thriller.” Get your tickets before this one is gone!

And it’s never too late to become a Member, which would get you access to closing weekend of Or, opening weekend of The Realistic Joneses, NT Live’s Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, PETE’s All Well, and a Bloody Sunday reading. That’s over $130 worth of programming for only $29.33…and that is just October!

So…what are you still doing reading this blog? Get to clicking!


October 2015

October is shaping up to be an exciting month at Third Rail. Honestly, all of the months are exciting here but we really do believe October is going to be particularly special (and you can tell July we said that!). Why will October be so notable?

Or,

Closes October 10

So, we start the month with the last two weekends of this wonderful production. If you have not yet seen it, you are missing a truly excellent play about one of the first female playwrights, written by one of the great modern female playwrights, and starring two of Portland’s greatest female actors. It’s not too late to start your Third Rail October with us by seeing Or,!

The Realistic Joneses

Opens October 23

Not two weeks later, we open our next show, The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno – who wrote last year’s hit, Middletown. Directed by Company Member Rebecca Lingafelter and starring Company Members Michael O’Connell, Kerry Ryan, and Darius Pierce, along with guest artist Dana Green, who you may remember from her Drammy-nominated work in Gidion’s Knot. This is an hilarious and deeply human play that will gracefully and humorously grab the baton from Or,.

PETE: All Well

October 27 – November 1

Following the success of The Bylines: Meant to Be, October also bring us our second Wild Card! PETE: All Well looks to be a unique immersive experience: a sound-installation which will envelop audiences in the pitch black world of an icebound ship. Featuring a soundscape by PETE’s resident sound designer and Third Rail Company Member Mark Valadez, each performance will be limited to 25 audience members who will experience the piece from the comfort of their own hammock. With only 25 hammocks available each show, you’ll want to make sure you reserve your tickets as soon as possible.

Hamlet

October 18th

October also sees the beginning of perhaps our most anticipated NT Live screening ever – Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Our Hamlet engagement began with four scheduled screenings which sold out so quickly that we have already added four additional showings. Get tickets while you can, they certainly won’t be around much longer.

Bloody Sunday Reading (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

October 25

As is true every month, we’ll also have a Bloody Sunday reading of a show we are considering for future production. Bloody Sunday readings are Members Only events and a unique way to peek inside the Third Rail process. In fact, October is going to be one of the best possible months to become a member – for under $30, you would have unlimited access to two Main Stage productions, a Wild Card production, and NT Live’s Hamlet – over $130 in programming! So the only question left is…

What are you waiting for?!?


September 2015

As you know, every week, Third Rail sends out detailed information about what exciting events and projects we have for the coming week. But! Every four (or so) weeks, we get to give you an overview of a whole month! This is an enticing way to see what you have to look forward to over the next few weeks and it is a good quick-glance at just how much is happening with Third Rail and how many different ways we all have to interact with each other, especially if you are a Member! So. Here is September!

Mentee Intensive Presentation (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

September 6

We cannot wait for our new class of Mentees to get started! This is a dynamic and diverse group of actors, directors, and designers who have traveled from all over to work and train with us for a year. You may have met a few of our Mentees at the first read of Or,. Labor Day weekend, they begin their year with an intense three days of collaborative art making. Please join us as they present their work – and themselves – to the community! Expect surprises and high voltage energy from this talented group of theatre makers.

Or,

Opens September 18

Then! We present our fall show, Or,! With echoes of Restoration comedy, quick-change farce, a dash or two of Tom Stoppard, and the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, Or, is a little valentine to love in the theatreThird Rail Company Members are all over this show with director Philip Cuomo, actors Maureen Porter and Damon Kupper, and designers Kristeen Willis CrosserMark Valadez, and Drew Dannhorn. Joining them are Third Rail favorites Amy Newman, Jessica Bobillot, and Owen Walz.

The Realistic Joneses – First Read and Design Presentation (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

September 14

Even before we have opened Or,, we will have the first read for our next show, Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses! We are thrilled to be presenting another show by the brilliant Will Eno (Middletown) – the first show of his to have had a Broadway run. Be among the first people in Portland to hear this beautiful, hilarious text out loud.

Bloody Sunday Reading (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

September 27

Finally, we have another Bloody Sunday play reading. Join us for a reading of a play that is under consideration by the company along with nibbles and morning appropriate cocktails. Who needs brunch when you have good theatre and Bloody Marys?

That is September in a nutshell! Keep an eye out for more details and more Third Rail goings on throughout the month. And we’ll see you around the theater!




What’s a Bloody Sunday?

A tremendous amount of work and consideration goes into the curating of our main stage shows. It is a complex process with many moving parts and at Third Rail it is a collective effort. One of the primary considerations is, of course, if it lights a fire in us. Does it get us talking? Curious? Debating? When a play comes across our collective desks and grabs our attention enough that we would consider producing it, the next step is to get together and read the show aloud. Scripts are wonderful to read, but those words are written to be spoken. Reading the play out loud brings it to life, opens up the story, unleashes the language and reveals the themes. At that point we can dig deep into why it is (or isn’t) a Third Rail play.

As we throw the doors open wide with our Membership Program we invite Members to join us monthly for this process; sit in on readings of plays we are considering. We’re calling them Bloody Sunday Readings because if we don’t like the show, whoever suggested it loses a finger. Just kidding. It is more likely called that because you will be able to listen to the show while nibbling snacks and sipping a Bloody Mary (or some other appropriate morning beverage). This is one of the more exciting ways that we are opening up our process and inviting deeper conversation with our audience. Bloody Sunday Readings are for Members only! So, please consider becoming a Member!

Our inaugural Bloody Sunday is at 10:00 AM on August 23rd at Imago Theatre! Will you join us? We think the idea of a Sunday morning hanging out with you, our Members, hearing plays, talking about theatre, and drinking before noon sounds pretty darn good. Call the box office at (503-235-1101) and let us know you are coming so we can make sure to have enough chairs, danishes and drinks.