“Director Rufus Norris gets off to a striking start at the National with Carol Ann Duffy’s stunning update of the medieval morality play. Chiwetel Ejiofor is remarkable.” – Guardian
This really is a show for every man – every person. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) stars.
On Sunday the 19th, we will be screening the new National Theatre Live show, Everyman starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. You can find out more about this stunning classic and book your tickets here.
Third Rail business this week includes company auditions for our season of plays. Casting is a giant jigsaw puzzle, as we need to take into account opportunities for our repertory company, availability of our company members, overlapping production schedules, the vision of the director, and more. Our company members are busy re-reading plays and preparing audition sides as they map out next year’s performance possibilities.
Also up this week is a meeting among the Quarterly Coordinators to work through this quarter’s offerings for our Membership Program and the general public. We have so many exciting events this quarter, including a giant Membership party, a co-production with The Bylines, reading salons, the NT Live Encore Festival, and the opening of our first mainstage show of the season. Remember, if you become a Member of Third Rail, you just pay a monthly fee, and then you get an all-access pass to all of these amazing events! Do it. Seriously. Come play with us.
BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) stars as the title role in this dynamic new production of Everyman, one of English drama’s oldest plays. Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defense. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.
“Thought provoking. Strikingly imaginative. Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a performances of no-holds barred energy and emotional openness.” Independent
Everyman has been a cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century. Originally written in Middle English by an unknown author, the show has been newly adapted by British Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and incorporates tremendous, startling visual effects. Ejiofor has said that this production “should have an event quality. The audience should have an experience that is quite visceral and engaging… I think they also will come away with thoughts and questions about life and about death and the thoughts that we have about those things.” There is nothing about this that you are not going to want to see.
“I wanted it to be a piece of theater that nobody – but nobody – felt excluded from.” – Director and National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris
The mission of Third Rail Repertory Theatre is to provide a dynamic artistic home for theatre audiences in Portland by fostering a professional local company, which, through collaboration and discipline, brings to life exceptional stories that provoke dialogue, encourage empathy, and inspire curiosity.