Articles about Imago Theatre


September 7 – September 13 2015

Up this week is set, lights, and sound load-in for Or, in preparation for tech this coming weekend. Our designers and production team members are working round-the-clock to get the production performance-ready. And, seriously, wait until you see the design on this one. You’ll be amazed at the transformation made in the Imago space.

This coming weekend is also the Viewpoints Intensive for the members of our Mentorship Program. As you may know, Mentees receive professional training and form their own company-within-a-company at Third Rail. For this weekend’s intensive training workshop, Mentees will explore Viewpoints, a performance language that articulates specific elements of time and space, and emboldens practitioners to generate strong theatrical work spontaneously and intuitively. This training will promote collaboration for the Mentees, as well as a sense of ensemble, both fundamental values to the Third Rail mission. Instructor and Core Company Member Rebecca Lingafelter brings her chops to this workshop, drawing on her own training with two Viewpoints visionaries, Anne Bogart and Mary Overlie.

It’ll be a busy week here at Third Rail. We can’t wait to show you the fruits of our labor.


Don’t Miss The NT Live Encore Festival This Weekend!

Binge watching. It’s how we consume our media these days. It’s the most common method to watch television shows after they have gone off the air, or catch up on a film series before the next one hits the theatres. Perhaps some of you have even traveled to Ashland to binge watch live theatre and see 45 shows in two days?

Well, we’re getting in on the action. Third Rail is now offering you the opportunity to binge watch your favorite 2014-15 shows from National Theater Live in London. Starring Ralph FiennesJames FrancoChris O’DowdBill NighyCarey MulliganMark Strong, and more! Third Rail is proud to be sharing them with you all weekend, August 28 – 30.

You can purchase individual tickets; a punch card for six discounted tickets; or as a Member, you would have unlimited access to every NT Live showing all season (and yes, unlimited means you can come more than once). Whether you are seeing one show or all six, come see us at the NT Live Encore Festival!!

Man and Superman
– Friday (8/28) at 7:00 pm – Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes stars in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Treasure Island
 – Saturday (8/29) at 11:00 am – Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation. Suitable for 10years +

Of Mice and Men
 – Saturday (8/29) at 3:00 pm – James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in this landmark Broadway revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s powerful portrait of the American spirit.

Skylight
 – Saturday (8/29) at 7:00 pm – Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in David Hare’s riveting play about former lovers locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

A View From the Bridge
 – Sunday (8/30) at 2:00 pm – A stellar cast, led by Mark Strong, brings to life this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece.

JOHN
 – Sunday (8/30) at 7:00 pm – Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre creates an intense, moving theatrical experience about a man’s extraordinary and touching journey. Suitable for 18yrs+.

All screening will be at Imago Theatre17 SE 8th Avenue, 97214.


August 24 – August 30 2015

This week, we send August out with a bang!

Our mainstage shows are in full swing. Or, will be having a production meeting. The Realistic Joneses will be having a preliminary design meeting about set and costumes. But! This week belongs to NT Live. Specifically, our NT Live Encore Festival! All of your favorite screenings from the past year in one weekend of theatrical excellence. See your favorites one more time and catch the ones you missed!

There are three ways to get in the room with us for NT Live…
1) Single tickets are $20 (with discounts for Students and Seniors).
2) Punch cards for 6 screenings are $96.
3) Become a Third Rail Member for the low monthly fee of $29.33 and receive UNLIMITED access to many events, including all NT Live screenings.

We have something for everyone this weekend. So, we’ll see everyone there!

Man and Superman
– Friday (8/28) at 7:00 pm – Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes stars in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Treasure Island
– Saturday (8/29) at 11:00 am – Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation. Suitable for 10years +

Of Mice and Men
– Saturday (8/29) at 3:00 pm – James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in this landmark Broadway revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s powerful portrait of the American spirit.

Skylight
– Saturday (8/29) at 7:00 pm – Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in David Hare’s riveting play about former lovers locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

A View From the Bridge
– Sunday (8/30) at 2:00 pm – A stellar cast, led by Mark Strong, brings to life this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece.

JOHN
– Sunday (8/30) at 7:00 pm – Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre creates an intense, moving theatrical experience about a man’s extraordinary and touching journey. Suitable for 18yrs+.

All screening will be at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Avenue, 97214.




NT Live Encore Festival Preview

If you’re a fan of NT Live, then we have the perfect weekend for you; and if you’re not familiar with NT Live, then we have the perfect immersive introduction: Our National Theatre Live Encore Festival! We’re bringing back all your 2014-15 favorites for a weekend of non-stop NT Live fun. Six shows in three days. Come see one you missed. Come see one you loved again. Come see National Theatre Live presented at Imago for the first time!

National Theatre Live (NT Live) is the National Theatre of London’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre from the London stage to screens around the world. Third Rail was the first Portland presenter of these amazing productions, captured live onstage and presented locally in high-definition video.

Individual show tickets are available at Adult, Senior, and Student rates. Or you can get a pass to all six shows for $96. OR, you can become a Third Rail member and gain unlimited access to every NT Live screening – not just during the Festival – as well as all Third Rail programming for a low monthly fee of $29.33.

Details about the Festival are below. But fair warning… before you read this, you’re going to want to sit down

Man and Superman
 – Friday (8/28) at 7:00 pm
Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes stars in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Treasure Island
 – Saturday (8/29) at 11:00 am
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation. Suitable for 10 years +.

Of Mice and Men
 – Saturday (8/29) at 3:00 pm
James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in this landmark Broadway revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s powerful portrait of the American spirit.

Skylight
 – Saturday (8/29) at 7:00 pm
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in David Hare’s riveting play about former lovers locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

A View From the Bridge
 – Sunday(8/30) at 2:00 pm
A stellar cast, led by Mark Strong, brings to life this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece.

JOHN
 – Sunday (8/30) at 7:00 pm
Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre creates an intense, moving theatrical experience about a man’s extraordinary and touching journey. Suitable for 18 years +.


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.


Third Rail Moves to Imago Theatre

As some of you know, Third Rail is moving to Imago, and let me just say: I am PREPARED. Must be something in the water: in the last month, I’ve moved myself into a new apartment, I helped my best friend up move to Seattle, and, former mentee and fellow company member Kaye Blankenship is moving out to New York City. Kaye will be driving herself, her dog, and all her worldly treasures due east at the exact time that we will be packing up our office. Needless to say, we’ve got plenty of boxes, and my biceps are growing at an alarming rate.

In the past three years our office and rehearsal space has been in one location, we’ve performed at the Winningstad and at CoHo, and we’ve presented National Theatre Live at the World Trade Center. All of these places have served us well in different ways – our office space was expansive, the Winnie allowed us to do bigger productions than ever before (did you see Noises Off??), the CoHo provided a venue in which to get intimate, and the WTC has been a venue, right in the heart of Portland, where we all can gather to watch world-class theatre together.

Unfortunately, that sprawl has its downsides, too. For a small, artist-driven organization such as ourselves, these multiple venues with disparate systems for rental agreements, financial reconciliations, and logistics, spread our resources thin. We are so thrilled to be moving all our operations to one location – Imago Theater. It’s almost hard to conceive of how nice it will be to rehearse in the same building that we perform in!

Within the next three years, our goal is to have a home of our very own. When we as a company talk about what it would mean to own our own space, the room fills up with possibilities – Isaac wants to have a little oaky gastropub as part of our building, we’ve talked about having the ability to host other companies – we want to create not just a theatre, but a cultural epicenter, a dynamic artistic home. Good venues are scarce in this city, currently, and it would be a dream come true to build a new one, and create a home not just for ourselves but for other artists who inspire us. What if we were home to a dance company? What if we had an art gallery?

In the meantime, the folks at Imago have generously offered Third Rail an interim residency that allows us to pull all our operations under one roof, leaving time to plan wisely for the future. I’m so excited about what will come out of the collaboration between these two longstanding organizations working in partnership.

So this week, I’m rolling my sleeves up. I’m getting ready to sweat. I’m preparing to sip a mojito while watching Scott Yarbrough build some walls. Third Rail isn’t just a company that puts on plays– we’re a group of individuals who can make anything happen when we put our minds to it. We’re all in, and we’re all hands on deck.

– Jory Bowers, Third Rail Company Member