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Mr. Kolpert Cast and Creative Team

You’ve waited long enough! Time to unveil the creative team that will bring you the unique world of Mr. Kolpert!

First, let’s meet the director. You know him, you love him, you’ve seen his masterful work – Mr. Kolpert is being helmed by our own Artistic Director Scott Yarbrough. He will be assisted by a member of this year’s Mentership company, Alan Cline. This is just one of the many ways that our Mentorship company members have an opportunity to both learn and actively contribute to Third Rail!

The Team:
Dialect Coach: Company Member Stephanie Gaslin, who has performed on stage and has coached our dialects countless times.

Lighting Designer:
Company Member Jennifer Lin, who is not only a lighting designer, but also quite recently – a new mother!

Production Manager:
Company Member Kristeen Willis Crosser, who excels at essentially all of the jobs that are needed to make a show happen.

Costume Designer:
Emily Horton, who we are happy to have designing for us again, after numerous shows, such as Static and Noises Off.

Brian Myers and Ellen Walkley, who have each worked on shows over the past couple of seasons, but joyfully join forces to try to untangle the complex Mr. Kolpert.

Props Master:
Charlotte Wallis, who we thankfully met as part of the Stage Crew on The Realistic Joneses and now we’re never letting her go!

Scenic Designer: Larry Larsen, who has designed sets all over town, including Third Rail’s A Bright New Boise.

Stage Manager:
Kelly Cullom, who is a widely experienced Stage Manager and recently directed Theatre Vertigo’s The Drunken City.

The Cast:
Company Member Stephanie Gaslin (Edith), who you may remember as our Dialect Coach from earlier in this blog post. It has been a few years and we are thrilled to have her back on our stage.

Company Member Rolland Walsh (Ralf), who has performed with us many times, most recently in Static and The Night Alive.

Leif Norby
(Bastian), who we welcome back with open arms after his roles with us in The Mystery of Irma Vep and his Drammy-winning turn in Grace.

Kelly Godell
(Sarah), who is becoming a familiar face at Third Rail after her roles in Static and Noises Off.

Chip Sherman (The Pizza Man) who makes his Third Rail debut with Mr. Kolpert!

This is a fantastic team tackling a wild, darkly funny play. We cannot wait to show you their creation!

Don’t Miss the Mentorship Company’s Presentation

At 11:00 am on the morning of Monday, September 6th, Third Rail Company Members and any Members who wish to attend will be treated to a brand new theatrical presentation created in 36 hours by our new Mentorship Company. They will have been working hard (and sleeping little) to bring us this fully produced performance in answer to a question posed by their mentors Michael O’Connell, Rebecca Lingafelter, and Kristeen Willis Crosser.

These actors, directors, and designers will be a presence with Third Rail for the next year and this performance will be a beautiful way to meet them and let them meet you! These Mentees have come from all over the country and, in past years, many Mentees have decided to stay in Portland and have become valuable, active members of our community.

Please come show your support for these emerging artists and be able to gloat about how you knew them when! But remember – this event is for Members only! So, first, become a Member and then spend the first of many mornings at your new, dynamic artistic home!

Or, A Little Valentine to Love in the Theatre

Our next production is Or, by the extraordinary, contemporary American playwright Liz Duffy Adams. We have long been a fan of Adams’s work and are thrilled to be sharing it with you! Or, premiered in 2009 at the Women’s Project Theater in New York.

Set over the course of a single evening, Aphra Behn – poet, actress, spy, and one of the first professional female playwrights of the Restoration – has the opportunity to land her first commission for a professional company if she can deliver her play by dawn. Complicating this task are an array of lovers and rivals, from a rogue-spy to a blossoming ingénue to the king himself, vying for her time and affection. 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 theatre.

Our production is being helmed by director Philip Cuomo with Maureen Porter playing the poet/actress/spy/playwright Aphra Behn. It also stars Damon Kupper and Amy Newman playing six roles between them! Cuomo, Porter, and Kupper are long-time Third Rail Company Members and Newman has been a favorite on our stage in Noises OffMiddletown, and her Drammy-winning performance in Gidion’s Knot.

Our design team includes Company Member Kristeen Willis Crosser (Set), Company Member Mark Valadez (Sound), Company Member Drew Dannhorn (Props), Jessica Bobillot (Costumes), and Owen Walz (Lighting). It is a brilliant team creating a world straddling the 1660’s and the 1960’s. It is going to be a treat to see how they transform the space at Imago!

“[Adam’s] language has a natural period flavor and a formidable wit; her characters possess the spark of fully animated spirits; and she weaves into her story both biographical detail and cultural context with grace. More remarkably, the play succeeds on its own terms as a potted pastiche of Restoration comedy as well as a lively showcase for the actors.” The New York Times

September 18, 2015 – October 10, 2015
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
17 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Tickets are available now! (Though, you can attend the show as much as you like by becoming a Member!)

Introducing The Mentorship Company

Labor day weekend. Many people are taking last camping trips for the season. Many people are having barbecues and drinking Mai Tais. Many people are shopping at Back-to-School sales. But not our Mentorship Company! They will be spending their weekend working hard together as they start their year with us.

On Friday evening, they will join Company Members Michael O’Connell, Rebecca Lingafelter, and Kristeen Crosser. After some introductory exercises, the three Company Members will give the Mentees their project for the weekend. They will have 36 hours to create a complete, fully produced performance with a beginning, a middle and an end. In this performance, they introduce themselves and answer a question posed by their Mentors. Then, at 11 am on Sunday morning September 6, the Mentees will perform their work for the Company and for any Members who join us!

In the past, we have been blown away by the outcome of their projects and we have been inspired by their work. This group of Mentees is a wonderful collection of artists, so we expect we will once again be sincerely impressed! Expect surprises and high voltage energy from this talented group of theatre makers.

This event is for Member only! Not a Member? Join here.