Tomorrow is the big day!!! Please join us at 6pm at Third Rail @ Imago (17 SE 8th Avenue) for our Membership Sneak Peek Party. We’ll have lots of amazing pop-up entertainment, beer, wine, and cocktails, raffle tickets (we’re raffling two Memberships!), and fun presentations from Third Rail Company Members. Come watch performances by Third Rail, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, The Bylines, Éowyn Emerald, and more. Come learn more about our exciting and (dare we say?) REVOLUTIONARY new Membership model. Come eat and drink and have an all-around good time with us! We can’t wait to see you.
And, hey, let us know you’re coming? Tickets are free, but please do reserve a spot.
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.
Even though it’s summertime, there’s a whole lot going here at Third Rail as we prepare for our tenth year and our big move to our interim home at Imago Theatre.
This weekend, join us for a special encore presentation of the NT Live hit, The Audienceby Peter Morgan, starring Helen Mirren.
On the company business docket this week is the first design meeting for Or, by Liz Duffy Adams at which the director and designers will start to create the vision for the sound, sights, and feel of the world of the play.
This week is also about packing, packing, packing. After a long time of having our office and rehearsal space in NW Portland, and ten years of being fairly nomadic in performance venues, we are moving our entire operations under one roof at Imago Theatre (17 SE 8th Avenue, just south of Burnside). We look forward to being residents at Imago as we work toward finding our own permanent home within the next three years.
We are also busy getting our Membership Program ready to roll out. Third Rail is significantly increasing programming from fifteen events over the course of the year to FORTY. (SAY WHAT?!) Members will have full access to all of it for $29.33 a month. Offerings will include four main stage shows, four Wild Card productions (co-productions with other performing arts groups), NT Live presentations (including festivals, encores, and new premieres), classes, salons, readings and workshop series, and parties. Plus, when seats are available, members can see things multiple times without incurring additional cost, and can also bring friends at a discount. All told, the yearly value of a Membership (not including repeat attendance) is over $700, so you’re basically getting all that programming for half that price. We want to break the mold and throw the doors open wide in an innovative and exciting model that encourages deeper participation versus mere attendance. We want to create a vibrant and dynamic place where you can join us and other artists like The Bylines (live music) and PETE (experimental theatre) for creative interaction. With your low monthly fee you can attend all of our programming at no additional cost. Curious? Call our box office for more information at 503-235-1101.
And so, as you can see, there is a lot going on. It is keeping us on our toes. Now excuse us while we get back to moving these heavy boxes. More soon!
We’re pulling out all the stops for our Membership Sneak Peek!
We are rolling out an entirely new way to engage YOU, our audience, and we want to share the details with you over delicious nibbles and sparkling libations.
Third Rail’s new Membership Program is designed to deepen connections between artists and audiences, and create more opportunity for us all to share in Third Rail’s artistic home. The press is already abuzz, and we’re sure you will be too!
You can expect a surprising evening of entertainment, with sneak peeks of added programming in addition to our Main Stage including:
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.