Articles about The New Electric Ballroom

The Doctors Are In


The Doctors are In and our Winter Announcement

This event begins at 6:30pm on Monday, April 25 at Third Rail at Imago
First, join us for The Doctors are In – the second installment of our salon series that takes a closer look inside the script and behind the curtain with resident Dramaturgs Brian Myers and Ellen Walkley! Our first installment of this series, The Abusrdism Salon, explored the comical and dark undertones of Mr. Kolpert. We now move on to discover the role of storytelling and mythology in The New Electric Ballroom. Our resident dramaturgs Ellen Walkley and Brian Myers each received their PhDs in English Literature from the University of California – Berkeley. These doctors will explore the script and lead discussions on the resonance of story-telling as ritual and the power of personal mythology. They will be joined by Company Member and Lighting Designer, Jennifer Linn who will talk about the dramaturgy of light inThe New Electric Ballroom Immediately following this fun, informative, and participatory event we will be announcing our Winter Main Stage Show. This evening will be an open and FREE introduction to a Member’s Only event giving you all a chance to taste the kind of things normally only available to Members! So bring a buddy or two to join the fun – it’s a chance to share what Membership’s all about and get an inside look at what will be heating up our stage in the Winter! Please RSVP with our Box Office at (503)235-1101 or

Announcing our 10th Anniversary Season!

We’re movin on up to the Eastside…no really!  Third Rail is honored and excited to announce that our 10th Anniversary Season will be our first in Residence at Imago Theatre.  The artistic opportunities available to us in this new partnership with Imago are myriad, and we’re pleased as punch to be able to bring ALL of our programming to one location.  Mainstage Productions, NT Live, Mentorship Productions, Readings, and much much more will all now be housed in one artistically thriving location.

Speaking of Mainstage Productions, we’re thrilled to announce the four energetic, hilarious, thrilling, visceral, titillating, and unmistakably “Third Rail” plays that will make up our 10th Anniversary Season:

The Angry Brigade
by James Graham


Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970s Britain, a young urban guerrilla group mobilizes: The Angry Brigade. Their targets? Embassies. Police. Pageant Queens. A world of order shattered by anarchy. An uprising has begun and no one is exempt. Part history play, part police procedural, part comedy of manners, part thriller, part documentary, part social satire, The Angry Brigade is perhaps the most compelling show we’ve ever programmed to open a season.

by Liz Duffy Adams

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 ingenue to the king himself, vying for her time and affections. 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.

Mr. Kolpert
by David Gieselman, translated by David Tushingham

What do a mysterious trunk, an Orwellian pizza ordering system, architectural design, tiramisu, Marilyn Monroe, Goofy, Bill Clinton, chaos theory, ropes, gags, and the world’s worst boss have in common?  You’ll find out in a play that Variety described as “a wicked treat for the morbidly inclined — a bonbon filled with arsenic.” One part Albee, one part Hitchcock, one part Tarantino, Mr. Kolpert is a play we’ve been dying to produce since day one. Comedy doesn’t come much blacker or better than this.

The New Electric Ballroom
by Enda Walsh

Meet Breda, Clara, and Ada, three sisters trapped in a remote Irish town filled with gossip and fish. Breda and Clara obsessively relive the time when, as 17-year-olds, they were nearly seduced at the New Electric Ballroom by Roller Doyle, the hearthrob singer in a touring band. Meanwhile Ada, the youngest, tries her best to fend off the romantic overtures of the local fishmonger.  Funny, tender-hearted and at times pitch dark, The New Electric Ballroom is a coiled, glitter-dusted fable about the stories that come to define us.

Exciting stuff, right?  We think so, too.  So what are you waiting for? Subscribe now and join us for the next 10 years…and the 10 after that!

Third Rail Season 10 2015/2016