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Last Chance for The Realistic Joneses

Closing weekend. The last few chances to sit in the theatre with 4 amazing actors and experience Will Eno’s hilarious, poignant story before it is gone. Last few chances to see Rebecca Lingafelter’s beautiful Third Rail directorial debut! That’s right, we are saying goodbye to The Realistic Joneses. Critics and audiences love this show, and frankly, so do we. We’ll be sad to see this one end – so get here this weekend to help us send it off right!

You’ll laugh. You’ll think about life and relationships and communication. You’ll hear language in new and exciting ways. But mostly, you’ll laugh.

…Third Rail has brought four top actors together for this little exercise in quiet heartbreak and existential whimsy, and Rebecca Lingafelter directs them with a firm but gentle hand…It’s tough not to like a play that finds this much wonder in the ordinary.Oregon ArtsWatch

The quartet of actors navigate this bittersweet prose effortlessly, seeming natural as they inhabit the characters’ idiosyncrasies. Eno and the actors show deep compassion for these couples, and it’s contagious.Willamette Week

The stage design was fantastic, using a projector to transform the one set piece into several different buildings, but sound designer Mark Valadez deserves…praise for his use of calming ocean sounds during set changes…The Oregonian


November 2 – November 8, 2015

Our acclaimed production of The Realistic Joneses continues this week! But only two weekends remain to join the fun!

Eno’s lively writing and characters beg for a second viewing… This is a great play performed by four superb actors. I urge you to see it.Edge Media Network

We also have a Members only event this week! A clown performance from our class of Mentees – the result of a weekend intensive led by Company Member Philip Cuomo. The Mentees will be led through three three-hour workshops, discovering and exploring and crafting a clown world. Their work will include the creation of short scenarios in which they apply form and technique to create content. The weekend will be influenced by everyone from Rudolph Laban and Jacques Lecoq to Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Bugs Bunny.

It will be reckless, colorful and wild – and available only to our Members. Can’t stand to miss out on the fun? Become a Member now and join the ranks for less than $30 a month!


November 2015

We have a little bit of everything for you this November.

The Realistic Joneses

Closes November 14

You want a Main Stage show?
We’ve got two final weekends of The Realistic Joneses. to offer! The reception to this show has been tremendous, with beautiful reviews from news outlets and patrons alike:

…something much richer, much deeper and much more hilarious than anyone could have imagined.The Oregonian

This play is brilliant.Patron on Facebook

Still plenty of time to experience it for yourself!

PETE: All Well

Closes November 1

You want a Wild Card?
PETE’s All Well just slips into November as it closes on the 1st. But due to popular demand, they’ve added an extra performance at 7:30 that night! There may just be a hammock or two left if you want to sink into this unique experience.

Hamlet

November 14, 15, 21 & 22

You want an NT Live screening?
We keep adding showings of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch and you keep filling the theatre! Get tickets while you can to the fastest selling show in National Theatre history and an excellent, singular production of the classic tragedy.

Bloody Sunday Reading (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

November 15

You want a Bloody Sunday reading?
Well, that’s where we’ll be the morning of Sunday, November 15th. We don’t tell you what play we’re reading beforehand, but we guarantee you’ll hear a play we are considering for production – and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with us about it afterward.

You want to see all of these for under $30?
That’s an easy one. Become a Member! There’s no time like now…

We’ll see you around the theatre!


This week at Third Rail

October 26 – November 1, 2015

Do you want to know what Third Rail has up our sleeves for the coming week? Then you have come to the right place. It’s time for: This Week at Third Rail!

The Realistic Joneses is up and running and we have a hit on our hands. Audiences are loving it and leaving the theatre with tears in their eyes. Our guess is mostly tears of laughter, but there really isn’t anything like spending an evening with Will Eno’s words – especially words brought to life by Kerry Ryan, Dana Green, Michael O’Connell, and Darius Pierce. You have three weeks left to see the show. Tickets are available for purchase, or you could become a Member and see the show as many times as you’d like!

That would be enough for one week, but there’s more! This week, PETE: All Well opens! When was the last time you were truly in the dark? What creatures lurk? All Well is a sound-installation that will envelop audiences in the pitch black of an icebound ship, midwinter. All Well will travel through the hidden spaces of the Imago Theatre, on a journey inspired by the doomed Franklin Expedition of 1845-48. All from the comfort of a hammock. Space is quite limited, so get tickets early to this; or if you are a Member, call ahead to reserve your seat! Or make a night of it – see The Realistic Joneses and stay for All Well!

And that concludes This Week in Third Rail! To find out about next week, keep your eyes on this space!


October 19 – October 25, 2015

OPENING WEEK!

We start this week with tech rehearsals for The Realistic Joneseswherein we integrate nearly all of the show’s technical elements. We’ll follow that with dress rehearsals, which (as the name implies) adds costumes, the final piece of the theatrical puzzle.

Well, not the final piece of the puzzle. That comes with previews when we first bring you, the audience, in to see the show and be a part of the storytelling experience!

After the tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and previews – on Friday – we open Will Eno’s marvelous The Realistic Joneses! Have you got your tickets? Don’t wait. Be there with us!

Also, this week, we will be bringing Hamlet to Jesuit High School. As part of an increased effort to connect with young audiences, we are taking NT Live’s Hamlet – starring Benedict Cumberbatch – to the SW Portland high school for a student screening. But worry not, if you want to see this Hamlet – the fastest sell out show in the National Theatre’s history – there are still a FEW tickets left. To buy or not to buy…that is the question!


October 12 – October 18, 2015

Or, closed this past Sunday and we hope you were able to fall under its magic spell. Usually, following closing, we would take a few days to celebrate and mourn, take a breath and gather ourselves for the next adventure. Or, at the very least, sleep in for a day or two. But there is no rest for the wicked, because immediately after Or, took its final bows, we started loading The Realistic Joneses into our interim home at Imago!

This week is load-in, when a play finally gets to tiptoe its way onto the stage. The set goes up, the lights are hung, the sound cables are run. The first few days will be primarily about getting the set installed, then, on Thursday we begin to focus the lights. Friday marks the first spacing rehearsal – when the actors get to leave the rehearsal room and grow accustomed to the stage. Also on Friday, the director and design team will have a dry tech. A dry tech is the pre-tech meeting wherein the design team gets to talk-through and see/hear the show’s cues without having to worry about those meddlesome actors. Finally, all the pieces get put together over the long, long weekend tech days. And nights.

It is an invigorating, exhausting week. It is beautiful to see everyone’s work come together, but mostly… it’s exciting because it means the show is opening soon!


The Realistic Joneses Dramaturgy

The Realistic Joneses.

Meet Jennifer and Bob. They’re the Joneses. Meet Pony and John. They’re also the Joneses. They’re next door neighbors. Keeping up with them can feel awfully familiar in this hilarious and humane look at how we live. Literate and slyly hilarious, this award-winning play dives deep below the surface with probing grace.

Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses opened on Broadway in 2014, where it won a Drama Desk Award, was named USA Today’s “Best Play on Broadway,” topped the Guardian’s 2014 list of best American plays, and was included in the New York Times’ “Best Theater of 2014.” We are deeply proud to be sharing it with Portland audiences. The show is an unconventional, unexpected, original and outrageous look at the people who live next door and the truths we think we know. The show is funny and banal and profound and intimate. Eno’s voice is one of the most singular of his generation.

I hope with all of these four characters, who have very different responses to the big, big things in life – I hope that people find one or the other or the other or the other of them or some mix of them to be something that’s very recognizable to how they go through their day and their lives.Will Eno

To be able to hear the play and be part of the play is transforming for me as a human being… I have the exquisite pleasure of standing backstage and hearing something that is cracking me up and changing my perspective on life… It comes so organically out of [Eno’s] heart and soul, that ineffable something, that always gets you in the stomach.Marissa Tomei (who starred in the show on Broadway)

Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses, by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really… [the show] brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I’ve seen this season.Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


See Or, Before It’s Gone!

There is only one more weekend to see Or,! Yes, just one. You do not want to be among the people who miss the show the Portland Monthly called “a witty, bawdy, frothy Restoration-era spy thriller in the vein of Tom Stoppard”. The reviews for this show have been stellar, though personally you had us at “bawdy, spy thriller.” Get your tickets before this one is gone!

And it’s never too late to become a Member, which would get you access to closing weekend of Or, opening weekend of The Realistic Joneses, NT Live’s Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, PETE’s All Well, and a Bloody Sunday reading. That’s over $130 worth of programming for only $29.33…and that is just October!

So…what are you still doing reading this blog? Get to clicking!


October 5 – October 11, 2015

This is a week of change at Third Rail as we move from one play to another! This weekend is your last chance to see Or, – the story of Aphra Behn that covers “the thoughtful and the madcap, the silly and sublime, the sociologically resonant and the fancifully theatrical” (Oregon Artswatch).

Or, is a spirited romp that also has a lot to say about the complexity of sex, gender, and being one of the first woman writers ever. Portland Mercury

The show has been winning over audiences for weeks, but you have just a few chances left to see what all the raves have been about!

Then, on Sunday, after the final performance of Or, we will transform the theatre once again into the set and setting for our next show, The Realistic Joneses. Much more information about this production will hit this space in the coming weeks. For now, know that we are thrilled to bring you a show about which the New York Times said, “Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses, by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really.”

But you better get your tickets to see Or, before it closes. Because THAT beautiful set is coming down Sunday! So what are you waiting for? Get clicking!


October 2015

October is shaping up to be an exciting month at Third Rail. Honestly, all of the months are exciting here but we really do believe October is going to be particularly special (and you can tell July we said that!). Why will October be so notable?

Or,

Closes October 10

So, we start the month with the last two weekends of this wonderful production. If you have not yet seen it, you are missing a truly excellent play about one of the first female playwrights, written by one of the great modern female playwrights, and starring two of Portland’s greatest female actors. It’s not too late to start your Third Rail October with us by seeing Or,!

The Realistic Joneses

Opens October 23

Not two weeks later, we open our next show, The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno – who wrote last year’s hit, Middletown. Directed by Company Member Rebecca Lingafelter and starring Company Members Michael O’Connell, Kerry Ryan, and Darius Pierce, along with guest artist Dana Green, who you may remember from her Drammy-nominated work in Gidion’s Knot. This is an hilarious and deeply human play that will gracefully and humorously grab the baton from Or,.

PETE: All Well

October 27 – November 1

Following the success of The Bylines: Meant to Be, October also bring us our second Wild Card! PETE: All Well looks to be a unique immersive experience: a sound-installation which will envelop audiences in the pitch black world of an icebound ship. Featuring a soundscape by PETE’s resident sound designer and Third Rail Company Member Mark Valadez, each performance will be limited to 25 audience members who will experience the piece from the comfort of their own hammock. With only 25 hammocks available each show, you’ll want to make sure you reserve your tickets as soon as possible.

Hamlet

October 18th

October also sees the beginning of perhaps our most anticipated NT Live screening ever – Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Our Hamlet engagement began with four scheduled screenings which sold out so quickly that we have already added four additional showings. Get tickets while you can, they certainly won’t be around much longer.

Bloody Sunday Reading (MEMBER ONLY EVENT)

October 25

As is true every month, we’ll also have a Bloody Sunday reading of a show we are considering for future production. Bloody Sunday readings are Members Only events and a unique way to peek inside the Third Rail process. In fact, October is going to be one of the best possible months to become a member – for under $30, you would have unlimited access to two Main Stage productions, a Wild Card production, and NT Live’s Hamlet – over $130 in programming! So the only question left is…

What are you waiting for?!?