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Electrified: Third Rail Spring Fundraiser

Wednesday May 16, 6-9pm, at Lagunitas Community Room

 

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Now in its 13th year, Third Rail Repertory Theatre is a vital contributor to the Portland live theater scene with its focus on delivering intimate, thought-provoking theater. Every production recommits TRRT to its mission statement: “Through collaboration and discipline, TRRT brings to life exceptional stories that provoke dialogue, encourage empathy, and inspire curiosity.”

It’s no secret that there are challenges for non-profit arts organizations in Portland these days. This first-ever fundraiser will provide a lively and entertaining opportunity for audience members, patrons and supporters of local live theater to mix with actors and staff and to raise some much-needed funds.

As The Oregonian put it, “Serving up tricky material with such an abundance of craft and care — including a veritable buffet of vivid, nuanced acting — [Third Rail Repertory Theatre has] reinforced their position as the city’s most consistently excellent theater company.”

Your purchase of a $50 ticket helps ensure that TRRT will continue to survive and thrive! The price of entry also buys you a beer/wine token, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an enchanting evening hosted by our very own Isaac Lamb, featuring:

  • Entertainment from Third Rail company members that you know and love!
  • Music by acclaimed musicians Ralph Huntley (Live Wire, DoJump Theater, Klezmocracy, Fernando, Richmond Fontaine), Don Henson (Groovy Wallpaper, Sneakin’ Out, Will West & The Friendly Strangers) and Courtney Von Drehle (3 Leg Torso). Read more about them here!
  • Food by local favorites, including Lardo, Por Qué No, New Seasons, and f+b café and catering
  • Beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company and wine from Oregon’s own Et Fille Wines
  • Amazing items available for auction, including a very special, curated Date Night with Company Member Isaac Lamb and his special guest Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby on NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us.” Read all about it here!

(Additional beer/wine tokens can be purchased for $7 each.)

We hope to see you on May 16th for this fun-filled, electrifying event!

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Introducing the Cast of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Take everything you know about the modern woman and write it down. Next tear the paper up and throw it away. Now set the trash can on fire and douse it with kerosene. You’d better buckle up because tradition and language, relationships and rules are set ablaze in Alice Birch’s firebomb of a play. A comedy, a manifesto, an out of control pep rally, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. blasts through the status quo and rockets to the edge of possibility.

Third Rail is excited to feature five extraordinary actors in this powerful play. Read on to meet the marvelous cast of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., opening May 25th!

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Meet the Cast!


Alex Ramirez de Cruz, Ensemble:
“I think one of the integral acts of revolt in my life was shaving my head in college. It was a small gesture, but the first in a long series of reclaiming my body and learning how to advocate for myself as a woman, a lesbian, and a mixed person of color…. There have been few moments in my life where I have felt so free.”

Andrea Vernae, Ensemble:
“What excites me most about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is that I get to REVOLT! While also being big, bold, colorful, loud, brave, fearless and unapologetically myself. And that I get to collaborate with a group of storytellers that are ready to do the same.”

Maureen Porter, Ensemble:
“It is like nothing else–it’s one of those plays that you won’t see anyplace else. It does this incredible, exciting, completely provocative, funny, dark, poignant thing, and the way in which Alice Birch uses form, and deconstructs form and language, and challenges language around gender… I’m incredibly excited.”

Sarah Smith, Ensemble:
“What excites me about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is the opportunity to set the rules on fire. I hope to entice those who have “started to stop talking” to rejoin the conversation. And I’m delighted to challenge limits and boundaries.”

Rolland Walsh, Ensemble 

“We are living the revolution now. Doing this show – being in the room – having the conversation – the revolution is a state of mind that we either accept or reject.”

Sarah Smith Makes Her Third Rail Debut

 

We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Smith to the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. opening May 25th, 2018.

Sarah’s favorite previous collaborations include work with CoHo Productions (Portland), Portland Playhouse, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, and Swine Palace (Baton Rouge). Favorite roles played include Eliza (The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence) Rita (Educating Rita), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Nora (A Doll’s House). In addition to her work in theatre, Sarah’s most recent TV credits include Into the Badlands (AMC), American Horror Story (FOX) and Treme (HBO).

 

Q & A with Sarah Smith

 

TR: What excites you about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

 

SS: What excites me about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is the opportunity to set the rules on fire. I hope to entice those who have “started to stop talking” to rejoin the conversation. And I’m delighted to challenge limits and boundaries.

 
 

TR: Do you have a story of a small (or large) act of revolt you’ve participated in? 

 
SS: Holding onto optimism, hope, and kindness in times of desperate sadness.
 
 
TR: What are some titles, identities or names that you claim with pride?
 
SS: Titles I wear with pride: woman, partner, sister, daughter, thespian, vegan.

 

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Maureen Porter Joins the Ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

 

Maureen Porter, Third Rail’s Artistic/Managing Director, is back onstage in the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.  Maureen is a Core Company Member who was most recently seen as Claire in The Events. Other roles include Aphra Behn in Or, Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Belinda in Noises Off,  Marian in Sweet & Sad and That Hopey Changey Thing, Lisa in The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Pam in The Gray Sisters, Eleanor in Dead Funny, and Mom in Number Three. Other local credits include Erica in Bright Half Life with Profile Theatre; Dark Ahab in Or, The Whale with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew at Portland Shakespeare Project, Elise in Crooked at CoHo Theatre, Estelle in No Exit and Emma in Betrayal at Imago Theatre. New York credits include Isabella the Pirate Queen in Wet at the SPF New Works Festival, Lady Sneerwell in School for Scandal, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Laura Lucretia in the The Feign’d Courtesans with The Queen’s Company, and Celia in As You Like It with the National Shakespeare Company.

 

Q & A with Maureen Porter

TR: What excites you about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.?

 

AV: Oh my god, what doesn’t excite me? It is like nothing else–it’s one of those plays that you won’t see anyplace else. It does this incredible, exciting, completely provocative, funny, dark, poignant thing, and the way in which Alice Birch uses form, and deconstructs form and language, and challenges language around gender… I’m incredibly excited that Rebecca Lingafelter is directing it. I am incredibly excited that Jenny Ampersand is scenic design and costume design. Mark Valadez and Jen Lin round out the design team with Rosie Lambert doing props–there could not be a better team! And the audience is going to be blown away by the way in which the design operates. They are going to  be in the space in a way that they have never before. The cast is incredible. It’s going to be great to work with that group of people. And I love that the fundamental thing is what Alice Birch says in the notes: “Most of all this play should not be well behaved.”

 

TR: What are some titles, identities or names that you claim with pride?

AV: Woman. Sister. Daughter. Tom-Boy. Bi-sexual. Leader. Collaborator. Maker. Actor. Co-creator. Confidant. Friend. Strong. Wise-woman. Humble. Warrior.

 

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Andrea Vernae Makes Her Third Rail Debut

 

 

We are thrilled to welcome Andrea Vernae to the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. opening May 25th, 2018.

Andrea is excited to be part of the revolution that is taking place at Third Rail. She was last seen revolting in An Octoroon at Artists Repertory Theatre and leading the revolution in Portland Playhouse’s Pen/Man/Ship. And the revolution won’t be televised, but will soon be recognized, with her work as Managing Director at Confrontation Theatre.

 

Q & A with Andrea Vernae

 

TR: Do you have a story of a small (or large) act of revolt you’ve participated in? 

 

AV: Everyday I find ways to revolt or combat something. Whether it be defending myself or someone else or standing up firmly for something I believe in. I fight to revolt everyday against my mind constantly telling me I’m not good enough and each day I fight back and say “no you’re wrong “ makes me a revolutionary.

 

TR: What excites you about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.?

 

AV: What excites me most about Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is that I get to REVOLT! While also being big, bold, colorful, loud ,brave, fearless and unapologetically myself. And that I get to collaborate with a group of storytellers that are ready to do the same.

 

TR: What are some titles, identities or names that you claim with pride?

AV: The titles I’m most proud of are Black Woman, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Storyteller, Mover, Thinker, Game changer, Creative, Poet, Boss and most importantly my name! Andrea Vernae Whittle is my full name and I am extremely proud of it. It not only represents me but it also represents my family. I am named after my father Andre and my middle name is my mother Stephanie’s middle name and the two of them combined created the woman I am today. So that is why I will continue to always be unapologetic in being extremely particular about my name and how it is pronounced.

 

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Alex Ramirez de Cruz Makes Her Third Rail Debut

 

 

We are thrilled to welcome Alex Ramirez de Cruz to the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. opening May 25th, 2018.

Alex is originally from Ventura, California but has settled in Portland as an area actor, deviser and theatre-maker. Favorite credits include: An Octoroon (Artists Repertory Theatre), 26 Miles (Profile Theatre), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage), db (COHO Theatre)Passion Play (Shaking The Tree & Profile Theatre), Dance For a Dollar, (Miracle Theatre), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Portland Playhouse)She is dedicated to creating original devised theatre and is a proud member of String House, an independent producing title and new works laboratory, nominated for two Drammy Awards for “Best Devised Production.” When not onstage Alex is inspired by the impact theatre has on Portland’s youth and is proud to work as a performer with Portland Center Stage’s touring education program, All is Fair in Love and Shakespeare. She would like to thank her incredible wife for all her love and support! Now, LET’S REVOLT!

 

Q & A with Alex Ramirez de Cruz 

 

TR: Do you have a story of a small (or large) act of revolt you’ve participated in? 

 

AR: I think one of the integral acts of revolt in my life was shaving my head in college. It was a small gesture, but the first in a long series of reclaiming my body and learning how to advocate for myself as a woman, a lesbian, and a mixed person of color. Shaving my head allowed me to escape theatrical “types”, beauty standards, and cultural expectations that were placed on me and I was able to wipe the slate clean. There have been few moments in my life where I have felt so free. In learning how to fight for myself, I began to find my power, and that has made me better able to advocate for others.

 

TR: When have you felt part of a revolution?

 

AR: NOW! I have never been [more] politically engaged than these past few years. I am enraged, afraid, unapologetic, hopeful, fragile and I am using all that to fight for change. The time is ripe to Resist. Revolt. And Revolutionize. Minority voices that have long been silenced are rising up to demand change and I am among them and with them. I am continually working to acknowledge my privilege so I can clearly see the change that needs to happen within me and around me, raise others’ voices, and listen deeply to others’ experiences that are different from my own. I firmly believe that it matters where we put our time, resources, bodies and voices in this moment. The revolution is amongst us, so rise up and REVOLT!

 

TR: What are some titles, identities or names that you claim with pride?

AR: Lesbian, gay, latinx, mexican-american, woman, actor, artist, introvert, BADASS.

 

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Ellen Fader

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Our next show, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., is an in-your-face firebomb of female power. In honor of this explosive new play, we’re featuring extraordinary women each week in our #womancrushwednesday series.  This week, we are honored to celebrate Ellen Fader: extraordinary librarian, patron of the arts, and all-around amazing person!

Ellen with TR Artistic Director Maureen Porter

In the words of a close friend, Ellen “blew into Oregon for a job at the Oregon State Library (OSL) in the spring of 1993. Her first day on the job was the same day as the Scotts Mills earthquake, the “Spring Break Quake”. Oregon hasn’t been the same since.” In her role as Children’s Services Consultation at OSL, Ellen helped to develop excellence in library services for children throughout the state. She went on to serve as the Children’s Services Director for Multnomah County Library, where she led with passion, vision and generosity.

Ellen’s contributions to library services have been recognized at the state and national level. In 2014, she received the Oregon Book Award’s Walt Morey Young Reader’s Literary Legacy award She also recieved a Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children in 2017. In the press release for this award, the Association described Ellen as “the librarian that we all want to grow up to become.”

Outside of her work in library services, Ellen is a strong advocate for equity, the environment and local arts organizations. She is an avid birder, hiker and world traveler. As her friend Barbara puts it, “[s]he’s a whirlwind of enthusiasm, intellect, and thoughtful generosity.”

We are honored to call Ellen part of the Third Rail Family!

Dré Slaman Makes Her Third Rail debut in Men On Boats

 

 

We are thrilled to welcome Dré Slaman as Hawkins in Men On Boats, running March 2nd through March 24th, 2018.

Dré earned her MFA in Acting at Northern Illinois University where she studied the Meisner Technique under master teacher Kathryn Gately. She has also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre, the William Esper Acting Studio (NYC) and received her BA in Theatre Arts at University of Pacific. Dré has been most recently been seen in Profile Theatre’s The Happiest Song Plays Last.  A few of Dré’s other Theatre Credits include: Jaffa’s GateThe Stinky Cheese ManNine Parts of Desire, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, Albee’s Everything in The Garden, DavidEdgar’s Pentecost, and Hair.  Dré’s on-camera credits include GRIMM, MEDIUM, and others. She owns and operates local company Farm to Fit and is on the Board of Directors of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance.

 

 

Q & A with Dré Slaman 

TR: What excites you about Men On Boats?
DS: The river, naturally. It’s like the 11th character of the play and its our job to embody it and bring it to life.  That is exciting in and of itself. And I love the idea of telling this story from a different lens, examining what happens to the people and the history when we tell the story from a different perspective. How does this change what we think we know? How does it not change anything at all?  And in the end, are relationships and circumstances all the same regardless of who’s telling it, because, ultimately, we are human? I don’t have the answers, but I know that we are pushing boundaries and I am discovering something new about it every day.  That is thrilling.

 

TR: What are some of your favorite places to go adventuring in Oregon?
DS: To be honest, I am a little bit of a city rat so my definition of adventuring is hiking through Forest Park! Ha! Just kidding. But moving to the PNW eight years ago has indeed expanded my horizons beyond tall buildings and dense streets. I have enjoyed exploring all that Bend and Mt. Hood have to offer, among others.

 

TR: What has been the greatest adventure of your life so far?

DS: The dictionary defines adventure as “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.” So that would be raising my daughter, Pierce, who is three years old. A close second is owning and operating my company, Farm to Fit. Both have been ventures into the great unknown, equally terrifying and thrilling, unpredictable and exhilarating, with as many joys as struggles. Although, the three-year-old tends to be more hazardous… luckily she’s cute!

 

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This Hand-Crafted Rowboat Could Be Yours!

Bid to be a boat-owner!

If you’ve been following Third Rail on Facebook or Instagram over the last month, chances are you’ve become familiar with this beautiful 11′ rowboat.

 

With its gorgeous blue hull and sleek design, perhaps you’ve been eyeing it longingly, imagining yourself out on the river on a May morning. Well, my friend, you’re in luck! Thanks to our partners at Wind & Oar, the boat will be auctioned off in the Men On Boats lobby as a benefit for the students of George Middle School.

Wind & Oar Boat School is an Oregon nonprofit founded in 2011. Their mission is to engage young people and inspire learning through the art, science, and craft of building wooden boats. Wind & Oar partners with public schools to deliver STEAM programming to underserved youth ages 9-22  across the Portland metro area.

This particular rowboat was built by George Middle School 7th graders through a Wind & Oar STEAM education program. The program, funded by a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant, sunsets this spring. The silent auction of this rowboat will raise funds to continue this wonderful hands-on, math and science enrichment program at George MS. 

What does a Wind & Oar Residency Look Like?

  • A unique hands-on learning experience for over 100 students.
  • A 1:6 Instructor/Student Ratio
  • 50 hours of instruction in the math, science and practice of boat-building, resulting in a fully-functioning boat owned by the school.
  • Opportunity for students to get on the water during the craft’s maiden voyage!

Your bid helps George Middle School continue this outstanding program in the 2018-2019 school year. 

7th Grade Boat-Builders at George Middle School

Interested in bidding on the boat? Here are the details:

  • All proceeds go to George Middle School.
  • To bid, simply visit the boat in the Imago Theater lobby when you come to see Men On Boats!
  • The minimum bid is $500, and minimum increase is $50. 
  • Third Rail will announce the winner at the end of the play’s run. As a bonus, the runner-up bidder may choose to match the winning bid and receive a similarly constructed boat. (The students have made 4 so far, and a 5th is currently under construction.)

We hope you’ll place a bid and help raise funds to continue this incredible program for the students at George MS! Fair Winds!

Upcoming NT Live Screenings at the World Trade Center

Join Third Rail at the newly-remodeled World Trade Center theater for an NT Live screening this spring!

For listings at the Lake Theater & Cafe, please click here. 

 

UPCOMING SCREENINGS AT THE WTC: 

 

YERMA (Feb 10th, 2018)

Yerma

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.

The theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).

Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

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TWELFTH NIGHT (Feb 10th, 2018)

Twelfth Night

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. 

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible. 

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

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CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (April 22nd, 2018)

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

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JULIUS CAESAR (April 29th, 2018)

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

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HAMLET (April 29th & May 13th, 2018)

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

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YOUNG MARX (May 13th, 2018)

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny OperaPenny DreadfulOthello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth NightGreen Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

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