Introducing the Cast of the Music Man: Emily Eisele


Third Rail is thrilled to welcome Mentorship Program alumna Emily Eisele as Quartet 3 (and others) in this August’s concert staging of THE MUSIC MAN!

Emily never suspected she would revisit The Music Man after playing Amaryllis many years ago, but is tickled to experience the show in this new, imaginative way. Most recently, Emily was seen as Caroline in I And You (Artists Repertory Theatre.) She is an alum of the Third Rail Mentorship Company, during which time she performed in The Norwegians, Edgar & Annabel, and ID[ea]. Other favorite credits include: Sheri in American Hero; Natalia in Band Geeks; Cinderella in Into The Woods; and Beth in Little Women.

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Introducing the Cast of The Music Man: Caitlin Brooke


Third Rail is thrilled to welcome Caitlin Brooke as Harold Hill (and others) in this August’s concert staging of THE MUSIC MAN!

After 10+ years in NYC and LA, Caitlin is now a Portland-based actor, musician, and instructor. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine, and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University. Recent work includes: Rose in Dogfight (San Francisco Playhouse), Paulina in The Winter’s Tale (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Adriana in The Comedy of Errors (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Clara in Passion (Claire Trevor Theatre), and Clytemnestra in The Electra Project (dir. Mihai Măniuțiu, Romanian National Theatre.)

More at: www.CBrookeCreative.com

Welcome, Caitlin!

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Introducing the Cast of The Music Man: Laura McCulloch


We could not be more excited about the extraordinary cast of THE MUSIC MAN! We are especially thrilled to welcome Laura McCulloch to the Third Rail stage as Quartet 1 (and Others).

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Laura studied Musical Theatre at The Victorian College of the Arts. After a hearty 2 years in London, a variety of cabaret ventures and two contracts as a Lead Production Singer for Holland America Line, Laura landed in the US in 2016 and now calls Portland home. Some of her most memorable roles to date are: Rosie in Mamma Mia (Broadway Rose): Bea in Your Holiday Hit Parade (Broadway Rose); Christine in Phantom (Stumptown Stages); Jennyanydots/Grizabella/Jellylorum in Cats (Australasian Tour); Alexi Darling in RENT (Greenwhich Theatre, London); Felicia Lipschitz in A Class Act (Landor Theater, London.)

Welcome, Laura!

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Introducing the Cast of The Music Man: Merideth Kaye Clark


We could not be more excited about the extraordinary cast of THE MUSIC MAN! We are especially thrilled to welcome Merideth Kay Clark to the Third Rail stage as Quartet 2 (and Others).

Merideth has played definitive leading theatrical roles nationwide, such as Elphaba in the First National Tour of Wicked, Eva Perón in Evita (Northern Stage), Nancy in Oliver! (5th Ave), and has originated roles in two off-Broadway musicals. Clark is a sought-after concert artist described as “plain astonishing” and “a masterful performer” with “powerhouse pipes.” She is a multi-instrumentalist and plays anything with strings, most notably the guitar, dulcimer and viola. Portland credits include: Winter Song (Portland Center Stage); Cathy in The Last Five Years (Portland Center Stage); Tzeitl in Fiddler on the Roof (Portland Center Stage); Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Portland Playhouse); Lilli/Kathryn in Kiss Me Kate (Clackamas Rep) as well as her acclaimed concert with Mont Chris Hubbard, Joni Mitchell’s BLUE.

Welcome, Merideth!

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Spring Fundraiser- A Complete List of Auction Items!


Check out what’s gonna be up for bid at our Spring 2018 Fundraiser:




  1. This Is Us! Need some bragging rights at work or with your friends? Well here it is! Enjoy a curated date night with the nicest guy, the warmest TV-husband, and the coolest dude on NBC’s hit drama “This is Us,” Chris Sullivan, along with Third Rail’s own top-notch talent and tonight’s emcee, Isaac Lamb. Your evening on the town will include a meal and good times!

Value: priceless


  1. Cocktail Party! Did someone say PARTY? Oh yes, gather up your favorite peeps (12 total max) for a cocktail party at the famous MAC club – as in Mary Anne Cassin, Third Rail board member and cocktail maven. Mary Anne will work with you to create a signature cocktail, crafted just to your tastes. Weather permitting, the party will be hosted in Mary Anne and Ken’s beautiful SW Portland garden and will feature yummy taste treats and spectacular views. Do it just because, or for a special occasion. Mary Anne will work with you to find a date that works for you and your guests, and you won’t have any clean-up either!!

Value: $400


  1. Create Your Own Heirloom Jewels! Have fun with 5 friends while you create your own beaded jewelry to keep for yourself or give away as gifts. The class will be taught by a talented and experienced teacher, and includes all needed supplies, examples you can look at for inspiration, wine and cheese! What a fun way to spend an afternoon with your BFFs. The class will happen at a studio in Multnomah Village, so no need to even clean your house. You will each walk away with a necklace, bracelet and earrings!

Value: $300



  1. One Fine Evening! Treat yourself and someone you would like to impress with an evening on the town, courtesy of Third Rail Theatre! Pick any show in the 2018/19 season and you’ll be provided with two great seats. Start your evening at Besaw’s, a Portland institution with great food and walking distance from CoHo Theatre. After the show, walk across the street to savor wine and cheese while you talk over the nuances of the play at Muse Wine Bar. The basket includes tickets to the play, a $100 certificate to Besaw’s, and a $25 certificate for Muse Wine Bar.

Value: $200


  1. Whiskey / Whiskey / Whiskey! For the whiskey lover in the room… get a taste of these special bottles of fine whiskey. The selection includes the best of Irish, American and Scotch versions of “the water of life.” Perhaps a perfect Father’s Day gift or a surprise for the whiskey connoisseur in your life. The basket includes one bottle each of Kilbeggan, Tin Cup and Laphraoig, along with special whiskey glasses and a set of chilling stones.

Value: $150


  1. Third Rail Season and VIP Dinner!  Across time. Across distance. Across barriers. Third Rail’s 2018-2019 Season explores profound connection in three vivid love stories. Experience Third Rail’s brand of excellence in storytelling. Sweetening this deal is a dinner with Managing Artistic Director Maureen Porter at Portland’s renowned Nostrana.  Get an insider’s view on the season to come and then enjoy each of the plays with a flexible subscription that suits your needs. Great for the newcomer or theatre buff, Third Rail season tickets provide a grand opportunity for seeing some of the best live theatre in Portland. Two tickets will be available for each of the plays of the season, all to be performed at CoHo Theatre in NW Portland


Value:  $375



  1. Warm It Up! Before there was Pendleton, there was the Hudson Bay Company. The original design for this iconic green solid wool blanket dates back to the 18th Green was preferred by the Kwakiuti and Nookka First Nationals of the Pacific North West. This wonderful blanket will warm your heart as well as any room you put it in.

Value: $450








  1. Green Thumb Available! You’re a garden lover you say? Take advantage of the know-how, special tips and creative juices of this highly trained and certified Master Gardener. Sheila Martin will meet you at your home to help you in whatever way you need. She’s ready to plan, plant, prune or just weed for three hours. Get your own hands dirty or leave the work to her! She’s friendly, helpful and will leave you feeling like you can get to the garden of your dreams.

Value: $150



  1. Own a Beautiful Piece of History! JoAnn Gilles is a local artist who has been painting and exhibiting professionally in Portland since 1983 with representation locally by Mark Woolley, Heidi McBride &The Attic Gallery. She has also shown in other US venues. “Looking East” was part of a series of four paintings depicting the beauty of Oregon, created for Oregon State University’s Art About Agriculture Invitational Exhibition in 2015. The school purchased one of the four to add to their permanent collection. They own two other Gilles works. The painting is 24” x 24”, mixed media on canvas in a custom-built frame.

Value: $950



  1. More Beer Please! If tonight’s beer whets your whistle, you’ll want more of it! And that’s exactly what you’ll get in this fabulous swag basket provided courtesy of Lagunitas Brewery. The basket includes one case of Lagunitas beer, two pint glasses, one tee shirt, one pair of sunglasses, a bottle opener and a koozie. Get on your Lagunitas!

Value: $40


  1. Blooming Roses All Year Long!Whether you put this gorgeous hand-crafted quilt on your bed, across your sofa, or hang it on the wall, you will create a new centerpiece for any room. Quilted by hand by Bernadette McCullen-Carrick from the Third Rail Power Grid, this 4’ x 5’ quilt is made entirely from soft cotton. Can you even imagine how many hours she put into this labor of love??

Value: $120



  1. Explore Your Hidden Artist! Accomplished artist and teacher, Michele Currie, will lead a still life painting class for up 8 people.  Each participant will walk away with a small canvas of their own creation. It will be hosted at an art studio in NE Portland and all materials are included. Enjoy wine and cheese and toast to creativity. Low stress and maximum fun! Class is approximately 3 hours long and scheduled on a mutually agreeable date, either days or evenings.

Value: $tbd



  1. Wildfang! Just in time for Revolt! Get your badass woman on! This package includes three Wild Feminist T-shirts, 2 accessories, and a $50 gift card.


Value: $220


Musicians from Live Wire, 3 Leg Torso and Groovy Wallpaper Featured at Third Rail Fundraiser

Third Rail’s Spring Fundraiser (May 16th at Lagunitas Community Room) will feature some of Portland’s top musical performers, including 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).

The trio was last seen performing together as the onstage band for Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya. 

Tickets for the Fundraiser are available here.

Win A Date with Isaac Lamb & Chris Sullivan (NBC’s This Is Us)

Great news for fans of NBC’s hit drama This Is Us: at Third Rail’s Spring Fundraiser, you’ll have a chance to win a date with Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby on the show! Chris is also known for his performances as Taserface in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and as Tom Cleary on The Knick.


An outing with Chris and Company Member Isaac Lamb will be one of the many wonderful auction items up for bid at Third Rail’s Spring Fundraiser, which will take place on May 16th at Lagunitas Community Room, from 6-9pm. The fundraiser will also feature live music from members of Klezmocracy, Live Wire, Groovy Wallpaper and 3 Leg Torso, as well as delicious food and drink from Lardo, Por Qué No, f + b catering, Lagunitas and other local favorites.

Want to win an evening on the town with Chris and Isaac? Us too! Snag your tickets today!

Tickets: https://thirdrailrep.secure.force.com/ticket

Loose In London 2018

The Loose In London Tour is a beloved Third Rail tradition. Many participants return year after year to enjoy culture, conversation and community in this remarkable, historic city. Check out what this year’s Loose-In-Londoners have to say about the experience:




“I love seeing theatre with other people who love it as much as I do, for whom playgoing is truly a passion. I certainly have made some new friends in the three years I have been coming to London with Third Rail.”

“Rather than leaving the theater to muse about it at home, we both loved the chance to discuss with people (with nibbles and wine) about the themes and characters with 18 like-minded people at our fabulous hotel.”

“I learn more about theater by hearing my fellow travelers talk about what they think of what we’ve seen. And from listening to Scott and Maureen, of course. The more I see, the more I want to see!”

“Over the last 5 [Loose In London] trips, I have gotten to know some exceptional, smart and wonderful people.  We see each other afterwards at other events around town. We are all members of the same special community.”



“London theatre is exciting. Audiences are younger than in Portland and London offerings are more diverse. Scott sends out advance notes on the histories of the various theatres we visit, the plays we will see, and the careers of the directors who bring the work to life. In this way Loose in London is so much more than seeing plays: it’s a weeklong course on London theatre heritage.”

“The exceptional thing about this theater trip is the amount of free time to explore other things while simultaneously having great theater curated for us.  The theater highpoint for me was seeing the just-then Olivier-anointed play, The Ferryman. Getting to share a dinner table with the director of the latest David Hare play was also memorable.”

“Watching THE FERRYMAN just 24 hours after it was awarded the Olivier for best new play of the year [was a favorite moment]. This is a shiveringly good play!”



“…the camaraderie of the shared experience of seeing the same plays, even if we don’t agree—and we never all agree on anything. But that’s what makes art wonderful—it’s an individual experience that you can have with others, but it always belongs to you. e.e cummings says, “It’s always ourselves that we find in the sea,” but it’s true about theatre as well.”

“The people who choose to go on this tour are always special, the experienced curation of the play choices is special, the leadership is special, the generous allotment of free time is special, the hotel location is special, London theater itself is special, London museums are special, the wide range of non-theatre activities is special—all combine to make a very, very special trip.”


Rolland Walsh Joins the Ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.


Third Rail Company Member Rolland Walsh is back onstage in the ensemble of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.  Rolland was most recently seen on the Third Rail stage in Mr. KolpertStaticThe Night AliveThe Beauty Queen of LeenaneNoises OffA Noble Failure. Other Portland credits include acting work with CoHo Productions, Portland Center Stage, Artist’s Repertory Theater, Portland Playhouse and others.  Rolland has also produced several plays, including The Year of the RoosterWeekend at Bernie’s: Live on StageThom Pain (based on nothing) and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Rolland received his MFA in Acting from The American Repertory Theater / Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.




Q & A with Rolland Walsh 

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

RW: I am privileged to work with such talented people on a piece that is at once timely, vital, hilarious, unforgiving and bold. What grace has befallen me to tell this story with these women?

TR: Do you have a story of a small (or large) act of revolt that you have participated in?
RW: My revolts come in the divulging of power and privilege.

TR: When have you felt part of a revolution? 
RW: 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.

Electrified: Third Rail Spring Fundraiser

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


Reserve Your Ticket Today

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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