That Hopey Changey Thing

October 5, 2012 - October 28, 2012

Winningstad Theater - 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

It’s Election Day, 2010 and what begins as a simple visit by the Apple siblings to their uncle transforms into an examination of 21st-century American politics. Chekhovian in spirit, That Hopey Changey Thing is the first play in a planned four-play cycle that annually reunites the Apple Family during events of national importance. In an exciting and ambitious project, Third Rail is delighted to present a new play in this series every year for the next four seasons, each featuring the same cast of Third Rail actors.


The complex and nuanced performances here, under the direction of Scott Yarbrough, bring out all the humor, poignancy and depth…And much as a mother can’t say which child she loves most, there’s no choosing who’s best amid this terrific and well-matched ensemble of actors.

The Oregonian

The skilled cast rouses both quiet empathy and genuine laughter…it’s a compelling introduction to a family worth knowing.

Willamette Week 


  • Writer Richard Nelson
  • Director Scott Yarbrough
  • Stage Manager Claire Callaway
  • Scenic Designer Tal Sanders
  • Costume Designer Emily Horton
  • Lighting Designer Kristeen Crosser
  • Sound Designer Cameron McFee
  • Props Master Drew Danhorn


  • Richard Apple Michael O'Connell
  • Barbara Apple Jacklyn Maddux
  • Marian Apple Platt Maureen Porter
  • Jane Apple Rebecca Lingafelter
  • Benjamin Apple Bruce Burkhartsmeier
  • Tim Andrews Isaac Lamb