Season 15

2020-2021
15th Anniversary Season

Home/Place

Conceived and Directed by Jennifer Lin

Home/Place

Led by Company Member Jennifer Lin, Home/Place is an image-driven response to three prompts: the home I was born to, the road I traveled, and the home I made. Blending photographs, graphic art, and fragments of personal stories, it evokes a variety of experiences about home, place, landscape, and identity. It is woven from the things we share with each other when we are finally asked to do so: an old family photo, a story from a four-year-old, a song, a memory from abroad, a portrait of joy, an imprint of loss, a view out the window of a car. It is a celebration, or perhaps a critique, or perhaps both, of the people and places we call home.

August 20 – August 23, 2020
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm
Zoom Theatre, wherever you are

You Are Here: Conversations from Portland

Written by the ensemble in collaboration with members of the Portland community
Directed by Jennifer Lin, Rebecca Lingafelter, and Damaris Webb

You Are Here

You Are Here is a piece of documentary-style theatre that looks at Portland from within Portland, drawing on interviews with Portlanders of varying perspectives to highlight current stories of actual lived experience at a time when Portland has been a lightning rod in the news. In a highly collaborative process, three directors work together to present an extremely timely story told through language, design, and human expression. These artists are embracing the complexity of a rapidly shifting landscape to explore the possibilities of what can emerge artistically when the pressure is real. These pressures are cultural, social, racial, historical, and political. They are artistic and personal. They are temporal and spatial. What happens when a team of dedicated, curious theatre artists confront these pressures head on, and say You Are Here, right now?

November 6 – November 8, 2020
Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm
Streaming online, wherever you are

#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence

Written by Adelaide Fisher, Eislinn Gracen, Azya Lyons, Debkayna Mitra, Olivia Ridley, Sarah Schecter, and Elizabeth Shannon
Directed by Kelsea Ashenbrenner, Melody Erfani, Josh Kashinsky, Rebecca Lingafelter, Sullivan Mackintosh, Josie Seid, and Andrea White

#ENOUGH

#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence is a national short play competition for middle and high school students. On Monday, December 14, 2020—the 8-year remembrance of the shootings at Sandy Hook—Third Rail, along with 48 other theatres and schools across the country and abroad, will present a reading and post-show discussion.

A panel of nationally-recognized dramatists—Lauren Gunderson, Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan, Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, and Karen Zacarías—selected the plays out of 184 submissions from twenty-three states and three countries in #ENOUGH’s call for teens to write 10-minute plays that confront the issue of gun violence.

The plays—all written by high school students—tackle gun violence through different lenses, including the threat of and anxiety over school shootings, police shootings, community violence, race, and gun culture in American history.

December 14, 2020
Monday at 7:00pm
Zoom Theatre, wherever you are

Third Rail celebrates 15 years of exceptional stories that provoke dialogue, encourage empathy, and inspire curiosity.