Articles about Third Rail Membership



NT Live Encore Festival Preview

If you’re a fan of NT Live, then we have the perfect weekend for you; and if you’re not familiar with NT Live, then we have the perfect immersive introduction: Our National Theatre Live Encore Festival! We’re bringing back all your 2014-15 favorites for a weekend of non-stop NT Live fun. Six shows in three days. Come see one you missed. Come see one you loved again. Come see National Theatre Live presented at Imago for the first time!

National Theatre Live (NT Live) is the National Theatre of London’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre from the London stage to screens around the world. Third Rail was the first Portland presenter of these amazing productions, captured live onstage and presented locally in high-definition video.

Individual show tickets are available at Adult, Senior, and Student rates. Or you can get a pass to all six shows for $96. OR, you can become a Third Rail member and gain unlimited access to every NT Live screening – not just during the Festival – as well as all Third Rail programming for a low monthly fee of $29.33.

Details about the Festival are below. But fair warning… before you read this, you’re going to want to sit down

Man and Superman
 – Friday (8/28) at 7:00 pm
Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes stars in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Treasure Island
 – Saturday (8/29) at 11:00 am
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation. Suitable for 10 years +.

Of Mice and Men
 – Saturday (8/29) at 3:00 pm
James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in this landmark Broadway revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s powerful portrait of the American spirit.

Skylight
 – Saturday (8/29) at 7:00 pm
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in David Hare’s riveting play about former lovers locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

A View From the Bridge
 – Sunday(8/30) at 2:00 pm
A stellar cast, led by Mark Strong, brings to life this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece.

JOHN
 – Sunday (8/30) at 7:00 pm
Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre creates an intense, moving theatrical experience about a man’s extraordinary and touching journey. Suitable for 18 years +.


What’s a Bloody Sunday?

A tremendous amount of work and consideration goes into the curating of our main stage shows. It is a complex process with many moving parts and at Third Rail it is a collective effort. One of the primary considerations is, of course, if it lights a fire in us. Does it get us talking? Curious? Debating? When a play comes across our collective desks and grabs our attention enough that we would consider producing it, the next step is to get together and read the show aloud. Scripts are wonderful to read, but those words are written to be spoken. Reading the play out loud brings it to life, opens up the story, unleashes the language and reveals the themes. At that point we can dig deep into why it is (or isn’t) a Third Rail play.

As we throw the doors open wide with our Membership Program we invite Members to join us monthly for this process; sit in on readings of plays we are considering. We’re calling them Bloody Sunday Readings because if we don’t like the show, whoever suggested it loses a finger. Just kidding. It is more likely called that because you will be able to listen to the show while nibbling snacks and sipping a Bloody Mary (or some other appropriate morning beverage). This is one of the more exciting ways that we are opening up our process and inviting deeper conversation with our audience. Bloody Sunday Readings are for Members only! So, please consider becoming a Member!

Our inaugural Bloody Sunday is at 10:00 AM on August 23rd at Imago Theatre! Will you join us? We think the idea of a Sunday morning hanging out with you, our Members, hearing plays, talking about theatre, and drinking before noon sounds pretty darn good. Call the box office at (503-235-1101) and let us know you are coming so we can make sure to have enough chairs, danishes and drinks.


Or, First Read

Scott Yarbrough

A great group of Third Rail Members joined the cast, designers, and production team at the first-read for Or, on Monday night. Historically, our first-reads have only been open to Third Rail Core Company and members of the board, but with our new Membership model, we’re cultivating a deeper relationship with our patrons by including Members in the process of page-to-stage… and we’re so frickin’ excited!

We all gathered to hear our director (Core Company Member Philip Cuomo) speak about his vision for the show, and to listen (and watch) design presentations by an impressive design team. After snacks and beers, we regrouped to hear the actors read the play, together, for the very first time.

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Or, is set in the 1660s (or is it the 1960s?), and is based on an imagined meeting between the (very real) Aphra Behn, England’s first professional playwright, the (also very real) Nell Gwyn, a famous Restoration actress, the (real) William Scot, an English spy in the Second Anglo-Dutch War, and the (yes, THE) Charles II, King of England. It’s funny, beautiful and it bends sexuality and gender and time with bawdy glee. We couldn’t be more excited to be opening our season with this show.

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Want a run-down of the team? Check out our post on the cast and creative team. Would you like to attend one of our production’s first-reads? We would love for you to join us! Read this to learn more about becoming a Member of Third Rail.

Brian Myers


August 3 – August 9 2015

Hello everyone!

Another week, another full slate at Third Rail, another new episode of “Chopped”, and another blog post keeping you updated and informed!

First, we continue to sell memberships and increase the number of people who can say “I am a Third Rail member!”

Then, after a few giant weeks for us, we have a rare moment when we can catch half a breath. But only half. This week, we have the first design meeting for our October/November show, which will follow Or,. We are excited and eager to share with you The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno. You may remember Eno’s brilliant writing from Middletown this past Fall. Eno has been an Oppenheimer Award winner, a Drama Desk Award winner, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He was quite open and communicative and present with Third Rail during the Middletown process, so are particularly delighted to be tackling another fantastic play of his.

The Realistic Joneses is Eno’s first Broadway play. It had a successful ran in 2014 starring Michael C.Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts (so just imagine how extraordinary this will be when some talented actors get their hands on it!). It is an unconventional, unexpected, original and outrageous look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know, and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. Here are three quotes about Eno’s script that we hope will begin to get you looking forward to this show as much as we are.

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 New York Times

For all the sadness woven into its fabric, ‘The Realistic Joneses’ brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I’ve seen this season. The New York Times

Eno’s dialogue is a marvel… there’s much to savor… Life in Enoland isn’t what you’d call realistic – it’s more real than that. Time Out New York

But! First, we have the hilarious and beautiful and liberating Or,! This week will be the final Set and Costume Design meeting before first read! First read will happen next week and there is nothing more invigorating than diving into a new show… but that is out of my prevue. Next week!

– Darius Pierce, Third Rail Company Member