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Season 9 Announcing Our 2014-15 Season
Third Rail is beyond thrilled to announce our 9th season of plays that will chill you, tickle your funny bone, speak to you, thrill you, and pull you to the edge of your seat. Join us! Let Third Rail move you.
NT Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
May 24 - Jun 13, 2014
World Trade Center Theatre
NT Live: King Lear
by William Shakespeare
May 17 & 18, 2014
World Trade Center Theatre

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National Theatre Live

What's Next at NT Live

What's Next at NT Live

Third Rail Repertory Theatre is proud to present National Theatre Live in Portland.

NT Live is a season of plays captured live in high definition from London’s acclaimed National Theatre and rebroadcast in Portland.

Join us for our next acclaimed production:

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Mendes; starring Simon Russell Beale

Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favorite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.

The London Times raved that "Simon Russell Beale proves once again why he is one of our great actors.’

Don’t miss your chance to experience this electrifying production in the comfort of the World Trade Center Theater in Portland

May 17 @ 2:00 p.m. and & 7:00 p.m. and May 18 @ 2:00 p.m.

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The Beauty Queen of Leenane Opens May 30 at the Winningstad

Third Rail completes Martin McDonagh's Leenane Trilogy with this Irish classic


The cycle is complete.

Or soon will be, as Third Rail is pleased to present Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane beginning May 30.

Completing the critically acclaimed Leenane Trilogy, which began for us with The Lonesome West and continued with A Skull in Connemara, has long been a Third Rail wish, and we're excited to finally bring the cycle to its theatrical climax with this quintessentially Irish classic.

Maureen Folan is living in her tiny cottage in the village of Leenane caring for her aging mother, Mag, a woman of many demands and minimal charms. She aches to leave her life of tedium, not to mention her manipulative mother, and opportunity knocks with the appearance of Pato Dooley. So begins a darkly hilarious series of events, leading to a stunning and surprising climax that only Martin McDonagh could have conceived. Finish the season with Third Rail by celebrating the breakthrough work that brought Irish storytelling kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

In his review of Beauty Queen, Ben Brantley of the New York Times noted that "sometimes you don't even know what you've been craving until the real thing comes along . . . what Mr. McDonagh has provided is something exotic in today's world of self-conscious, style-obsessed theater: a proper, perfectly plotted drama that sets out, above all, to tell a story as convincingly and disarmingly as possible."


Martin McDonagh is a playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter and one of the most important living Irish playwrights. His plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, A Skull in Connemara, The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and A Beheading in Spokane. His film credits include In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, The Guard, and Six Shooter.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane begins performances on May 30 at the Winningstad Theatre. Call 503-235-1101 for ticket information or click the link below.

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Main Stage Performances
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
NT Live Screenings
World Trade Center Theatre
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204
Third Rail Repertory Theatre
PO Box 96063
Portland, OR 97296

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