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Middletown
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Middletown
by Will Eno
September 1, 2014 through October 19, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

We open our season with a play Third Rail has been dying to produce since it was the hit of Portland Center Stage's 2009 JAW Festival, MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno. The residents of Middletown lead lives that are probably not too different from ours. They wake up, go to work, say hello to their neighbors, fix the plumbing, seek advice on parenting, and try to live lives that are as rewarding as possible. It's all fairly ordinary. And yet...ordinary doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of this quirky, word-frenzied, refraction of OUR TOWN. MIDDLETOWN is a quizzical fable about life in all its sweetness and pain, joy and wonder, beginnings and endings.

Single tickets $33 - $47, Students $24 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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September 26, 2014 through March 14, 2015


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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 next year and let Third Rail move you!

Middletown
by Will Eno
Sep 26 - Oct 19
Winningstad Theatre


We open our season with a play Third Rail has been dying to produce since it was the hit of Portland Center Stage's 2009 JAW Festival, MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno. The residents of Middletown lead lives that are probably not too different from ours. They wake up, go to work, say hello to their neighbors, fix the plumbing, seek advice on parenting, and try to live lives that are as rewarding as possible. It's all fairly ordinary. And yet...ordinary doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of this quirky, word-frenzied, refraction of OUR TOWN. MIDDLETOWN is a quizzical fable about life in all its sweetness and pain, joy and wonder, beginnings and endings.
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The Mystery of Irma Vep
by Charles Ludlam
Dec 5 - Jan 10
Winningstad Theatre


Last year Third Rail made a splash at the holidays with our record-setting production of NOISES OFF, which many consider the funniest play written in the past 25 years. This year we're at it again with perhaps the funniest American play of the past 25 years: Charles Ludlam's quick change romp, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious send up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 50’s horror movies, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchcock's Rebecca. With elaborate quick changes performed in mere seconds, wildly absurd characters, and an absolute distaste for anything serious, IRMA VEP should be the perfect gut-busting escape from all that holiday noise!
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The Night Alive
by Conor McPherson
Feb 20 - Mar 14
Coho Theatre


Tommy has been renting a room in his uncle’s house for a few years, doing odd-jobs and trying get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy, Doc. Not a fan of the past, Tommy barely keeps his ex-wife and kids at arms length. One night he offers a helping hand to Aimee, a young woman in distress, a choice which fills both their lives with unexpected promise. But unforeseen evil lurks around the corner and they soon find that their pasts won't let go so easily. Conor McPherson’s THE NIGHT ALIVE is a joyous, funny, terrifying and amazing new work by an author known for amazing works.
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Belleville
by Amy Herzog
Mar 27 - Apr 18
Coho Theatre


Abby and Zack are newlyweds subletting an apartment in the Belleville area of Paris. She’s a yoga instructor and he’s a Doctor Without Borders. Their life is idyllic, if not especially noteworthy. That is until Abby walks in on Zack with his pants literally around his ankles. As she starts pulling at little threads having to do with how Zack spends his day, BELLEVILLE builds toward a climax that asks if we can ever truly know another person. This sexy, funny, scary, and tense pseudo-thriller from one of America's hottest new playwrights will unnerve as quickly as it entertains.
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Static
by Dan Rebellato
Apr 24 - May 17
Theatre TBA


“You know when a song starts and it feels loose and chaotic? But then the drums come in and everything makes sense. That's what he was in my life. He walked into my life and everything made sense. He was the moment when the drums come in.”

Sara’s life is thrown into disorder when her husband, Chris, dies unexpectedly. Trying to cope with her loss she discovers a compilation tape, apparently made for her by him. The only thing is, by the time he died, Chris was profoundly deaf. With the help of a friend she begins to unravel the secret of the tape, hoping that it may be his final message to her from beyond. STATIC is a beautiful, vibrant play of love, music, movement, and the difficulties of connecting no matter the language. In a bold theatrical move, it is also written to be performed bilingually in both English and sign language.
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From our humble beginnings at the IFCC to our current homes in the Winningstad and Coho theaters, from one-off productions to a season of 5 shows, the story of Third Rail is a story of growth. Join us next season and see what all the fuss is about.

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Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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The Mystery of Irma Vep
The Mystery of Irma Vep
by Charles Ludlam
December 5, 2014 through January 10, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

Last year Third Rail made a splash at the holidays with our record-setting production of NOISES OFF, which many consider the funniest play written in the past 25 years. This year we're at it again with perhaps the funniest American play of the past 25 years: Charles Ludlam's quick change romp, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious send up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 50's horror movies, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchcock's Rebecca. With elaborate quick changes performed in mere seconds, wildly absurd characters, and an absolute distaste for anything serious, IRMA VEP should be the perfect gut-busting escape from all that holiday noise!

Single tickets $33 - $47, Students $24 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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Cast:
Isaac Lamb


The Night Alive
The Night Alive
by Connor McPhearson
February 20, 2015 through March 14, 2015


Tommy has been renting a room in his uncle's house for a few years, doing odd-jobs and trying get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy, Doc. Not a fan of the past, Tommy barely keeps his ex-wife and kids at arms length. One night he offers a helping hand to Aimee, a young woman in distress, a choice which fills both their lives with unexpected promise. But unforeseen evil lurks around the corner and they soon find that their pasts won't let go so easily. Conor McPherson's THE NIGHT ALIVE is a joyous, funny, terrifying and amazing new work by an author known for amazing works.

Single tickets $29, Students $22 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
Coho Productions
2257 NW Raleigh
Portland, OR 97210
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Cast:
Michael O'Connell, Bruce Burkhartsmeier, Rolland Walsh


Belleville
Belleville
by Amy Herzog
March 27, 2015 through April 18, 2015


Abby and Zack are newlyweds subletting an apartment in the Belleville area of Paris. She's a yoga instructor and he's a Doctor Without Borders. Their life is idyllic, if not especially noteworthy. That is until Abby walks in on Zack with his pants literally around his ankles. As she starts pulling at little threads having to do with how Zack spends his day, BELLEVILLE builds toward a climax that asks if we can ever truly know another person. This sexy, funny, scary, and tense pseudo-thriller from one of America's hottest new playwrights will unnerve as quickly as it entertains.

Single tickets $29, Students $22 (plus ticketing fees)

Location
Coho Productions
2257 NW Raleigh
Portland, OR 97210
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Cast:
Rebecca Lingafelter


Static
Static
by Dan Rebellato
April 24, 2015 through May 17, 2015


"You know when a song starts and it feels loose and chaotic? But then the drums come in and everything makes sense. That's what he was in my life. He walked into my life and everything made sense. He was the moment when the drums come in."

Sara's life is thrown into disorder when her husband, Chris, dies unexpectedly. Trying to cope with her loss she discovers a compilation tape, apparently made for her by him. The only thing is, by the time he died, Chris was profoundly deaf. With the help of a friend she begins to unravel the secret of the tape, hoping that it may be his final message to her from beyond. STATIC is a beautiful, vibrant play of love, music, movement, and the difficulties of connecting no matter the language. In a bold theatrical move, it is also written to be performed bilingually in both English and sign language.




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