Fourth Season of National Theatre Live
Third Rail Rep is delighted to bring you the fourth season (2012-13) of National Theatre Live, broadcasting live performances from the National Theatre in London to cinemas and performing arts venues around the world. Since its first season in 2009, over 800,000 people have experienced the National’s work on movie screens worldwide; screenings are now available in over 160 venues around the UK. The upcoming shows are:
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II. The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen. This new play imagines a series of pivotal meetings between Prime Ministers from Churchill to Cameron and the Queen. Each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
In this new play by James Graham it's 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes.
A Bright New Boise Shines to Cap Third Rail's "American Season"
Also playing in June will be the Third Rail Mentorship Program's Neighborhood 3
Third Rail is thrilled to introduce Portland to another Obie winner, Samuel D. Hunter, and his bright new comedy about some very serious things, A Bright New Boise. Directed by John Vreeke, company member of the esteemed Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C., this shocking but hilarious examination of rural America's love-hate relationship with religion will rock your preconceived notions as surely as it will break your heart.
The reviews have been sterling. Here's Alison Hallett from The Portland Mercury:
"The absolute worst feeling to walk out of a theater with is 'So what?' . . . But it's rare to feel that way after a Third Rail show -- their existence is a sustained argument for the ongoing relevance of theater as an art form, an argument I wish more companies were making.
" Actor Tim True is a f*%@ing local treasure, and he proves it here once again as Will, a quiet man with evangelical tendencies who takes a job at a local Hobby Lobby . . .
"As Alex, Andy Lee-Hillstrom has two of the show's strongest moments: a long, captivating scene where the panic attack-prone kid tries to get his breathing under control, and a bit where he demonstrates his 'performance art' to his dad that's quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever seen on a Portland stage . . .
"Chris Murray brings satisfying depth to his combative character, the store's resident angry punk-rock art dude; Kerry Ryan's appealingly goofy as an oddball employee; and Jacklyn Maddux is grounded and great as the foul-mouthed store manager. There's not a wrong note in the cast . . . "
And Marty Hughley of The Oregonian concurs:
"The nuances of nervousness and long-suppressed pain in the scenes between Tim True's Will and Andy Lee-Hillstrom's Alex form the gripping heart of this production.
"The faith vs. art theme emerges in a struggle for influence over Alex between the devout Will and confrontational art student Leroy, Alex's adoptive brother, played by Chris Murray with a mix of well-meaning protectiveness and juvenile arrogance . . .
" . . . alternative belief systems of mainstream materialism and mainstream liberal religion are represented by, respectively, a practical yet foulmouthed store manager (an offhandedly funny Jacklyn Maddux) and a lonely Lutheran store clerk (rendered perfectly, hilariously awkward by Kerry Ryan)."
For the full Oregonian review, click here. For the full Mercury review, click here.
A Bright New Boise runs now through June 23 at the Winningstad Theatre at PCPA, 1111 SW Broadway in Portland. To order tickets online, click here or call us at 503-235-1101.
But that's not all . . .
The first cohort in our Mentorship Program is ready to strut their stuff! After nine months of classes, workshops, and learning how theatre works from the ground up, it's time for our mentees to shine in Jennifer Haley's Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom. Performances begin June 15.
Neighborhood 3, winner of the 2009 Primus Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, brings to light the discomforting underbelly of suburban life. In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual reality and actual reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own.
Here's your chance to see the next generation of Portland theatre professionals up close and personal. Performances of are June 15-16 and 23-27 at the Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery Street in Portland.
Check out the Mentees' N3 Facebook page here. For online tickets, click here or call us at 503-235-1101.