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:
NATIONAL THEATRE'S WAR HORSE
by Nick Stafford
The National Theatre Production from the West End
Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
Don’t miss your chance to experience this landmark production in the comfort of the World Trade Center Theater in Portland.
March 16 and April 5 @ 2:00 p.m. and & 7:00 p.m. each day
Only Four More Chances to See "A Soul-Shattering" Gidion's Knot
Johnna Adams' award-winning play resonates on both the "emotional and intellectual levels"
Fifth grader Gidion has been suspended for reasons that his teacher, Heather, is reluctant to explain. His mother, Corryn, shows up for her scheduled parent-teacher conference and what begins as an uncomfortable exchange evolves into a confrontation that will expose both women to their core.
Here's what the critics had to say about this riveting production, directed by Third Rail company member Michael O'Connell:
"Dana Green plays Corryn, the grief-stricken mother, in a profoundly moving way that dares you to feel sorry for her. Her unbrushed hair banded into a messy ponytail, she comes at the world like a bullet, forceful, straight, and stinging . . . The timid teacher who heads this classroom is Heather Clark, played by Amy Newman. Newman plays her as a mime in a box. She speaks, but quietly, as if she doesn't expect to be heard. She produces small gestures and takes careful steps, as if afraid to break out by accident . . . Director O'Connell maintains the brutality of combat in this war zone: the clusters of desks are like hills from which each opposing force can dart out and fire." -- Carol Wells, The OregonianQuestioning the limits of freedom of expression, the power of language, parental vs. societal responsibility, and the complex nature of love and loyalty, Gidion's Knot is a stunning new play by Johnna Adams that leaves no one unscathed.
Dana Green and Amy Newman, the only actors in this taut Third Rail production, are simultaneously sympathetic and detestable, and they maintain the play's tension through its many pauses and halts. It's rare for a piece of theater to resonate on emotional and intellectual levels, but that's precisely what these 80 minutes manage to do. -- Rebecca Jacobson, Willamette Week
Green and Newman are good tacticians, sweet scientists of the acting ring. I admire the skills they and director Michael O'Connell reveal as the fight goes on, especially the way they use long beats, Pinter-like pauses, to ratchet the suspense and the play up the emotional undercurrents of what swiftly becomes a horrendously uncomfortable encounter. -- Bob Hicks, Oregon Arts Watch
Tickets for this show, staged in the intimate CoHo Theater, are going fast, so get yours here.
Playwright Johnna Adams graduated from DePaul University Theatre School in 1995 with a BFA in Acting. She subsequently received her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College in New York City, studying under Playwright-in-Residence Tina Howe. Her plays have been performed throughout the country, including the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia and the Furious Theatre in Pasadena. Gidion's Knot was a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was featured in its entirety in the December 2012 issue of American Theatre magazine.
Gidion's Knot runs through March 15, 2014 at the CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh Street, Portland, OR. For more information, click the link below.
Save on a 3-Show Package : see Gidion's Knot, Midsummer (A Play with Songs), and The Beauty Queen of Leenane -- all at a budget-saving price!
Photos by Owen Carey/CATF