New York and London are known for having the best live theater in the world, but what if you love theater and you just don’t have the time or money to travel? Why should you be deprived of seeing famous actors in award winning plays? The answer is you shouldn’t; you don’t have to miss these shows because Portland’s Third Rail Reparatory Company is presenting live broadcasts of some of the best theater on the planet.
The National Theater in London shows many of its productions in high definition broadcasts. This gives audiences all over the world the opportunity to experience live, London theater at local venues. National Theatre Live productions are filmed in front of an audience. The cameras are positioned to ensure that cinema audiences get a ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Recently, the theater has included some Broadway shows in these live broadcasts.
This season, Portland’s Third Rail Reparatory Company will present several plays broadcast by National Theatre Live Including, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, David Hare’s Skylight, Lloyd Newson’s John and Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
The idea of two damaged people coming together to form a whole has been the subject of many love stories. Of Mice and Men is John Steinbeck’s classic tale of a friendship between George and his mentally deficient companion Lennie, who are both trying to survive as laborers in depression era America. The production stars James Franco as George and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) as Lennie. The play was filmed on Broadway at The Longacre Theatre.
Shows are on Sunday January 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
From Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton to Brad and Jen’s divorce, nothing fascinates people quiet as much as adultery. According to Wikipedia, the website Ashley Madison, which is dedicated to finding a cheating partner, has over twenty two million members. Everyone wants to condemn an extramarital affair, everyone wants to gossip about the cheaters and everyone wants to watch.
Skylight is about the aftermath of an affair. The play centers on an evening in which Kyra Hollis, a school teacher is visited by Tom Sergeant, her ex-lover. Kyra had been living with the Sergeant family until their affair was discovered and she ran away abruptly. The story takes place on a single snowy night on which Kyra and Tom attempt to rekindle their romance but end up arguing about their philosophies of life.
This production stars Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and Carey Mulligan (Shame) The play is currently on Broadway at the Golden Theater.
Shows are Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Saturday January 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Nothing causes controversy or gets the butts in the seats quit like sex and violence. DV8 Physical Theatre in London presents, John about a man with a violent, drug fueled past who wants a new life and looks in an unusual place to get it. Playwright Lloyd Newson says he interviewed over fifty men about love and sex to find the man whose life he would base the play on. The show is experimental, in that it combines spoken work with dance and movement.
Shows are Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Saturday January 31, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
One thing all the children in the world have in common is that they are all planning their escape. Whether they are dreaming of becoming famous, going off to college or rambling around the world, everyone is just waiting to grow up and get out. Nothing fulfills a child’s adventure fantasies quit like Treasure Island which tells the story of a young lad who accompanies pirates to a dangerous island where a treasure is buried. The National Theater production of this show was adapted by Bryony Lavery.
Shows are on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
All show are at the World Trade Center Theater and all ticket prices range from $15.00 to $20.00
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.