Garth Holcombe, Claire Lovering, Paige Gardiner and Tim Reuben in the Australian Theatre for Young People production of David Gieselman's "Mr. Kolpert" in 2014. (Photo by Gez Xavier Mansfield)

Third Rail Repertory Theatre Announces 10th Season

Dark comedies and dramas fill the theatre’s next season, by authors including James Graham, Liz Duffy Adams, David Gieselman and Enda Walsh.

PORTLAND, ORE.: Third Rail Repertory Theatre has announced its 2015–16 season, its 10th. The first at the theatre’s new home at Imago Theatre, it will include four mainstage shows and a series of quarterly “wild card” productions.

First up is the American premiere of The Angry Brigade by James Graham, about a gang that forms in 1970s England to take out its anger on the community.

Next is Liz Duffy Adams’s Or, a historical drama imagining the personal and professional life of Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright of the Restoration era.

Mr. Kolpert by David Gieselman, translated by David Tushingham, follows. In this German dark comedy, a dinner party takes a sinister turn when one of the hosts pretends that a dead body is hidden in his trunk.

Closing the season will be The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh, in which friends Breda and Clara relive the night when they were almost seduced by a singer while younger sister Ada fights off the romantic overtures of the local fishmonger.

Third Rail’s “wild card” productions will be smaller efforts from within the company or works presented by another local artistic organization. The shows may take the form of a series of salons, classes or coproductions with other companies. Production titles and dates will be announced quarterly.

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