Martin Moran is an award winning writer and solo performer of shows as entertaining as they are soulful. His most recent offering, ALL THE RAGE, won the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show and garnered an Outer Critics Circle nomination. His previous work, THE TRICKY PART, won an OBIE Award and two Drama Desk nominations, including one for Best Play. His memoir of the same title (published by Random House, Anchor Books), won numerous honors including a Barnes and Noble Discover Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. He continues to write and to perform his astonishingly moving and humorous work both nationally and internationally.
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THE TRICKY PART, one of the most heralded one-man plays in recent memory, tells the true story of sexuality, spirituality and the mystery of human experience. Between the ages of 12 and 15, the author had a sexual relationship with an older man, a counselor he met at a Catholic boys camp. Now 42 and an established New York actor, he has transformed his story into a riveting, often funny and always surprising journey throughout the complexities of Catholicism, desire and human trespass.
“Surprising and moving! Startling, marvelously told.”
– New York Newsday
“Deeply personal and exceedingly honest. It steadily builds from its unassuming beginning to an emotionally charged ending. A powerful, truthful account.” – Broadway.com
“An emotionally honest play about sexuality and reconciliation.” – Associated Press
“The Tricky Part is the most powerful play of the season.”
– Next Magazine
THE TRICKY PART was originally produced by James B. Freydberg, CTM Productions, Wendy vanden Heuvel, Sharon Rosen in association with True Love Productions and was directed by Seth Barrish. For production history, click here.
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The Barrow Group Theatre, November-December 2018
Director: Seth Barrish
Produced by The Barrow Group
The McGinn-Cazale Theater, April 2004
Director: Seth Barrish
Set Design by Paul Steinberg
Produced by James Freydberg
July 15-August 13, 2005
Shakespeare and Company
August 16-September 3, 2005
San Jose Repertory Theater
San Jose, California
October 13-November 13, 2005
The Curious Theater
The Signature Theater
Helen Hayes Nomination: Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play
Martin wondered for most of his adult life about anger. Surely he should have more rage about the crime he experienced as a boy, shouldn’t he? Everyone thinks so. The question haunts him and sends him on a quest from west of the Rockies to south of Johannesburg. Jumping from dream to memory to fact he finds himself in an electric encounter with his fuming stepmother, lost in Africa with a guide who can’t read maps, and in a room translating the details of an asylum seeker’s torture. With equal parts honesty and entertainment, ALL THE RAGE attempts to solve an ancient human riddle: How is it that one moment we might reach out in compassion and the next…kill?
“Profoundly touching. This soulful show leads you into thought-and-emotion-stirring territory that you don’t often visit at the theater.”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“…brilliant, funny and touching.” – The New Yorker
“A potent and deeply moving monologue about living with forgiveness without getting all mushy about it. Don’t miss this gem of a show!” – Bloomberg News
“Heartwarming and hilarious!” – Backstage
“Moran moves his eighty-minute odyssey seamlessly.”
– New York Daily News
“…a riveting new solo show.” – Broadway.com
Critics Pick – New York Magazine
ALL THE RAGE was originally produced by piece by piece productions and Rising Phoenix Repertory in association with The Barrow Group, and was directed by Seth Barrish. For complete production history, click here.
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The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
January 19 – February 24, 2013
Seth Barrish directed the award-winning shows My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Solo Show), Sleepwalk With Me (Nightlife Award for Outstanding Comedian in a Major Performance), The Tricky Part (OBIE Award, Drama Desk Nominations for Best Play and Best Solo Show), Pentecost (Drama Desk Nomination for Best Play), Old Wicked Songs (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award & Garland Award for Best Direction), and Good (Straw Hat Award for Best Direction), among dozens of productions spanning a 35-year career. Seth co-directed Mike Birbiglia’s feature film Sleepwalk With Me. Theaters Seth has worked with include The Intiman, New York Theater Workshop, The Long Wharf, The McCarter, The Geffen Playhouse, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Promenade, The Signature Theater, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose Rep, The La Jolla Playhouse, Two River Theater, Playhouse 91, La MaMa E.T.C., The Perry Street Theatre, Provincetown Rep, and The Barrow Group—a New York City theatre company where he is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director. A professional acting and directing teacher, Seth recently served as a Master Teacher at the International Director’s Symposium in Spoleto, Italy, and is author of the book An Actor’s Companion–99 Bits of Craft. Seth was a producer on Mike Birbiglia’s most recent CD Sleepwalk With Me Live. As an actor, Seth appears regularly in film and on television.
Broadway: Merchant of Venice, Next to Normal, Talk Radio, An Almost Holy Picture, Death of a Salesman. New York: The Great God Pan (Playwrightʼs Horizons), Murder Ballad, Beauty of the Father, Iron (MTC), Lonely Iʼm Not, Boyʼs Life, Some Men (Second Stage), RENT (New World Stages), The Intelligent Homosexualʼs Guide…, Satellites, Fucking A, Pericles, A Dybbuk, The Winterʼs Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Cymbeline, Timon of Athens, (Public Theatre), Angels in America, Hot-N-Throbbing (Signature), Distracted (Roundabout),UNCONDITIONAL (Labyrinth), A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream, Richard III, Hamlet,(CSC).
Previously at Second Stage: Modern Terrorism and Eurydice. Current and recent projects: Dear Elizabeth (Yale Rep), The Twenty-Seventh Man (The Public Theater), Angels in America, Part 1 and 2 (Wilma Theater), Completeness(Playwrights Horizons), The Grand Manner (Lincoln Center Theater). On Broadway, Mr. Champa has designed In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play at the Lyceum Theater and Julia Sweeney’s God Said “Ha!,” also at the Lyceum. Other New York credits include Manhattan Theater Club, Classic Stage Company, New York Stage & Film, and La MaMa E.T.C. Regionally, Mr. Champa has designed for CenterStage, Berkeley Rep, The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Rep, Trinity Rep, CalShakes, McCarter Theater, Campo Santo, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Actors’ Gang, and the Kennedy Center. Thanks J + J. PEACE.
Broadway: The Heiress, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nomination), Impressionism. Select NY/Off-Broadway: Murder Ballad (MTC), February House (Public), This is Fiction (Cherry Lane), Play Dead (Players Theater), Timon of Athens (Public), Encores: Anyone Can Whistle (NYCC), Fall For Dance (2008-2012). Select Regional: North Shore Music Theater, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theater, New York Stage & Film, 2 Rivers, Long Wharf, McCarter, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Intiman. International: Cirque du Soleil’s Wintuk and Kooza, Diabolidad (National Theater of Cyprus), King Lear (Dijon Festival). klaxson.net
Recent sets and/or costumes: Volpone (Red Bull Theater), Wild With Happy(Public Theater), Hamlet (CalShakes), Party People (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theater), The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper (Williamstown), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Public Theater), After The Revolution (Playwrights Horizons), Angels in America 1&2,Hurt Village (Signature) NY: Lincoln Center Theater, Second Stage, New York Theater Workshop, Culture Project, Foundry, Ma-Yi, Women’s Project, New Georges, Naatco, Clubbed Thumb, others. Regional: Alley, A.R.T, Asolo, Alliance, Dallas, Guthrie, Kansas City Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Huntington, Denver Center, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Long Wharf, Opera Boston, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, others. International: Barbican, Thalia, Rijksteatern, O’Reilly, Kanon, Teatro Pilipino and others. Honors: 2010 Lucille Lortel award, 2009 TDF Irene Sharaff award, 2007 & 2009 ATW Henry Hewes award, 2008 & 2010 Drama Desk nominations. Upcoming: Here Lies Love, a new musical by David Byrne, directed by Alex Timber at the Public Theater, The Good Person of Schezuanwith Taylor Mac, directed by Lear Debessonet, Foundry Theater.
Recent designs include The Old Man and The Old Moon (Gym at Judson), Victor Frange Presents: Gas (Incubator Arts Project),The Illustrated Man (St. Ann’s Warehouse). Animation and Assistant work includes Water by the Spoonful, bare: the musical, Bring it On, Magic/Bird, Newsies! Bart is a resident designer of PigPen Theatre Co.
Tom Taylor recently staged managed the Off- Broadway production of David Adjmi’s 3C. He also served as stage manager on the critically acclaimed production of Mr. Adjmi’s Elective Affinities, starring Zoe Caldwell. His Broadway credits include, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Stones In His Pockets, and eight years on the long running musical Cats. At the Brooklyn Academy of Music he was stage manager for Endgame, starring John Turturro, and for Tony Kushner’sHomebody, Kabul. His Off-Broadway credits include: Timon of Athens for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Theatre Lab Series, Kenny Solm’s, It Must Be Him and Jon Maran’s award winning production of The Temperamentals. In addition he has also stage managed Nilaja Sun’s No Child…, Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), and Martin Moran’s original Off-Broadway production of The Tricky Part. Tom has worked throughout the US and Canada and has served as Guest Artist for Columbia University’s School of the Arts productions ofLoves Labour’s Lost, Three Sisters, The House of Bernarda Alba, Crocodile Eyes, The Canterbury Tales, The Phoenician Women, and this fall’s production of Joan of Arc: Voices in the Fire.
Steven Chaikelson and Kendra Bator provide general management services for productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and across the United States. Credits include, Broadway: Ring of Fire; Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Tony Award); George Gershwin Alone; A Moon for the Misbegotten; Death of a Salesman (Tony Award, starring Brian Dennehy); The Price and Fool Moon (Tony Award); Off-Broadway: Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature; 3C; Elective Affinities (starring Zoe Caldwell); Slipping; Too Much Memory; Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn; Evil Dead The Musical; Almost, Maine; The Normal Heart; They Wrote That: The Songs of Mann & Weil; The Tricky Part (Obie Award); Private Jokes, Public Places; Peter Brook’s Tierno Bokar and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (RSC); National Tour/Regional: Divorce Party The Musical; Trumbo (starring Brian Dennehy); Fool Moon; The Vagina Monologues (Los Angeles) and Art (Chicago); International: Where Elephants Weep (Cambodia). Steven teaches in the Theatre Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts where he directs the MFA concentration in Theatre Management & Producing.
piece by piece productions is a not-for-profit organization that was started in 1999 by Wendy vanden Heuvel. Its mission is to produce film and theater that is socially, politically, and spiritually relevant to our times. piece by piece is also very interested in supporting the development of theatre artists and their original work through workshops, readings, and the productions of new plays. Productions have included: Medea directed by Deborah Warner with Fiona Shaw on Broadway (associate producer), The Tricky Part by Martin Moran, Ode to the Man Who Kneels by Richard Maxwell, in association with the NY City Players, and The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh, Mabou Mines DollHouse, and Emma Rice’s Brief Encounter, all in association with St. Ann’s Warehouse, My Name is Rachel Corrie in association with The Royal Court Theatre, Too Much Memory in association with Rising Phoenix Repertory, Slipping by Daniel Talbott in association with Rising Phoenix Repertory and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Elective Affinities by David Adjmi in association with Rising Phoenix Rep and Soho Rep, 3C also by David Adjmi in association with Rising Phoenix Rep and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, underneathmybed by Florencia Lozano,Yosemite by Daniel Talbott in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman’s Lake Lucille Chekhov Project (Ivanov2010, Seagull 2011). In December of 2013, in association with St. Ann’s Warehouse, LaMaMa and Dovetail Productions, piece by piece productions will be producing Lee Breuer’s La Divina Caricatura. Films supported: Fierce Grace: Ram Dass by Mickey Lemle, and The Rest I Make Up: Documenting Irene by Michelle Memran (a documentary about the life and work of the playwright Irene Fornes). Wendy vanden Heuvel was co-artistic director with Rosemary Quinn of The Other Theater (1994-1999); credits include: Three by Beckett ’94 and ’96 directed by Joseph Chaikin, Mud by Irene Fornes, Women. War. Comedy. by Thomas Brasch, Springtime by Irene Fornes, and Counting the Waysby Edward Albee.
The recipient of the 2007 Caffe Cino Fellowship and the New York Innovative Theatre Award, Rising Phoenix Repertory was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Daniel Talbott, and produces both in the Indie Theatre and Off-Broadway in traditional spaces and site-specifically around New York City. Recent productions include the acclaimed, sold-out Off-Broadway runs of 3C, (co-produced with Rattlestick and piece by piece productions), Elective Affinities (co-produced site-specifically with piece by piece and Soho Rep), Slipping(produced with piece by piece and Rattlestick) and Too Much Memory (also with piece by piece) which transferred to the New York Theatre Workshop’s Fourth Street Theatre after winning the FringeNYC award for Outstanding Play in 2008. RPR recently finished its year-and-a-half-long event called Cino Nights, inspired by Joe Cino and his Caffe Cino—one of the original birthplaces of Off-Off-Broadway theatre—for which the company commissioned nineteen playwrights to write new, full-length plays to be fully produced site-specifically in the intimate back room of East Village restaurant Jimmy’s No. 43 on a shoestring budget. The first volume of plays from the series, Cino Nights: Plays from Rising Phoenix Rep, was published by The New York Theatre Experience and available online at Indie Theater Now. Other recent productions include Ceremony, Afterclap, Birthday, and Don’t Pet the Zookeeper (Seventh Street Small Stage); 365 Days/365 Plays(Jimmy’s No. 43 and The Public Theater); What Happened When (HERE Arts Center); Fall Forward (part of the Sitelines/River to River festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council); The Telling Trilogy (including The Ride, 2006 NYIT Award Nominee – Outstanding Original Short Script/Crystal Skillman), Rules of the Universe (Winner, 2007 NYIT Awards for Outstanding Original Short Script/Daniel Reitz and Director/Daniel Talbott), and Three Sisters (Seventh Street Small Stage); Gift by Mark Schultz and Ponies by Mike Batistick (FringeNYC). Rising Phoenix Rep serves as a home base for a company of theatre professionals that encourages an open exchange of work and ideas within the greater theatre community. The company is a proud member of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, League of Independent Theaters/NY, and The Dish. www.RisingPhoenixRep.org.
Founded in 1986, The Barrow Group Theatre Company provides inspiration and resources to the entire arts community of NYC. The TBG Arts Center and the Barrow Group Acting School serve as an artistic home for some of New York’s finest actors, directors, playwrights, filmmakers, designers, and visual artists. Play Development is an important aspect of The Barrow Group’s programming. TBG regularly gives new plays a forum for works-in-progress or workshop productions. In addition to developing All The Rage, The Barrow Group also developed Martin Moran’s award winning off-Broadway piece, The Tricky Part.Other recently developed projects include the recent Off-Broadway hit and Drama Desk Award Nominee Sleepwalk With Me, starring Mike Birbiglia and developed and directed by Seth Barrish, later adapted into a feature film co-directed by Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish, winning the Best of NEXT Audience Award at The Sundance Film Festival; the Off-Broadway production of My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, which won the 2011 Lucille Lortel Winner for Best Solo Show; A Steady Rain by written by Keith Huff had it’s first NYC workshop production at TBG, eventually landing on Broadway with Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman; Jon Maran’s The Temperamentals, which began in the TBG reading series and was produced on The TBG Main Stage before transferring to New World Stages, with Man Underdog and Daryl Roth Productions.
Between the ages of twelve and fifteen, Martin Moran had a sexual relationship with an older man, a counselor he’d met at a Catholic boys’ camp. Almost thirty years later, at the age of forty-two, he set out to find and face his abuser.
The Tricky Part tells the story of this relationship and its complex effect on the man Moran became. He grew up in an exemplary Irish Catholic family–his great aunt was a cloistered nun; his father, a newspaper reporter. They might have lived in the Denver Neighborhood of Virginia Vale, but they belonged to Christ the King, the church and school up the hill. And the lessons Martin absorbed, as a good Catholic boy, were filled with the fraught mysteries of the spirit and the flesh.
Into that world came Bob — a Vietnam vet carving a ranch camp out of the mountain wilderness, showing the boys under his care how to milk cows, mend barbed wire fence, and raft rivers. He drove a six-wheeled International Harvester truck; he could read the stars like a map. He also noticed a young boy who seemed a little unsure of himself, and he introduced that boy to the secret at the center of bodies.
Told with startling candor and disarming humor, The Tricky Part carries us to the heart of a paradox–that what we think of as damage may be the very thing that gives rise to transformation, even grace.
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“A beautiful book. Martin Moran is a graceful, witty, perceptive writer, remarkably brave, free of self-pity – his spirit, manifest on every page, is discerning and generous to the point of radiance. He’s a scrupulous and precise rememberer and explorer, and because he refuses simplification for the sake of judgment and yet insists on the necessity of rendering judgment, The Tricky Part is fully human, unsettling and wise.”
– Tony Kushner, Author of Angels in America
“A tender, searingly honest, and heartbreaking account of the legacy of sexual violation. Moran bravely unveils the tricky part: the paradoxical worlds of longing and shame, the erotic and the reviled, the profane and the sacred all living in one act, one man, one life. Gorgeously written, the book is a divine literary and spiritual exorcism.”
– Eve Ensler, Author of The Vagina Monologues
“Martin Moran has written a story about difficult, painful and deeply personal events in his life with uncommon generosity and decency. The story is shocking, even brutal, but I felt cleansed at its end. He has found compassion where I would have thought there was none. When art does that, it enriches us, and his book is art.”
– Terrence McNally, Tony Award winning author of Frankie and Johnny …
“Martin Moran has written an account of a childhood at once conventional and nearly unfathomable. A deep, tempered spirit shines through every page, by turns understated and dazzling, wildly comic and gut wrenching.”
– Nick Flynn, Author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
“Martin Moran not only writes unflinchingly about the sexual abuse of a child, he expands it into a meditation on suffering, despair, forgiveness, redemption, and the mysterious workings of grace. He elevates the confessional to the level of art.”
– Michael Cunningham, Author of The Hours
“The Tricky Part is a story of sexual abuse and its seemingly endless half life-remarkable, then, that this isn’t a book about blame, but forgiveness. Those of us, and we are legion, whose innocence has not been lost so much as taken, have a choice. We can remain children and insist on a black and white vision of perpetrators and victims, or, like Martin Moran, we can grow up. We can arrive at the understanding that love is only as pure, or as whole, or as beautiful, as the always imperfect beings who offer and demand it.”
– Kathryn Harrison, Author of The Kiss
“The Tricky Part is that rare, triumphant thing-a book so bravely remembered and so fully imagined as to be capable of rendering a life in all of its moral complexity.”
– Richard McCann, Author of Mother of Sorrows
“In an age where reality television exploits intimacy, and tell-all autobiographies have become endemic, Martin Moran’s book restores faith in the literary memoir. In documenting his troubling childhood relationship with a much older man, he eschews ready sensationalism and-instead-bravely articulates the complexities that color even the most taboo relationships. And he accomplishes it all with a prose style that is rich, immediate and constantly surprising. His is a book both haunting and profound.”
– Doug Wright, Author of Quills
Martin Moran grew up in Denver, attended Stanford University and lives in New York City where he makes his living as an actor and writer. Most recently he completed the Off Broadway run of his one-man play, All The Rage, which received the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Solo Show. He received an OBIE and two Drama Desk Nominations for his 2004 solo play, The Tricky Part, based upon his memoir of the same title. The Tricky Part memoir won the 2005 Lambda Non-Fiction Prize and Barnes and Noble Discover Award. As an actor, Martin’s Broadway and Off-Broadway performances include: Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, How To Succeed…, Big River; Fun Home, (Public Theater) Floyd Collins, (Playwrights Horizons) A Man of No Importance, (Lincoln Center Theater) and Cider House Rules and John Guare’s Three Kinds of Exile at The Atlantic Theater Company. He has performed in many regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse (Puck), Long Wharf, Williamstown Theater Festival, Trinity Repertory Company and The Intiman Theater. He has also presented his solo work internationally in Poland, South Africa and Canada.
His film and television work includes guest appearances on The Newsroom; The Big C; Possible Side Affects; Private Parts; Law &Order; Law & Order Criminal Intent; Dellaventura and Mary and Rhoda. He wrote the Book and Lyrics for the 2012 “Inner Voices” solo musical, Borrowed Dust, with composer Joseph Thalken. His writing has appeared in Ploughshares and Pushcart Prize. He was awarded a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony and is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Creative Non-fiction. He is at work on his next book, Analphabet.
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And a written excerpt from the memoir about Martin’s time in Johannesburg and lessons in Forgiveness.
November 21 through December 12th, 2016
Martin performed both his solo plays
All The Rage and The Tricky Part
in San Francisco at The American Conservatory Theater, Strand Theater.
July 12 through September 24th, 2016
Martin was in Atlanta at The Alliance Theater working on the new musical
The Prom, Directed by Casey Nicholaw.
June 6 – NYC Barnes and Noble • Upper West Side • 7pm
June 8th – Zen Center • 23rd street NYC • 7:30pm
June 9th – Boston • Calderwood Pavilion • 7:30pm
June 17 – Book Soup • LA • 7pm
June 20th – Curious Theater • Denver • 7pm
October 30th – November 2nd
The National Center for Performing Arts Oct 30 – 31
The Prithvi Theater Nov 1 and 2
November 11, 12, 13 and 14
at The Ranga Shankara Theater
November 14 – 16th
14th at The American Consulate and
15 and 16th at The Indian Habitat Center
• Catch Marin as Vanya in Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike At The Huntington Theater in Boston from January 2 through February 1.
• Upcoming performances of ALL THE RAGE and THE TRICKY PART featured on Playbill.com.
• Read Martin Moran on Finding Fresh Inspiration from John Guare’s Acting Debut in 3 Kinds of Exile on Broadway.com.
• May 6, 2013: ALL THE RAGE wins Outstanding Solo Show at The Lucille Lortel Awards!
• April 22, 2013: ALL THE RAGE is nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance!
ALL THE RAGE will be released by Dramatists Play Service.