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The Tricky Part

October 26, 2013 - November 17, 2013

Written and Performed by Martin Moran
Directed by Seth Barrish

The Tricky Part is being produced with select performances of ALL THE RAGE under the umbrella title A Map of the Soul.  

Joan & Robert Rechnitz Theater

“Beautiful... The Tricky Part is fully human, unsettling and wise,” says Tony Kushner.

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The Tricky Part is the story of a boy who was forced to grow up too quickly—and the man he became, whose journey to forgiveness takes him to the heart of a paradox: what we think of as damage may be the very thing that gives rise to transformation, even grace. The Tricky Part tells the true story of the sexual relationship Moran had with an older man, a counselor he met at a Catholic boys’ camp, between the ages of 12 and 15. Now an established New York actor (Monty Python’s Spamalot, Floyd Collins), Moran won an Obie Award and two Drama Desk nominations, including one for Best Play, for the original 2004 production of The Tricky Part. His memoir of the same title (published by Random House, Anchor Books) won numerous honors including a Barnes & Noble Discover Prize and a Lambda Literary Award.

To encourage conversation and engagement with the themes and ideas of A Map of the Soul, Two River is hosting post-play conversations following every performance.

The Tricky Part contains adult themes and sexual content.

Run Time: 80 minutes



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Martin Moran
Martin Moran

Writer and Performer

Martin Moran (Writer and Performer) 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 an 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 & Noble Discover Award. As an actor, Martin’s Broadway performances include Monty Python’s Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, How to Succeed…, and Big River. His Off-Broadway credits include Fun Home (The Public Theater), Floyd Collins (Playwrights Horizons), A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center Theater), and The Cider House Rules and John Guare’s Three Kinds of Exile (Atlantic Theater Company). He has performed in many regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse (Puck), Long Wharf, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, and Intiman Theatre. 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 Effects; 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.

Seth Barrish


Seth Barrish (Director) 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 and 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. He directed Waiting for Godot at Two River Theater. Other theaters he has worked with include the Intiman, New York Theatre Workshop, Long Wharf, McCarter, Geffen Playhouse, Sundance Theatre Lab, Promenade, Signature, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, 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 Symposium for Directors in Spoleto, Italy. He is the 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.

Mark Wendland

Co-Scenic Designer

Mark Wendland (Co-Scenic Designer) Broadway: Merchant of Venice, Next to Normal, Talk Radio, An Almost Holy Picture, Death of a Salesman. New York: The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), Murder Ballad, Beauty of the Father, Iron (MTC), Lonely I’m Not, Boy’s Life, Some Men (Second Stage), Rent (New World Stages), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, Satellites, Fucking A, Pericles, A Dybbuk, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Cymbeline, Timon of Athens (Public Theater), Angels in America, Hot-‘n’-Throbbing (Signature), Distracted (Roundabout),UNCONDITIONAL (Labyrinth), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Hamlet (CSC).

Russell H. Champa

Lighting Designer

Russell H. Champa (Lighting Designer) Current and recent projects: The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons), Dear Elizabeth (Berkeley Rep and Yale Rep), Water By the Spoonful and Modern Terrorism (Second Stage), The Twenty-Seventh Man The Public Theater), The Grand Manner (Lincoln Center Theater). On Broadway, Mr. Champa has designed In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play at the Lyceum Theatre and Julia Sweeney’s God Said "Ha!" also at the Lyceum. Other New York theaters Mr. Champa has designed for include Manhattan Theatre Club, Classic Stage Company, New York Stage & Film. Regionally, Mr. Champa has designed for ACT, Wilma Theater, Cal Shakes, Trinity Rep, Mark Taper Forum, and The Kennedy Center. Thanks J + J. Peace.

Leon Rothenberg

Sound Designer

Leon Rothenberg (Sound Designer) For Two River Theater: August Wilson’s Jitney, Present Laughter. On Broadway Leon designed The Nance (Tony Award), The Heiress, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nomination), and Impressionism. Recent regional work includes Sunday in the Park with George at Short North Stage, as well as work at Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre By The Sea, New York Stage & Film, Long Wharf, McCarter, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, and Intiman. Other work in NYC includes The Cradle Will Rock and Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road at New York City Center, Murder Ballad at Union Square Theater, as well as work with Women’s Theater Project, Tectonic Theater Project, Manhattan Theatre Club, Public Theater, and Lincoln Center. International designs include Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza and Wintuk, Diabolidad at The National Theater of Cyprus, King Lear at the Dijon Festival. More info:

Bart Cortright

Projection Designer

Bart Cortright (Projection Designer) Recent designs includes: The Old Man and the Old Moon (Gym at Judson, Writers Theatre), La Brea, Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb), Barbarous Nights (Invisible Dog), Party in the USA, Victor Frange Presents Gas (Incubator Arts Project), The Nightmare Story (Irondale), Illustrated Man (St. Ann’s Warehouse). Animation and Assistant work includes Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, Here Lies Love, Bring It On, Magic/Bird, and Newsies.

Kate Croasdale

Production Stage Manager

Kate Croasdale (Production Stage Manager): Broadway: Ghost The Musical, Relatively Speaking, Dead Accounts. Off-Broadway: All the Rage and Elective Affinities (Piece By Piece Productions and Rising Phoenix Rep), Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), King Lear (New York Classical Theatre). Regional: The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and New Repertory Theatre. Thanks to Tom and Jamie.


playMartin Moran Discusses His Two Plays

Martin Moran Discusses His Two Plays

playA Map of the Soul: Inside the Rehearsal Room

A Map of the Soul: Inside the Rehearsal Room

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Preview Trailer

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