New Jersey Stage

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Two River Theater Presents "A Map of the Soul: The Tricky Part and All the Rage"

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, continues its 2013-2014 Season with The Tricky Part and All the Rage, two plays written and performed in repertory by Martin Moran and directed by Seth Barrish under the umbrella title A Map of the Soul. Two River's performance calendar includes days when both 80-minute performances can be seen as a single theatrical event, with a break between performances. The two shows can also be seen independently from each other, in any order. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or  Performances run fromSaturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 17, 2013 in the Rechnitz Theater.

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.

All the Rage, Moran's 2013 solo performance, was written in part in response to a question he encountered while performing The Tricky Part: why wasn't he angrier about what happened to him as a boy? The question inspires a quest that takes him from Manhattan to west of the Rockies and south of Johannesburg. The people he encounters along the way—his estranged stepmother, a guide who can't read maps, and an African refugee seeking asylum in the US—underlie the distance between anger and compassion. All the Rage received the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Solo Show.

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, moderated by a member of the theater's Artistic staff and featuring Moran and other guest speakers at occasional performances.

Moran is performing The Tricky Part and All the Rage in repertory for the first time with Two River's production of A Map of the Soul. As an actor, his Broadway and Off-Broadway performances include Cabaret, Titanic, and John Guare's Three Kinds of Exile (Atlantic Theater Company). His film and television work includes guest appearances on The Newsroom and The Big C. He wrote the book and lyrics for the 2012 "Inner Voices" solo musical, Borrowed Dust, with composer Joseph Thalken. He is at work on his next book, Analphabet, and is writing a new play as a commission for Two River.

Director Seth Barrish directed the original New York productions of The Tricky Part and All the Rage. His other credits include Mike Birbiglia's award-winning shows My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show) and Sleepwalk With Me (Nightlife Award for Outstanding Comedian in a Major Performance), which he also co-directed as a feature film. He directed Waiting for Godot at Two River Theater in 2006. He is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of New York's The Barrow Group.

The creative team for A Map of the Soul includes scenic designer Mark Wendland and co-scenic designer Warren Karp; lighting designer Russell Champa; sound designer Leon Rothenberg; and projection designer Bart Cortright. The stage manager is Kate Crossdale.

"The Tricky Part and All the Rage are two very personal and ultimately universal plays about redemption, forgiveness, and the challenge of empathy," says Artistic Director John Dias. "Two River Theater helped Marty develop All the Rage through a series of readings prior to its premiere in New York last season; we are now the first theater in the country to present these two plays as one continuing story. By presenting them in repertory, we are giving our audiences the opportunity to see these two remarkable plays in conversation with each other." 

Inside Two River
"Inside Two River" is a new series of events that are free and open to the public—including open rehearsals, film screenings, literary chats, panel discussions, and more—curated for each of Two River's productions throughout the season.

Text in Context: With A Map of the Soul, Two River will launch Text in Context, a new book club that will be led throughout the season by Literary Manager Anika Chapin. Moran will participate in a discussion of his memoir, The Tricky Part, on Sunday, November 10 at 5pm in Two River's Mastrobuono Library.

Guest Speakers: Two River Theater will host guest speakers during its scheduled post-play discussions throughout the run of A Map of the Soul. Dr. Christine Hatchard, a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at Monmouth University, will speak following the 3pm performance of The Tricky Part and 7pm performance of All the Rage on Sunday, November 3, Dr. Hatchard received Monmouth University's 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero award her work on behalf of survivors of abuse. Additional guests will be announced at a later date.

Ticket Information
Patrons who purchase tickets to both The Tricky Part and All the Rage received a 20% discount.

Ticket prices range from $37 to $65, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $24 and include the best available seats at every performance. All prices are subject to change. Tickets are available from or 732.345.1400.

The Tricky Part and All the Rage contain include adult themes and sexual content.

Two River Theater is fully wheelchair accessible and offers assisted-listening devices and large-print programs at every performance.  Working with Google, Two River has created and launched a virtual tour of its facility, which lives on Google Maps and This virtual tour provides an additional level of support and benefit for patrons who use wheelchairs or require other assistance by allowing them to virtually come through the theater's front doors and view the space in detail in advance of their visit.

An audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13 at 1pm; an open-captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, November 17 at 3pm. Tickets to these performances are offered at the discounted rate of $15 for patrons needing these services. To reserve wheelchair-accessible seating or tickets audio-described or open-captioned performance, patrons should call 732.345.1400.