Martin Moran Returns to The Barrow Group with ALL THE RAGE, Sept 13 - Oct 5
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:37 pm EDT 08/19/19


Obie-Winner Martin Moran Returns to The Barrow Group with “profoundly touching” (New York Times) Lortel-Winning Solo Show

The Barrow Group presents

All The Rage

Written and performed by Martin Moran

Directed by Seth Barrish

Previews: September 13–15 at 7:30pm
Opening: Monday, September 16 at 7:30pm

Regular performances: September 18–23, 25–28 at 7:30pm; October 2–5 at 7:30pm

The Barrow Group (312 West 36th St)
Tickets: $35–$60 ($20-$25 students)
barrowgroup.org; 866-811-4111

The Barrow Group, under the leadership of Co-Artistic Directors Seth Barrish and Lee Brock and Executive Director Robert Serrell, is proud to present a revival of Martin Moran’s All The Rage, winner of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for “Outstanding Solo Show.” With the same powerful blend of humor and pathos that audiences experienced in Moran’s The Tricky Part, the OBIE-winning playwright and performer embarks on a quest to understand how people can be compassionate one minute and then cruel the next. Directed by Barrish (Mike Birbiglia’s The New One), this limited engagement runs September 13–October 5 at The Barrow Group (312 West 36th St) with an opening set for September 16.

For most of his adult life, Moran wondered about anger. He should have more rage about the crime he experienced as a boy, shouldn’t he? Everyone thinks so. Haunted by this question, Moran sets out on a quest that leads him around the globe—working as a translator for an African asylum-seeker, who was subjected to torture; encountering his stepmother in Colorado; getting lost in South Africa; and uncovering truths at the Cradle of Humankind. 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?

Upon its premiere in 2013, Ben Brantley in The New York Times wrote, “this soulful show leads you into thought–and emotion-stirring territory that you don’t often visit at the theater.” The New Yorker noted that “with each digression, the audience understands more viscerally the depth of compassion and connectedness that Martin’s abuse allowed him to feel.” In his New York Magazine critic’s pick, Scott Brown wrote, “All The Rage presents as a breezy tour of a midlife crisis, then positions us over trapdoors that lead to subcellars of pain and fury. Beneath the diplomatic smiles and the inner-seething is a half-hidden tale of loss – and Moran’s too skilled an entertainer to make it all mordantly funny.”

When I reflect on my life or look at the chaos of present-day America, I see anger as an emotion we all experience,” says Moran. “Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but what creating All The Rage has taught me and hopefully others, is that destruction is a choice. And so is compassion.”

The creative team for All The Rage includes Mark Wendland (scenic design), Russell Champa (lighting design), Leon Rothenberg (sound design), and Allison Raynes (production stage manager).

Eighteen performances of All The Rage will take place September 13 – October 5 (see schedule above) at The Barrow Group, 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan. Critics are welcome as of September 13 for an opening on Monday, September 16. Tickets, priced at $35–$60 ($20-$25 students), can be purchased by visiting barrowgroup.org or by calling 866-811-4111.

About the Artists

Playwright and performer Martin Moran’s latest play, Theo, premiered this past spring at Two River Theater. His one-man play, All The Rage, received a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway Solo Show. He received a 2004 OBIE and two Drama Desk nominations for The Tricky Part, based upon his memoir (of the same title), which won the 2005 Lambda Non-Fiction Prize and Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His Broadway and Off-Broadway performances include roles in: Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Wicked, Bells Are Ringing, How To Succeed in Business…, Big River, Floyd Collins, (Playwrights Horizons) A Man of No Importance, (Lincoln Center Theater) 3 Kinds of Exile and Cider House Rules at The Atlantic Theater Company and Mans A Man at Classic Stage Company. His film and Television work includes guest appearances on The Newsroom; The Big C; Z-Nation, Possible Side Affects; Private Parts; various Law &Orders; Dellaventura and Mary and Rhoda. He wrote the book and lyrics for the 2012 “Inner Voices” solo musical, Borrowed Dust, with composer Joseph Thalken. Moran’s writing has appeared in Ploughshares, the Pushcart Prize anthology and the New York Times. He was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant for Creative Non-fiction. His second memoir, All The Rage, was released in 2016 by Beacon Press.

Director Seth Barrish is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Barrow Group. Directing Credits include (Broadway) Mike Birbiglia’s The New One; (Off Broadway) The New One (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE); The Tricky Part (OBIE Award, Drama Desk Nominations for BEST PLAY and BEST SOLO SHOW), All The Rage (Lucille Lortel Award for BEST SOLO SHOW), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, (Lucille Lortel Award for BEST SOLO SHOW, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for BEST SOLO SHOW—Final performance at Carnegie Hall), Sleepwalk With Me (Nightlife Award for OUTSTANDING COMEDIAN IN A MAJOR PERFORMANCE), 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 Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, in regional theater and internationally. Barrish co-directed Mike Birbiglia’s feature film Sleepwalk With Me. He is a professional acting and directing teacher and is author of the book An Actor’s Companion–Tools for the Working Actor. Barrish co-directed the Netflix Comedy Special Thank God for Jokes and directed the Netflix Comedy Special Mike Birbiglia, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend. He was a consulting producer for the film Don’t Think Twice and a producer of Mike Birbiglia’s CD Sleepwalk With Me Live. As an actor, Barrish appears regularly in film and on television. He is also a composer (SESAC).

Mark Wendland (scenic design) – Broadway: The Rose Tattoo, Six Degrees of Separation, Significant Other, Heisenberg, If/Then, Merchant of Venice (Tony nom.), Next to Normal (Tony nom.), Talk Radio, An Almost Holy Picture, Death of a Salesman. New York: Murder Ballad, Beauty of the Father, Iron (MTC), Significant Other (Roundabout), The Mother, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic), Moscow Moscow Moscow...,Yen, Punk Rock (MCC), A Month in the Country, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Hamlet (CSC), The Layover, Lonely I’m Not, Boy’s Life (Second Stage), The Pain of My Belligerence (Playwrights Horizons), 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 Theatre).

Russell Champa (lighting design) – Current and recent projects include Macbeth (CalShakes), About Alice (TFANA), Romeo And Juliet (Huntington), Everest (Kansas City Opera) and Thresh|Hold (Pilobolus). Broadway credits include China Doll (Gerald Schoenfeld Theater), In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (Lyceum Theatre/Lincoln Center Theater), and Julia Sweeney’s God Said “Ha!” (Lyceum Theatre). New York work includes Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, The Public, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYSAF and Julliard. Regional work includes Steppenwolf, ACT, The Wilma, Trinity Rep, CalShakes, Mark Taper Forum, and The Kennedy Center. Thanks J + J. PEACE.

Leon Rothenberg (sound design) – Recent Broadway: Hillary and Clinton, The Waverly Gallery, Mike Birbiglia’s The New One, The Boys In The Band. Recent Regional: Huntington Theater, La Mirada Performing Arts Center, Two River Theater, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, A.C.T., City Theater Pittsburgh, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Rep, La Jolla, Williamstown Theater Festival, NY Stage and Film. International: Cirque du Soleil, National Theatre of Cyprus, and Dijon International Festival. Tony Award for Sound Design: The Nance. klaxson.net

Allison Raynes (production stage manager) – NYC credits: Intelligence, Selkie, The Providence of Neighboring Bodies [NYC & Edinburgh Fringe], Latter Days, The Sister [Edinburgh Fringe] (Dutch Kills); Random Acts (Renata Hinrichs); Situations (Palmy Inn); A Walk In The Woods, The Thing With Feathers, Muswell Hill, Expecting Isabel, Abigail's Party (The Barrow Group); Half Moon Bay (Lesser America); Pass Over (Cherry Lane, Mentor Project); Trump Lear[Edinburgh Fringe], The Gun Show [WiT Festival], Connected [59E59] (Project Y). Favorite Chicago credits: Lunacy!, Crumble: Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake, Exit Strategy, The Peacock (Jackalope); Music Hall, The Dumb Waiter, Baal (TUTA). Member of Actors’ Equity Association.

About The Barrow Group

The Barrow Group’s mission is to combine unpredictable, spontaneous acting with well-crafted stories that address social, spiritual, and political issues – to create an immediate, authentic connection between actors, audiences, and the writing. In the heart of New York City, The Barrow Group operates a 10,000 square foot arts center comprised of a 99-seat Main Stage theatre, 40-seat studio theatre, and several teaching studios. To date, The Barrow Group has served over 80,000 New York City audience members with its productions, over 1,000 artists with its developmental programming, and over 30,000 students with its training. Several of the shows developed or produced by The Barrow Group, including Martin Moran’s The Tricky Part and All the Rage, Stefanie Zadravec’s Honey Brown Eyes, Jon Maran’s Old Wicked Songs, and Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk with Me, have gone on to perform nationally and internationally. The Barrow Group supports female voices through its F.A.B. Women program, devoted to developing plays for, about, and by women. The Barrow Group has received Drama Desk and OBIE awards. Alumni have won Academy, Emmy, Tony, and Lucille Lortel awards. The Barrow Group’s vision is to be the international epicenter for audiences hungry for storytelling that is intimate, real, and spontaneous, helping people to connect with their humanity.

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