An evening with author & actor Martin Moran

6/9/2016 Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA / South End

The Huntington Theatre Company presents a free reading, performance, and discussion with author and actor Martin Moran (Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Huntington) at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA on Thursday, June 9 at 7:30pm. All the Rage: A Quest is Moran’s new memoir, based on his 2013 Lucille Lortel Award-winning show for Outstanding Solo Show. His book explores how anger meets compassion and how our traumas may unexpectedly open us to the humanity of others.


Martin Moran appeared most recently at the Huntington Theatre Company as Vanya in the hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. He is the author of the Obie Award-winning solo play The Tricky Part, which became an award-winning memoir published by Boston’s own Beacon Press.


“Moran leads you into thought-and emotion-stirring territory that you don't often visit…Because he has the novelist’s command of the evocative detail, there are times when a precisely rendered moment seems to open a window onto a hauntingly expansive view.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Brilliant, funny, and touching.” – The New Yorker

“Moran's personal history is beautifully intertwined with his work as an interpreter for Siba, an African refugee seeking asylum in America after being imprisoned and tortured. With each stop, Moran became more enlightened and inched closer to realizing that deep within him was unfinished business requiring emotional and psychological attention in order to be permanently exorcised. But his unbreakable compassion and humanitarianism remained intact through every situation. . . . A courageous release from the pain, guilt, and fury of sexual abuse.” – Kirkus Reviews

“What Martin Moran does so well, as well as any artist I’m aware of, is to exist in real time. I imagine it comes from his years on stage, but this talent (considerable) is difficult to transfer to the page. Yet with a few words Moran captures, for one bright moment, what it is to be alive. Reading All the Rage is an experience like breathing —  it builds and builds until by the end it completely surrounds you. Moran asks at one point if he, dear God, is not finished with this fucking story —  yet as readers we stand in awe of his courage to push ever deeper into it, into rage and forgiveness, knowing that nothing is ever done. All the Rage is a small jewel of a book, a jeweled box made of nothing but air, really, which is all we have, in the end.” – Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City


Martin Moran’s previous memoir The Tricky Part received the 2005 LAMBDA Belles Lettres Award, and his one-man play of the same name was honored with a 2004 Obie Award. His recent play All the Rage won the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Solo Show. Mr. Moran’s writing has appeared in Ploughshares, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and The New York Times. As an actor he has appeared on television and on and off Broadway in many shows, including Spamalot, Titanic, Cabaret, Bells Are Ringing, Floyd Collins, 3 Kinds of Exile, and A Man of No Importance. Mr. Moran lives in New York City with his husband, Henry Stram.

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