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“The Tricky Part”

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Moran, Martin (American playwright, actor, 19_-____), “The Tricky Part,”

an 80-minute (without intermission) bare-stage dramatic monolog in English, set in memories, largely in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., 2002,


; © 2002 by Martin Moran; • in Martin Moran’s The Tricky Part (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 2002), ISBN 0-8222-2036-9; • script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, e-mail orders@dramatists.com, http://www.dramatists.com; also, script available in Talk to Me: Monologue Plays, edited by Nina Shengold and Eric Lane (New York: Vintage Books, 2004), 560 pp., ISBN 1400076153; Dramatists Play Service says,

§ Dramatis Persona Martin Moran (m), 42, American playwright, actor.

§ Synopsis “Between the ages of 12 and 15, the author had a sexual relationship with an older man. Now 42 and an established New York actor, he has transformed his story into a riveting, often funny and always surprising journey through the complexities of Catholicism, desire and human trespass.

§ Comment "The New York premiere received a 2004 Obie award and two Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Play. • ‘A translucent memoir of a play…shattering.’ —NY Times. ‘Powerful.’ —NY Post. ‘Surprising and moving! Startling, marvelously told.’ —NY 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.’ —A.P. ‘THE TRICKY PART is the most powerful play of the season.’ —Next Magazine.” • The script started from a stalled novel, which the playwright finished after having completed the script. • Research could include the novel, The Tricky Part: One Boy's Fall from Trespass into Grace (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Beacon Press, 2005), 288 pp., ISBN 0807072621. • Publishers Weekly and Booklist offer reviews on http://www.amazon.com. “To everyone else in the Denver neighborhood where he grew up in the '70s, Moran was a studious Catholic boy. No one knew he carried a secret that would fester for 30 years and lead to extreme anxiety, sexual compulsion and suicide attempts. At age 12 he met Bob, a church camp counselor in his 30s who, for several years, took Moran hiking and camping, and had sex with him. Moran painfully recounts the inner workings of a lonely, insecure adolescent who, out of a desperate need for friendship and acceptance, continued a sexual relationship with a man 20 years his senior. Feeling guilty and shameful regarding the affair and his homosexuality, Moran lived a life in which the erotic and the illicit fused, and compulsive sex became a means of self-punishment. Over the years, Moran, now a writer and actor, managed to glean bits of guidance and self-acceptance from his aunt, a contemplative nun; a New Age music teacher; friends; and eventually, recovery groups and therapy. Moran's Catholic-American gothic differs from other abuse/recovery/coming-out memoirs in that it examines a uniquely gay mind/body split as it subtly reflects on a gay man's spiritual quest for self-determination and love.”—Publishers Weekly. “Moran, now 42, gives a compelling account of his seduction, at age 12, by a counselor at his Catholic church camp, and their ensuing three-year relationship. He describes his gradual addiction to the sex itself, with no love attached, which he still sees repeated in his brief liaisons in parks and restrooms, despite 15 years with his partner, Henry. He remembers enjoying the concealment from friends and parents of his involvement with Bob, 20 years his senior. He recounts how he descended from "the top of the Catholic heap" in junior high to thoughts of suicide when he felt that his deeds "stuck to [him] like a bad smell." Moran discovers acting, then joins a men's support group for survivors of sexual abuse, and is amazed at "how much energy it takes in the present to continually dismiss the past." His is a poignant and provocative memoir that delves behind the titillating headlines to reveal what's really at stake when children are sexually abused by authority figures.”— Deborah Donovan, Booklist.

§ Themes acting, addiction, adolescence, authority figure, Catholicism, desire, friendship, grace, guilt, homosexuality, memoir, pedophilia, reconciliation, seduction, self-acceptance, self-punishment, sexual abuse, sexuality, spirituality, suicide, therapy.

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