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All the Rage

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Martin Moran
January 10, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor and Playwright.

What is your show about?
A middle aged guy goes on a quest to solve the riddle of how anger works in his life and in the world...along the way he meets an asylum seeker, a corpse, a screaming cab driver and the heart of a human paradox.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I got bit in high school when I was cast as Hero in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum. I loved all that attention, all those hilarious misfits. But it was when I went to Stanford thinking to be a lawyer--there was very little theater there--and it was the absence of the theater kooks and passion that I realized (as the nuns would say) my 'calling.' I fled Stanford and never looked back.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
Features a cast of one by the name of Martin!

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
All The Rage is chock full of questions about how anger and compassion function in or lives. I seem to get into paradoxes, contradictions. "Why is it one moment we might reach out with compassion and the next...kill? I hope some of the questions raised will provoke discussion well into a post show martini. Or two

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SEXY! It is the only show where a rather fit middle aged guy gets naked on stage--without taking his clothes off. The definition of sexy...right?

Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
Yes...I agree. A Democratic society thrives on the open exchange of ideas, of raising, changing consciousness. IN the theater-- we all come to a room and sit together and let a story open our minds, flip us open....help us see and be with one another.