Martin Moran's OBIE Award-Winning One-Man Show THE TRICKY PART Gets Philadelphia Premiere

After premiering Off-Broadway 13 years ago, The Tricky Part, heads to the City of Brotherly Love for a two-night limited engagement May 22-23. The true story of a young Martin Moran, The Tricky Part has been called "a translucent memoir of a play ... shattering and affecting" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times. This production of The Tricky Part is part of Drexel University's Entertainment & Arts Management Program's Producing Live Entertainment class, led by Drexel professor and Broadway producer Brannon Wiles.

The two performances of The Tricky Part will be presented at the Adrienne Theater located at 2030 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 on Monday, May 22nd at 7:00pm and Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00pm. Tickets for the general public will be available at bit.ly/trickypart and at the door prior to each performance, pending availability. Tickets will cost $30 for the general public; $15 for industry professionals; and $10 for students.

Following its premiere in 2004, The Tricky Part received a 2004 Obie Award, two Drama Desk Award nominations (Outstanding Play and Outstanding Solo Performance), an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination (Outstanding Solo Performance) and a GLAAD Media Award Nomination (Outstanding NY Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway). Moran has performed The Tricky Part throughout the United States and internationally. This marks the show's Philadelphia Premiere. He has also adapted the play into an award-winning memoir published by Anchor Press.

About Martin Moran:

Martin Moran grew up in Denver, attended Stanford University and lives in New York City where he makes his living as an actor and writer. The Off Broadway run of his one-man play, All The Rage, received the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Solo Show. He received an OBIE and two Drama Desk Nominations for his 2004 solo play, The Tricky Part, based upon his memoir of the same title. The Tricky Part memoir won the 2005 Lambda Non-Fiction Prize and Barnes and Noble Discover Award. As an actor, Martin's Broadway and Off-Broadway performances include: Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, How To Succeed..., Big River; Fun Home, (Public Theater) Floyd Collins, (Playwrights Horizons) A Man of No Importance, (Lincoln Center Theater) and Cider House Rules and John Guare's Three Kinds of Exile at The Atlantic Theater Company. He has performed in many regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, Williamstown Theater Festival, Trinity Repertory Company and the Intiman Theater. He has also presented his solo work internationally in Poland, South Africa and Canada.

Film and television work includes guest appearances on The Newsroom; The Big C; Possible Side Affects; Private Parts; Law & Order; Law & Order Criminal Intent; Dellaventura and Mary and Rhoda. He wrote the book and lyrics for the 2012 "Inner Voices" solo musical, Borrowed Dust, with composer Joseph Thalken. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Ploughshares, and Pushcart Prize. His memoir All The Rage: A Quest, was released this year by Beacon Press.

About Brannon Wiles:

Brannon Wiles is a producer and general manager of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Credits include Broadway: last season's revival of A.R. Gurney's Sylvia (starring Matthew Broderick, Annaleigh Ashford, Julie White, and Robert Sella), the recent revivals of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Tony winner Jessie Mueller) and That Championship Season (Kiefer Sutherland, Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Jim Gaffigan), Ring of Fire: The Songs of Johnny Cash, and Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Tony Award); Off-Broadway: Make Me A Song: The Songs of William Finn, Evil Dead The Musical, Martin Moran's The Tricky Part, Criss Angel Mindfreak and John Cariani's Almost, Maine; National Tour: Trumbo (starring Brian Dennehy). He also developed a musical adaptation of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory with writers Larry Grossman, Carol Hall, and Duane Poole, which had its New York premiere in 2014. He is a consulting producer on Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, which opens Off-Broadway in June at the Irish Repertory Theatre. He is a professor of Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM) at Drexel University.

About the students (EAM Productions):

This year's Producing Live Entertainment class is made up of 15 undergraduate students from a variety of majors. The class is taught by Brannon Wiles, a professor of the Entertainment & Arts Management program within Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. This hands-on course empowers students to work together and use skills gained in previous courses, co-op experiences, and student organizations to produce a professional-grade performance. Students produce a show from the ground up and are involved with every aspect of the production, including rights acquisition, talent booking and union agreements, marketing, fundraising, box office, company management, and artist hospitality.

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