An Oak Tree Cast & Crew

Fri, 10/05/2018

Pearce Bunting (The Hypnotist)
Pearce Bunting is a Philadelphia native and repeat offender, sentenced to life in Minnesota, aged (like cheese) character actor and Joe Canuso’s houseboy. He acts loudly, sings a little and still hasn’t learned how to play the banjo. Pearce’s Philly credits include Killer Joe, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Blackbird, A Behanding in Spokane, Annapurna and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Theatre Exile); A Doll’s House (Jo Strømgren Kompani/Fringe Arts); Road, Quartet, Under The Whaleback (The Wilma); Coyote On A Fence, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Arden); Macbeth, Julius Caesar (and many others) at People’s Light; Endgame, The Wild Duck, Hamlet and Pink Melon Joy (Big House). Since moving to Minnesota in 2010, Pearce has worked with The Open Eye Figure Theatre, The Children’s Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Interference Arts, Theatre Latte Da, The Playwrights Center, Workhaus and The History Theatre, most recently as LBJ in All The Way and The Great Society

Tim Crouch (Playwright)
Tim is an OBIE award-winning British playwright and theatre maker.  He was an actor for many years before starting to write – and still performs in much of his work.  His plays for adult audiences include My Arm (Prix Italia, 2004), ENGLAND – a play for galleries (Fringe First, Herald Angel and Total Theatre Award, 2007), An Oak Tree (OBIE, 2007), The Author (a Royal Court Theatre commission, winner of a Total Theatre award and the John Whiting Award, 2010), what happens to the hope at the end of the evening (Almeida, 2013) and Adler & Gibb (a Royal Court Theatre co-commission with the Center Theatre Group, LA, 2014).  

He has also written for younger audiences, including Shopping for Shoes (Brian Way Award for best young person’s play, 2007) and a series of five plays inspired by Shakespeare’s lesser characters – I, Shakespeare.  I, Cinna (the poet) was commissioned and produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 2012 and was nominated for the Writers Guild of Great Britain’s award for Best Play for Younger Audiences. I, Malvolio played at the New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street, NYC, in January 2013 and continues to tour extensively around the world.  For the RSC Tim has edited and directed The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear – for young audiences.  His production of King Lear played at the Park Avenue Armoury, NYC, in 2012 and was filmed for New York City’s Department of Education.  Tim has worked as a writer on other projects including May for Probe dance company and Cadavre Exquis for the Dutch company Kassys, in collaboration with the Nature Theatre of Oklahoma and Nicole Beutler. Tim tours his work extensively - both nationally and internationally.  Tim Crouch: Plays One is published by Oberon Books.  
His most recent play Beginners, written and directed by Tim, opened at London’s Unicorn Theatre in 2018 to rave reviews and is nominated for an OFFIE in the Best Production For Young People (Ages 8-12) category. His first TV series, Don’t Forget the Driver, is currently in production. It is co-written with Toby Jones and will air on BBC Two. 

Joe Canuso (Director)
Joe Canuso is the Founding Artistic Director of Theatre Exile and has directed many of their shows including Tommy and Me, Ideation, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Annapurna, A Behanding in Spokane, That Pretty Pretty, Mr. Marmalade, Red Light Winter, Killer Joe, The Gin Game, Burkie, and Belmont Avenue Social Club, as well as the world premieres of Rizzo, Last Call, Amputation Nation, Cryptome, Big Blonde, Live at the Apollo Diner, The Frankenharry Plays and The Further Adventures of The Gavone Family. He was nominated by the Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play three times and was named Best Director in 2009 by The Philadelphia Weekly for Blackbird. He was nominated as Best Director for a Phindie Award for The North Plan in 2013 and won in 2015 for Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?. He was part of Exile’s Barrymore Award winning ensemble for Glengarry Glen Ross in 2007. And he has performed internationally in London, Prague and throughout Italy. For Trish who feeds my wonder.Justin Rose (Assistant Director)

Colin McIlcvaine (Set Designer)

Katherine Fritz (Costume Designer)

Thom Weaver (Lighting Designer)

Mike Kiley (Sound Designer)