An Oak Tree
What is this show?
A bold and absurdly comic play about loss, suggestion, and the power of the mind. The Hypnotist will be joined onstage by Father (a different guest actor each performance–who has neither seen, nor read the play) A dazzling balance of gripping story and rich theatricality. Utah premiere.
Principle Cast (the Hypnotist)
- Barrett Ogden
Guest Performers (the Father)
- Robert Scott Smith, Susanna Florence Risser, Clara Elser, Maria Carpile, Jeffrey Robert, Mark Fossen, Davey Morrison Dillard, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, Jake Ben Suazo, Olivia Custudio, Kris Jennings, Brett Merritt
- Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival (2016)
- WINNER – Critic’s Choice Award
About Our Actors
Mark Fossen has worked as an actor, director, dramaturg, and teacher in the Salt Lake Area since 2005. His directing credits include work with the University of Utah, Westminster College, The Grand Theatre, Pinnacle Acting Company, Wasatch Theatre, Utah Repertory, and Silver Summit. As an actor, he has been seen in many Plan-B Theatre shows, including CLEARING BOMBS, for which he won the 2014 City Weekly ARTY award for Best Theatre Performance. Other local acting credits include work with Sackerson, PYGmalion, Meat & Potato, and Salt Lake Shakespeare. National credits include work at the California and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco’s Thick Description, and Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf. He is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Theatre Studies Program, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Idaho in Theatre Studies. More information available at: http:/markfossen.info
Davey Morrison Dillard is an actor, writer, and director from Provo, Utah. Some of his favorite roles include RICHARD III, Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Kate in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Grassroots Shakespeare Company); and Kilroy in DON’T DRINK THE WATER (Hale Center Theater Orem). Film credits include Alexis Thrill in WELCOME TO THE RUBBER ROOM (directed by Trent Harris) and Balzac in EUGENIE (BYUtv). Davey is also the co-creator and co-star of the Adam & Eve web series, found at www.adamandeveseries.com. He is thrilled to be making his Sackerson debut with so many dear, brilliant friends!
Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin is an actor, singer and director in Salt Lake City. Past acting credits include DOUBT, [TITLE OF SHOW] (Utah Rep); NOTHING PERSONAL, THE THIRD CROSSING, SLAM 2012 (Plan-B); MESSIAH, CROWNS, 1940’S RADIO HOUR, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (The Grand Theatre); WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE, LADY DAY AT EMERSON BAR AND GRILL, WELL (Pygmalion); HOLIDAY TIME WITH THE ODETTE’S, FENCES< VAGINA MONOLOGUES (Good Company Theatre); FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, THE EXONERATED (People Productions); HAIRSPRAY, CIVIL WAR, ANNIE, BIG RIVER (Centerpoint Legacy Theatre); TSEPHANGE (Sundance Lab). Directing credits include A SEAS INSIDE OF ME, THE LIFE OF JASON SMITH and lots of theater coaching to elementary school children. Fearless is the mantra for 2016.
The Playwright – Tim Crouch
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.
Tim is currently under commission to the Unicorn Theatre, London. His latest show, The Complete Deaths is a collaboration with award winning group Spymonkey. It is currently touring the UK.