Allen, Cerveris, McDormand, Kind and Others To Climb an oak tree

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Joan Allen, Michael Cerveris, Frances McDormand and Richard Kind are among the guests scheduled to appear in the Tim Crouch's an oak tree, the two-character play at the Barrow Street Theatre in which one character is played by a different actor each performance.
Joan Allen
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Other guests will include Matthew Arkin, Laila Robbins, Michael Countryman, Brooke Smith and Alison Fraser. Each guest actor, male or female, plays "the Father." Crouch directs the play, and plays "the Hypnotist." The premise of the play is that father's daughter has just been killed in a car accident involving the hypnotist.

The guests have never seen the play nor read the script before walking on stage. They get their lines and directions via an earpiece, a clipboard and from Crouch's dialogue — it varies throughout the play.

The upcoming lineup is as follows:

Michael Countryman — Nov. 12 at 8 PM
Laila Robbins — Nov. 13 at 8 PM
Joan Allen — Nov. 17 at 9:30 PM
Alison Fraser — Nov. 19 at 8 PM
Frances McDormand — Nov. 20 at 8 PM
Richard Kind — Nov. 25 at 8 PM
Brooke Smith — Nov. 25 at 9:30 PM
Matthew Arkin — Nov. 27 at 8 PM
Michael Cerveris — Dec. 1 at 9:30 PM

Past guests have included F. Murray Abraham, Charles Busch, Reed Birney and James Urbaniak.

Presenters of an oak tree are the Perry Street Theatre (Martin Platt, David Elliot, co-directors), Rosalie Beer, A.J. Epstein and Richard Jordan Productions in association with Barrow Street Theatre.

The Barrow Street Theatre is at 27 Barrow Street, near Seventh Avenue. Tickets, priced $45, can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit

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