An Oak Tree: Tim Crouch

February 7 - February 8
von der Heyden Studio Theater

Presented by Duke Arts Presents

“[An Oak Tree] circles elegantly around ideas of presence and absence, the real and the representational, doubt and certainty, even time itself.”

The Guardian

“…it spoils you for a while for other plays.” – Caryl Churchill 

When I say sleep, you’re free again. 

See the play that shaped a theatre landscape in this rare revival. When it opened in 2005 Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree changed the rules of the game, bringing into the centre of its action an actor who has neither seen nor read the play.  

In a performance of controlled virtuosity, the playwright guides that actor through a story of loss, suggestion and the power of the mind.  

Through the life of this Obie Award-winning play Tim has worked with some of the great actors in the world – from Frances McDormand to F Murray Abraham, from Sophie Okonedo to Laurie Anderson, from Geoffrey Rush to Peter Dinklage. No two shows are the same. Each ‘vividly celebrates the live, raw, communal experience of theatre’ (Financial Times). This is an audience experience like no other. 


Francesca Moody Productions presents AN OAK TREE by Tim Crouch 

Directed by Tim Crouch, Karl James and Andy Smith 
Performed by Tim Crouch and a different second actor at each performance 
Music by Pete Gill 
Piano by Simon Crane 
Produced by Francesca Moody Productions 
Executive Producer – Francesca Moody 
Associate Producer – Grace Dickson 
US Representation by Doreen Sayegh for Pemberley Productions 

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  • Fri, Feb 7, 2025 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Feb 8, 2025 at 8:00pm
Estimated Run Time
60 minutes, no intermission

von der Heyden Studio Theater
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708

  • $35General Admission
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