About the Cast
Kenneth Cranham (Robert Flaherty)
Celebrated British actor Kenneth Cranham recently completed a run on Broadway and the American tour in the title role of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls, which was honored with four Tony Awards. He originated the role in the West End production in London, where he was nominated for Best Actor in the 1992 Olivier Awards.
Cranham's recent film credits include The Boxer with Daniel Day Lewis and Emily Watson; Under Suspicion with Liam Neeson; Clive Barker's Hellraiser-Hellbound; and Peter Greenawayís Prosperoís Book. His extensive film career dates back to notable performances in Carol Reedís Oliver and Franco Zeffirelliís Brother Sun, Sister Moon.
Cranham's numerous television roles have spanned a generation, with starring roles in over 20 BBC television series. He is probably best known as Harvey Moon from the popular, long-running series Shine On Harvey Moon.
Amanda Root (Kate Markham)
The beguiling Amanda Root recently played the lead role of Anne Elliot in Persuasion, directed by Roger Michell. She also starred in Breaking the Code for the BBC and as "Miss Temple" in Jane Eyre for Franco Zeffirelli.
Prior to those films, Ms. Root was a leading member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for over five years. Her numerous RSC roles included ìJulietî opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Romeo and Juliet, and ìCressidaî with Ralph Fiennes in Troilus and Cressida. Ms. Root also played the lead role of ìNeorzaî in Tell Me Honestly, directed by Kenneth Branaugh.
Her television credits range from the title role of Mary Rose (BBC) and ìAdelaî in Channel Fourís The House of Bernarda Alba to "Polly" in Ladies In Charge (Thames TV) and "Sarah" in David Carsonís Time for Murder (Granada TV).
Marco Perrella (Mickey and Coach)
Marco Perellaís acting experiences includes many featured and co-starring roles in film and television. He portrayed FBI Agent Mercer in JFK; a highway patrolman in A Perfect World with Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood; and was featured in D.O.A. with Dennis Quaid and Keys to Tulsa. On television, he starred in Seduction with Leslie Ann Warren for CBS, and In Broad Daylight with Brian Dennehy for NBC.
On stage, Perella has written and starred in several productions, including the one-man show Tarot For The New Age, The Big Event and Spirit of the Magii. He starred in Easy Does The Stars, Nashville Road, Three Penny Opera and The Wool Gatherer. Perella is also a singer and musician. He lives in Georgetown, Texas, outside of Austin.
C.K. McFarland (Sayra)
C.K. McFarlandís acting experience encompasses theatre and film. Her films include The Underneath, Blind Fury, Ballad of the Sad CafÈ, Hard Promises and Seduction in Travis County.
On stage, her credits include In the West, Earth Angels, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cowpatties and Gypsy. McFarland has studied with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the University of London. She was awarded the Stebbins Prize for excellence in performance from Mills College.
She lives in Austin.
Tim Mateer (Walter)
Tim Mateer has acted in film, theater and television productions. He was a featured actor in Blind Fury, Miller & Miller and Lonesome Dove. On stage, his credits include Bus Stop, Our Town and a national tour of A Greater Tuna. He studied acting with Joe Sears.
Mateer lives in Austin.
Jo Carol Pierce (Tresa)
Jo Carol Pierce has acted in film, television and theater. Her film credits include Blood Simple, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Never Leave Nevada.
The Austin Chronicle and the Austin Circle of Theaters have honored her with their Best Featured Actress Award (for what film or play?). She was also named Woman of the Year by by the Music City News in (what year?).
Pierce lives in Austin.
John Hawkes (Mac)
John Hawkes spent several years on stage in Austin, Texas, for Big State Productions. He was also a member of the national touring company of Greater Tuna.
His film credits include From Dusk till Dawn and Playing God and the upcoming Home Fries and Rush Hour.
His television credits include guest-starring roles on E. R., Northern Exposure, Wings, Millenium and the Adventures of Brisco County Junior. He also starred in two films for Showtime: The Cool and the Crazy, directed by Ralph Bakshi, and Road Racers, directed by Robert Rodrigues.
Hawkes lives in Los Angeles.
Lou Perryman (Bill)
Lou Perryman has performed extensively in feature films and on stage. His film credits include Last Night at the Alamo, The Whole Shooting Match, Walker, Texas Ranger, Talk Radio, Poltergeist, The Blues Brothers, The Postman Always Rings Twice and Save the Dog.
His theater work includes In The West, Fool for Love and The Night Hank Williams Died.
Perryman lives in Austin.
Janelle Buchanan (Mary Beth)
Janelle Buchanan has acted in many theatre productions in Texas, including Laughing Wild, Steel Magnolias, Top Girls, Night of the Iguana, Bleacher Bums, A Childís Christmas in Wales, House of Blue Leaves, Golden Shadows Old West Museum, Our Town, A Texas Romance and The Council of Love.
She was also a member of Project InterAct, a touring company of professional adult actors performing for children, where she held several roles over five years.
Buchanan lives in Austin.
Amparo Garcia (Carla)
Amparo Garcia is a multi-disciplinary artist who acts, directs, sings and writes plays and music. Her acting career spans film, television and stage, including a role as Cassie in the CBS miniseries Texas Justice. She performed the title role in Marisol, and as a member of the Live Oak Theatre, has appeared in numerous productions there. She also wrote and performed in an award-winning play, Cocks Have Claws and Wings to Fly.
In 1992, she was awarded a NEA/Directorís Fellowship and subsequently worked at the Mark Taper Forum, on Broadway at the Roundabout Theater and at the New York Shakespeare Festival. She was also a James Michner fellow at the Texas Center for Writers at the University of Texas.
As a musician, she staged a one-woman musical piece, Roomful of Men, with her band, and released a recording of songs entitled A Long Way from Alchemy.
Garcia lives in Austin.