Annie Baker's The Flick, Irising In On Movie-House Workers, Opens in NYC; Sam Gold Directs
12 Mar 2013
Louisa Krause in The Flick.
Photo by Joan Marcus
Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten are featured in The Flick,Annie Baker's new Off-Broadway play that reunites her with director Sam Gold. Playwrights Horizons produces the world-premiere tale of employees in a dying New England cinema, opening March 12 following previews from Feb. 15.
Baker and Gold struck artistic gold with Circle Mirror Transformation (at Playwrights Horizons, which gave it an unusually extended run) and Off-Broadway's The Aliens and Uncle Vanya (in an adaptation by Baker). Gold directed the recent Broadway productions of Picnicand Seminar.
According to PH notes, "In a run-down movie theatre in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees (Krause, Maher and Moten) mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles, and not-so-tiny heartbreaks, more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen, play out in the empty aisles. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world."
Performances play to March 31 on Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater at 416 W. 42nd Street.
The Flick is the result of a Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Commission awarded by Playwrights Horizons.
Louisa Krause appeared in Iphigenia 2.0 at Signature and In a Dark Dark House by MCC Theater. Obie Award winner Matthew Maher appeared in The Race for the Ark Tattoo, The World Over at PH, Baker & Gold's Uncle Vanya at Soho Rep, Golden Child at Signature and School for Lies at CSC. Aaron Clifton Moten was in Broadway's A Streetcar Named Desire. Juilliard graduate Alex Hanna is making his Off-Broadway debut.
The production features scenic and costume designs by David Zinn, lighting design by Jane Cox and sound design by Bray Poor. Production stage manager is Alaina Taylor.
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