Post Pulitzer Win, Annie Baker's The Flick Will Return to NYC
14 Apr 2014
Louisa Krause in The Flick.
Photo by Joan Marcus
Playwright Annie Baker's The Flick, which was named the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama April 14, will receive a New York remounting at the Barrow Street Theatre, according to the New York Times.
Playwright Baker stated that she expected original Off-Broadway cast members Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten to return for the Barrow Street run.
The Barrow Street Theatre is currently home to Jonathan Tollins' hit comedy Buyer and Cellar, which is currently selling tickets through August.
Baker's study of boredom, yearning and dysfunction in a crew of New England movie-house workers was extended during its 2013 Off-Broadway world-premiere engagement at Playwrights Horizons. The Flick was directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home, Circle Mirror Transformation).
Baker's work is described as such: "In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees 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 play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. 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."
Baker's play inspired off stage drama last spring when Playwrights Horizons subscribers criticized the play's length, prompting the Off-Broadway company's artistic director Tim Sanford to respond.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.