Post Pulitzer Win, Annie Baker's The Flick Will Return to NYC
14 Apr 2014
Louisa Krause in The Flick.
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.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.