Annie Baker's The Flick, a Tale of Movie-House Workers, Begins World-Premiere Run in NYC

By Kenneth Jones
February 15, 2013

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 gives the tale of movie-house employees its world premiere starting Feb. 15.



Baker and Gold struck artistic gold with PH's 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 new Broadway production of Picnic.

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."

Opening night is March 12. Performances will 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.

For tickets and more information, visit playwrightshorizons.org.