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The Flick

The Flick
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Annie Baker
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 118
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 0573702039
ISBN-13: 9780573702037
Cast Size: 1 woman, 3 men

The Flick was the Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The Flick is a full-length dramatic comedy by Annie Baker. This internationally celebrated masterpiece is a rich and daring feat of hyper-realism that follows three young employees of a dilapidated movie theatre. Small loves and small crimes become epic under Annie Baker's intensely-focused gaze as this Pulitzer Prize-winning play slowly and quietly explores issues of race, class, sexuality, capitalism, and technology.

The Flick takes place in 2012, in a run-down, single-screen movie theater in central Massachusetts. Three underpaid employees mop the floors, scrape gum off the seats, and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Though their lives are seemingly mundane and ordinary – their struggles and aspirations are anything but. 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. In the dingy aisles of the theater, underneath the amusing, idle workplace banter, these characters are fighting for the noblest of pursuits: authentic connection in a world that is passing them by. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick pays tribute to the power of movies and paints a heartbreaking portrait of three characters and their working lives that will give your audience a front row seat to a hilarious, yet heart-rending immersive theatre experience they won't soon forget. The Pulitzer Prize committee called the play a "thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters that focuses on three employees of a Massachusetts art-house movie theatre, rendering lives rarely seen on the stage."

The Flick premiered in 2013 by Playwrights Horizons at the Mainstage Theater Off-Broadway in New York City. A critical hit, Annie Baker was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Obie Award for Playwriting, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It premiered in the UK in 2016 at the National Theatre in London, and is regularly performed in regional repertory, fringe festival, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

What people say:

"Funny, heartbreaking, sly and unblinking… The Flick may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity and profound uniqueness of theater." — New York Magazine

"Hilarious and ineffably touching… Ms. Baker's peerless aptitude for exploring how people grope their way toward a sense of equanimity, even as they learn to accept disappointment, is among the things that make her such a gifted writer… This lovingly observed play will sink deep into your consciousness." — The New York Times

"This hypnotic, heartbreaking micro-epic about movies and moving on is irreducibly theatrical." — TimeOut NY

About the Playwright:

Annie Baker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright and teacher. Her work has been produced at more than a hundred theaters in the U.S. and in more than a dozen countries. Recent honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Steinberg Playwright Award, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honouring the best English-language women writers worldwide.

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