The Flick

The Flick

by  Annie Baker

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 1f

WINNER! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Nominee! 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Play

Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play
Winner! 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting


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. A hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

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The Flick
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Pulitzer, Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    Winner! 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting
    Winner! 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
    Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play 
    Nominee! 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Play 
    Finalist! 2013 New York Critics Circle Award, Best Play

Reviews

"CRITIC’S PICK. Hilarious and touching...Annie Baker, one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade, writes with tenderness and keen insight. Her writing is a great blessing to performers: The Flick draws out nakedly truthful and unadorned acting. This lovingly observed play will sink deep into your consciousness." - The New York Times, Read More Here

"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, Read More Here

"Ms. Baker is a master miniaturist chasing big themes — love and loyalty; kindness and cruelty; fantasy and reality....The dialogue is uncannily, you-are-there authentic." - New York Daily News, Read More Here

"Annie Baker...is hot to the touch and still turning out must-watch work." - Variety, Read More Here

"FOUR STARS. A hypnotic, heartbreaking, micro-epic about movies and moving on. Irreducibly theatrical." - Time Out New York, Read More Here

Exhilarating...Utterly in tune at every moment." - Village Voice, Read More Here

"Perfection...Annie Baker is a genuine original, the real thing. She follows last season's Uncle Vanya version with this bold absolutely mesmerizing comic drama." - Huffington Post

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Videos

  • Making THE FLICK at Playwrights Horizons
  • Backstage with THE FLICK's Louisa Krause
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A movie theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts. Summer 2012.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 1f
SAM
AVERY
ROSE
SKYLAR/THE DREAMING MAN
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Annie Baker

Annie Baker's full-length plays include The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Playwriting, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for ...

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The Flick was first presented Off Broadway by Playwrights Horizons at the Mainstage Theater in New York City on March 12, 2013. It was directed by Sam Gold.

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