Previews begin tonight, Friday, February 15 at 8PM for the Playwrights Horizons World Premiere of The Flick, a new play by Obie Award winner Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation at PH, The Aliens, her recent adaptation of Uncle Vanya). Directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, Kin and The Big Meal at PH; Seminar and Picnic on Broadway), the production has an Opening Night set for Tuesday, March 12 at 7PM and will play through Sunday, March 31 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).
The production reunites the acclaimed team of Ms. Baker and Mr. Gold, who have previously collaborated on the Playwrights Horizons hit production of Circle Mirror Transformation, as well as The Aliens and Ms. Baker's adaptation of Uncle Vanya.
THE FLICK is the result of a Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Commission awarded by Playwrights Horizons.
The cast features Louisa Krause (Iphigenia 2.0 at Signature, In a Dark Dark House at MCC, the films The Babysitters, Martha Marcy May Marlene, King Kelly), Obie Award winner Matthew Maher (for The Race for the Ark Tattoo, The World Over at PH, Ms. Baker & Mr. Gold's Uncle Vanya at Soho Rep, Golden Child at Signature, School for Lies at CSC), Aaron Clifton Moten (Broadway's A Streetcar Named Desire) and 2012 Juilliard graduate Alex Hanna (where his credits include Ms. Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation) in his Off-Broadway debut.
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees (Ms. Krause, Mr. Maher and Mr. 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.
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.
The performance schedule for The Flick is Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM. The Thursday, February 28 evening performance has a 7PM curtain and the Wednesday, March 6 evening performance has an 8PM curtain. There's also an additional performance on Monday evening, March 11 at 7PM. Single tickets, starting at $70, may be purchased online via www.TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).
Reflecting Playwrights Horizons' ongoing commitment to making its productions more affordable to younger audiences, the theater company will offer HOTtix, $25 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before showtime to patrons aged 30 and under. Proof of age required. One ticket per person, per purchase. Cash only.
HOTtix is one of Playwrights Horizons' popular Arts Access initiatives, which allow the institution to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theater ticket. This program is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The McGraw-Hill Companies.
A special open captioned performance of The Flick for theatergoers who are deaf and hard of hearing will be held on the Saturday, February 23 matinee at 2:30 PM. Funding for this program is provided, in part, by the Theodore H. Barth Foundation, and TDF and TAP Plus, which is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.