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Bartlett Theater announces that rehearsals are underway for Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize winning play THE FLICK. Directed by Founding Artistic Director Jonathan Brady, THE FLICK opens Friday, November 2nd at The Northgate Stadium 10 Cinema. With the ever increasing need for performance spaces in Durham, like other local companies, Bartlett is seeking out creative alternatives. This production marks Bartlett Theater’s first collaboration with Northgate Mall; Bartlett will be the first theater company to stage a play using Northgate as the venue.
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. 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. Audiences will find themselves transported into these pursuits by playwright Annie Baker’s uncanny ability to equally wield silence and idiomatic dialogue. Baker’s Pulitzer prize-winning writing combined with Bartlett’s site-specific staging, will give audiences a front row seat to a hilarious, yet heart-rending immersive theater experience they won’t soon forget.
The play folds into Bartlett Theater’s mission: presenting the creative world of one playwright throughout each season, in an effort to significantly broaden the perspectives of audience members in a provocatively entertaining and enlightening way. This season, Bartlett has centered on the innovative voice of playwright Annie Baker. THE FLICK will be Bartlett Theater’s second site-specific production, following last season’s highly successful run of THE SEAGULL.
The production will take place on November 2nd–4th and 7th–11th at the Northgate Stadium 10 Cinema. THE FLICK will be directed by Founding Artistic Director Jonathan Brady and features actors Vincent Bland Jr. (Avery), Chloe Oliver (Rose), Jim Roof (Sam) and Jon Parker Douglas (Dreaming Man/Skylar). THE FLICK includes lighting and sound design by Stevan Dupor, with Jessica Flemming stage-managing the production.
THE FLICK will play a limited run of only eight performances. Show times are as follows: Friday, November 2 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, November 4 at 2 PM; Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30PM; Thursday, November 8 at 7:30; Friday, November 9 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, November 11 at 2 PM.
To purchase tickets – or for more information about working with, volunteering for, or supporting Bartlett Theater – call 919-808-2203, or please visit BartlettTheater.org.