After a sell-out festival season in 2014, Red Stitch are bringing Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Flick to their home theatre with the original cast and creative team for a limited season from 1 May 2015.
Set in a run-down Massachusetts movie theater, The Flick follows the heartbreaks, loneliness, and battles of three underpaid employees as they sweep up popcorn, mop the floors, play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and tend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state.
With keen insight and a finely tuned comedic eye, Annie Baker explores the changing landscape of cinema through the hilarious and heartbreaking confessions of these employees as they confront their future in the empty aisles.
In 2014, the Australian premiere of The Flick saw Red Stitch collaborate with Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) for the very first time under the direction of Nadia Tass who also directed Baker’s sell-out Season of The Aliens with the company in 2011 and Out of the Water early in 2014. Tass’ directorial feature film debut Malcolm won her an AFI for Best Director. For Matching Jack (2011) Tass was awarded Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay at the Milan International Film Festival.
The Flick features Red Stitch Ensemble members Ngaire Dawn Fair (Rush, Satisfaction, Neighbours, The Slap), Ben Prendergast (Predestination, The Last Dance, Dr Blake Murder Mysteries) and Dion Mills (Killer Elite, Stingers) and special guest Kevin Hofbauer (Rush, Offspring, Mr & Mrs Murder).
Annie Baker is an award-winning American playwright. Her plays include: Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformations, The Aliens, and Uncle Vanya (adaption). The Flick won the 2013 Obie Award for Playwriting, and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
“This is Red Stitch’s finest work in recent memory and, as three-hour stints in movie theatres go, this one’s totally worth it.” – Herald Sun
Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel Street, St. Kilda
Season: 1 – 23 May 2015
Bookings: (03) 9533 8083 or online at: www.redstitch.net
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Image: courtesy of Red Stitch Actors Theatre