Dobama presents Pulitzer Prize-winner 'The Flick'
Kernels of stale buttered popcorn, sticky soda spills, and the occasional sandwich wrapper keep three underpaid employees of a run-down movie theater busy in “The Flick” by Annie Baker. Its regional premiere runs March 3–26 at Dobama Theatre, and is directed by Nathan Motta, Dobama’s artistic director.
In awarding “The Flick” the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Pulitzer committee cited it as “a thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters . . . rendering lives rarely seen on the stage.”
The play’s unconventional setting situates the audience where the screen would be in a movie theater, facing rows of seats and aisles with a projection booth above.
Baker is renowned for expertly crafting realistic characters by casting a light on the way people exist between the nuances of human conversation—including awkward silences and the bumbling of everyday speech—as they perform the mundane but necessary tasks of their jobs.
Dobama’s production features Christopher Bohan, Gordon Hinchen, Paige Klopfenstein and Nate Miller.
A preview performance will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Preview tickets are $10, general admission. A pay-as-you-can ($1 or more per ticket) performance is scheduled for Sunday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.; advance reservations for that performance can be made by agreeing to pay $5 or more per ticket.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.dobama.org or call the box office at 216-932-3396. Dobama Theatre is located at 2340 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.
Jonathan Wilhelm is the associate managing director of Dobama Theatre.