The Flick, Annie Baker’s play about a trio of movie fans working in a Massachusetts independent cinema, has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play was presented in March 2013 as part of Playwrights Horizons’ Off-Broadway schedule, opening after the deadline for the 2013 prize. According to The New York Times, producer Scott Rudin (The Book of Mormon, A Raisin in the Sun) plans to remount the production, directed by Baker’s frequent collaborator Sam Gold, at the Off-Broadway Barrow Street Theatre in the near future. The hit one-man play Buyer and Cellar is currently playing at the Barrow Street and is selling tickets through the end of August.
The Flick concerns a romantic triangle among the three misfits who work at a sparsely attended single-screen movie theater before the transition from celluloid to digital projectors. Rudin will reportedly employ the same cast (Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Obie winner Matthew Maher and Drama Desk nominee Aaron Clifton Moten) pending their availability. The show’s unusually long running time of three hours, realistic silences and awkward pauses sharply divided Playwright Horizons audiences when it was staged in 2013, with some walking out.The company’s artistic director Tim Sanford sent out an email to subscribers explaining the reasons for producing the play.
Baker has also won an Obie Award and a special citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle. She has had several plays presented Off-Broadway including Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens. The other plays nominated for the Pulitzer, both also by women, were The (Curious Case) of the Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George, also presented at Playwrights Horizons; and the musical Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, presented at the Public Theater.