“The Flick,” a new play by Amherst native Annie Baker, debuted off-Broadway this winter, earning some rapturous reviews (as well as a share of criticism for its length — more than three hours). Set inside a dingy Worcester County movie theater, the story follows three workers whose love for film is equaled only by the messiness of their personal lives.
There is, of course, a Clark connection: the character of Avery is a 20-year-old cineaste on hiatus from Clark University, where his father is a professor. One reviewer describes Avery as “a purist who has been drawn to the local theater because it is one of the remaining few houses to use a 35-millimeter projector, as he hates the trend of digital moviemaking.” Between tearing tickets and sweeping up popcorn, the three engage in animated debates about the greatest all-time movies, which sounds like any typical conversation held in countless Clark dorm rooms across the generations.
This brief item was included in the fall 2013 Clark magazine.
“The Flick” was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It had its New England debut in 2014 at Company One Theatre in Boston, a company founded by six Clark alums, and was directed by Shawn LaCount, M.A.Ed. ’98.