Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Annie Baker's THE FLICK at Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of Annie Baker's 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, THE FLICK. Under the direction of Dexter Bullard, who also directed the Chicago premiere of Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, the cast features Danny McCarthy, Caroline Neff and Travis Turner as the three hapless employees of THE FLICK movie house. Previews begin February 4 (opening night is February 14; press performances are Saturday, February 13 at 3pm and Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30pm) and runs through May 8, 2016 in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below!
Three underpaid employees sweep up stale popcorn in a run-down movie house called THE FLICK, one of the last theaters in Massachusetts still projecting 35mm films. For Avery, this isn't a dead-end job. It's a way to get closer to the art form he loves. Passionate debates about cinema lead to a friendship of sorts with co-workers Sam and Rose. But will their tentative bond survive as they reveal what they actually need from each other? THE FLICK is a heartfelt cry for the kind of authentic connection we all want, even if we're a little afraid of it. Annie Baker received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Susan Smith Blackburn Award and Obie Award for Playwriting for THE FLICK, which premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2013.
The complete cast for THE FLICK includes Will Allan as Skylar/The Dreaming Man, Danny McCarthy as Sam, Caroline Neff as Rose and Travis Turner as Avery. Caroline Neff performed in last season's critically acclaimed premiere Airline Highway by Lisa D'Amour at Steppenwolf and on Broadway. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre Company, and was voted the 2015 Chicago Readers' Pick for "Best Actress." Will Allan performed in the sold-out run of Steppenwolf for Young Adults' production of George Orwell's Animal Farm last season. Danny McCarthy, a longtime company member of A Red Orchid Theatre, last performed at Steppenwolf in Middletown in 2011. His television credits include Prison Break, ER and Chicago Fire, and film credits include Fred Claus, Stranger Than Fiction and Transformers 3. Travis Turner, who most recently performed in Second City's Let Them Eat Chaos, makes his Steppenwolf debut.
The production team includes Jack Magaw (scenic design), Alison Siple (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design). Additional credits include Jessamyn Fuller (casting); Christine D. Freeburg (stage manager) and Jonathan Nook (assistant stage manager).
Tickets ($20 - $89) are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.
Photo Credit: Joel Moorman
Danny McCarthy (Sam)
Caroline Neff (Rose)
Will Allan (Skylar/The Dreaming Man)
Travis Turner (Avery)