North Central College presents “The Flick,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that follows three underpaid ushers at a small movie theatre in Massachusetts. Written by Annie Baker, this production will be directed by Carin Silkaitis, associate professor of theatre.
Five performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. April 19-21, and at 2 p.m. April 21-22, in North Central’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/performance.
“The Flick” explores the intricacies of days spent sweeping up popcorn. The audience follows the coworkers as they spend their time in the cramped theatre, and sees them face subtle challenges and their complex, evolving relationships.
When “The Flick” first premiered in New York and Chicago, the long run time of the play set it apart. Baker uses the length to explore the minutia of daily life, employing awkward silences and the routine work of menial jobs to develop rich and rewarding characters.
“‘The Flick’ teaches students how to be silent on stage,” said Silkaitis. “It’s a challenge for any performer, but especially younger ones.”
Despite the small cast and setting, Baker’s personal understanding of the characters reveals the complex problems of race, class, gender, sex and age in America.
“I love the long run time,” said Silkaitis. “It lets the audience stop rushing and really think about the slow moments of life that define us.”
Cast (role, name, town, year, major):
Skylar/The Dreaming Man: Nicholas Baumgartner, Romeoville, Ill., a sophomore majoring in theatre
Rose: Jordan DePhillips, Plainfield, Ill., a senior majoring in musical theatre and marketing
Sam: Daniel Ackman, Romeoville, Ill., a freshman majoring in music education
Avery: Tommie Hope, Chicago, Ill., a freshman majoring in journalism
Rose: Claire Nelson, Chicago, Ill., a freshman majoring in theatre and organizational communication
Sam: Christopher Duffy, Morris, Ill., a freshman majoring in organizational communication
Avery: Kenneth Miller, Montgomery, Ill., a freshman majoring in theatrical design and technology and musical theatre
Director: Carin Silkatis, associate professor of theatre and theatre program coordinator
Assistant Director: Reagan Quynn, a senior majoring in political science, theatrical design, and psychology
Stage Manager: Tommy Varela, Ketchikan, Alaska, a junior majoring in theatrical design & technology
Assistant Stage Manager: Samantha Loveland, Montgomery, Ill., a junior majoring in English and organizational communication
Scenic Designer: Ruby Lowe, Aurora, Ill., a senior majoring in theatrical design and technology
Assistant Scenic Designer: Destany Hahn, Lisle, Ill., a freshman majoring in theatrical design and technology
Technical Director: Peter O'Neill, technical director, theatre department
Props Designer: Josh Dennison, Naperville, Il., a senior majoring in musical theatre
Light Designer: Ruby Lowe, Aurora, Ill., a senior majoring in theatrical design and technology
Assistant Light Designer: Naomi Lares, Plainfield, Ill., a freshman majoring in neuroscience
Assistant Sound Designer: Greg Johnson, a 2016 graduate in theatrical design and technology
Costume Designer: Sully Ratke, visiting assistant professor of theatre
Assistant Costume Designer: Alex Dean , Chicago, Ill., a senior majoring in theatre and C.J. Chezem
Hair/Makeup Designer: C.J. Chezem, Warrenville, Ill., a junior majoring in theatrical design and technology
Dramaturg: Dave Peterson, visiting assistant professor of theatre
Publicity: Katie White, Galena, Ill., a freshman majoring in jazz studies and theatre
Deck Chief: Tyler Meyers, Elmwood, Ill., a junior majoring in theatre and organizational communication
Run Crew: Carter Sherman, Kansas City, Mo., a junior majoring in musical theatre
Run Crew: Jessica Blakely, St. Charles, Ill., a junior majoring in environmental science and musical theatre
Prop Run Crew Head: Kira Savegnago, Wheaton, Ill., a sophomore majoring in musical theatre
Light Board Op./Programmer: Marissa Olivaria, Chicago, Ill., a sophomore majoring in musical theatre
Lighting Crew: Abe Lyall, Chicago, Ill., a junior majoring in broadcast communication
Sound Crew: Nico Salazar, Racine, Wis., a junior majoring in psychology and musical theatre
Sound Board Operator: Erin Huggins, Aurora, Ill., a junior majoring in theatre and organizational communication
Costume Crew Head: Stephanie Milroy, Marysville, Ohio, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre
Hair/Make-up Crew Head: Gabrielle Rago, Bensenville, Ill., a sophomore majoring in musical theatre