$16,500. That’s Rose and Sam’s annual salary, working 40/hours a week for $8.25. Annie Baker’s play THE FLICK is a movie for film buffs—full of yo-yos, hip hop dancing and laughter. But it’s also a play about the betrayal of one’s dreams, and the challenge of pursuing your dreams at $8.25/hour.
In this Pulitzer-prize winning play, Annie Baker is speaking to the youth of America. We live in a time where lack of opportunity (or the perception of its absence) is a dangerous reality for several characters in the play. I think these characters have all endured the world’s micro-aggressions over the course of their young lives—whether it be lack of money, encouragement or opportunity, their struggles with mental illness, abandonment or racism. And as they get older, it’s getting harder and harder to dream.
In the middle of this cynical world, a 20-year old Avery is struggling to hold onto his faith that people, dreams and art won’t let you down. This is a faith that I share, even as I also know that sometimes it doesn’t work out, despite the best intentions and doing everything right.
I think if we sat here long enough, we could all connect with this adversity that we’ve encountered in our own lives. In the same way we’d encounter the truth that occasionally, we attain our dreams, or at least one of them. Even if it is fleeting. This play presents the duality of both truths. And these characters, much like real life, often play a role in each other’s hopes and dreams (however buried) for their own lives.
Dreams are absolutely possible whether you make $8.25/hour, less or more. But it is certainly a lot harder. I’m grateful for this play about the movies that tells the story of 4 young people—who sweeping up popcorn between the credits—try not to lose hope for themselves or their fellow man in the face of poverty, racism and encroaching cynicism. I’m incredibly excited share with you Annie Baker’s THE FLICK, a story about these young people trying to combat disillusionment and occasionally daring to hope that people, dreams and art won’t let you down.
Dreaming Man/Skylar—-Joe Mobley
Stage Manager-Jillian Frame
Sound Board-Elena Spradlin
Technical Director-Joshua Mast
Special thanks to the Belmont Department of Theater and Dance, our friends and family, Bob Roberts and the Belcourt Theater, The Mobley family, Kasy Powell for his amazing collection of film ephemera, Graham Mote (yo-yo specialist), Erin McInnis, Gabrielle Saliba Field, Scout’s Barbershop, Nat McIntyre (go Red Sox!) and Cinema Paradiso.