In 2014, Annie Baker’s The Flick won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play mixes dialogue with long moments of no spoken words as the characters perform tasks on stage.
It is set in a run-down Massachusetts movie theatre and focuses on three millennials as they endure modern-day situations of race, class, and economy, all while working as underpaid employees. The three actors are tasked with performing the cleaning of the set, just as the characters would be doing in between showings. The original production received mixed reviews and sharply divided the audiences who saw it. Feelings that were expressed ranged from brilliant to boring.
In February 2017, UA Little Rock’s Theatre and Dance Department presented the play. It may have been the first production of it in Arkansas, it was certainly the first in Little Rock. Giving the students the chance to work on such a new and challenging play is an example of the value of educational theatre.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama being given. To pay tribute to 100 years of the Pulitzer for Drama, each day this month a different Little Rock production of a Pulitzer Prize winning play will be highlighted. Many of these titles have been produced numerous times. This look will veer from high school to national tours in an attempt to give a glimpse into Little Rock’s breadth and depth of theatrical history.