Annie Baker’s The Flick, a four-character play set in a suburban cinema as it prepares to undergo the transition from film to digital projection, has received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Pulitzer Prize is one of the most prestigious theatre awards in the United States, and is awarded under the auspices of Columbia University in New York City. It carries a cash award of $10,000.
Following its premiere at Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons last spring, The Flick’s pacing, frequent silences and overall length of three hours and 15 minutes, including the interval, prompted some season ticket holders to complain.
In announcing the award, the Pulitzer organisation cited The Flick as “a thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters that focuses on three employees of a Massachusetts art-house movie theater, rendering lives rarely seen on the stage”.
Baker’s other plays include Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens and an adaptation of Uncle Vanya.
The runners up for the 2014 Drama Pulitzer were the musical Fun Home, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, produced by New York’s Public Theater and The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George, also produced by Playwrights Horizons.