The Flick

August 20–September 12

By Annie Baker
Directed by
Bridget Kathleen O’Leary


In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three employees reveal poignant and funny truths about their search for identity.

“Ms. Baker specializes in moments of intimacy that are awkward, hilarious and ineffably touching.”
The New York Times

About the Play
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Strong language and some adult situations.

Why It’s for You
Remember the first time you got up the courage to tell someone you loved them? Can you still remember that one person you never told? Or the first time you stood up for a belief? The Flick portrays a stage of life you’ve been through—or are in right now. A time of finding your identity and purpose, figuring out your future, and experiencing setbacks and disappointments. A time of searching for a better life without quite knowing at times how to achieve success or how to overcome failure.

Melissa Jesser_headshot_webcropMelissa Jesser (Rose) is making her debut with Gloucester Stage. Previous credits include: Mr g (Underground Railway Theater) The Seagull (Huntington Theatre Company: Elliot Norton Award Best Ensemble), Chosen Child (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), and The Hobbit (Wheelock Family Theatre). Additionally, Melissa has appeared with Science Fiction Theatre Company, Shakespeare Now!, and the Footlight Club. Melissa holds a BFA from Emerson College and studied at Interlochen Arts Academy.



Nael Nacer_headshot_webcropNael Nacer* (Sam) is thrilled to be making his Gloucester Stage debut. Regional credits include: Come Back, Little Sheba, Awake and Sing!, The Seagull, and Our Town (IRNE Award for Best Supporting Actor), Intimate Apparel, The Temperamentals, and Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); A Future Perfect and Tribes (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Pattern of Life, Lungs, and The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre); Windowmen, The Farm, and Gary (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Sila and Distracted (Underground Railway Theater), Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse); Love Person, 1001, The Aliens, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Company One),The Flu Season (Whistler in the Dark Theatre); Waters Rising and Shouting Theatre in a Crowded Fire (National Theatre of Allston). New York credits include: The Hiding Place (59E59 Theaters) and Lemonade (New York International Fringe Festival).

Marc Pierre_headshot_webcropMarc Pierre (Avery) is absolutely thrilled to make his Gloucester Stage debut .Other Boston credits include Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project), I Am a Camera (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), A Soldier’s Play (Roxbury Repertory Theater), We Are Proud to Present a Presentation . . . (Company One/ArtsEmerson); Great Expectations and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Repertory Theatre); A Raisin in the Sun (ENC Theater). New York credits include Flirt, Sister Gladys Needs Help (Love Creek Productions) and The Imaginary Life of Millo St. Jean (Snapdragon Theatre Works). Marc received his BFA in acting at Emerson College. He would like to thank his family and friends for all their support.

James_Wechsler_headshot_webcropJames Wechsler (Skylar/The Dreaming Man) is finishing up a B.F.A. degree in theatre performance at Salem State University. Past roles include Franz Kafka in his school’s original production, Kafka in Tel Aviv, for which he received an award for Outstanding Performance at the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; Prince Hal in his school’s production of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2; Malcolm/second murder in Marblehead Little Theatre’s Macbeth, and most recently as James in his school’s Student Theatre Ensemble production of Circle Mirror Transformation. James was the winner of KCACTF Region 1 Irene Ryan Fellowship competition this past year, and this summer he will be returning to Washington, D.C., to work as an actor for the MFA Playwrights Workshop at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.




Bridget Kathleen O’Leary (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director at New Repertory Theatre where she has directed productions of Scenes from an Adultery, Muckrakers, Pattern of Life, Lungs, Fully Committed, Collected Stories, DollHouse, boom, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Fool for Love. Other directing credits include: The Other Place for The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater; Recent Tragic Events and Aunt Dan and Lemon for Whistler in the Dark Theatre; Reconsidering Hanna(h) and The Devil’s Teacup at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. In 2007, she assisted Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg at the National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and worked as an assistant on new plays by Rebecca Gilman and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Before moving to Boston, Bridget worked in Washington, D.C. Since 2012, Bridget has curated the Next Voices Reading Series, a program she established for New Repertory Theatre. She serves as the Chair of the Literary Committee for the National New Play Network and is a member of The New England New Play Alliance. Bridget received her MFA in directing at Boston University.

Lara Jardullo (Costume Designer) Lara has spent the past four years designing costumes for the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops’ annual production of Holiday Delights. She is thrilled to be making her initial entree into costume designing this season at GSC. Lara studied Theatre at UMass Boston where she discovered her true forté—to be behind the scenes in costuming. This enabled her to combine her previous studies in Fashion and Art at both Rivier College and Massachusetts College of Art with her love for theatre. Her previous credits include The Glass Menagerie, Incident at Vichy, Waiting for Lefty, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Courtney Nelson (Set Design) is excited for her first collaboration with Gloucester Stage. Recent credits include: Las Meninas (NYC Premier), Rachel (NYC), Vişne Baçhesi/The Cherry Orchard (Istanbul, Turkey) and An Enemy of the People (Charleston, West Virginia) with New Brooklyn Theatre; La Boheme (Faneuil Hall, Boston) with NEMPAC Opera; Song Cycle (Peabody Essex Museum) with Encounters Ensemble; Uncle Jack (Boston, MA) with Boston Center for American Performance; Pattern of Life (Boston), Our Lady, and Tongue of a Bird (Watertown, MA)with New Repertory Theatre.

David Remedios† (Sound Designer) has previously designed sound for An Ideal Husband at Gloucester Stage. Recent credits include 77% (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse); Everything You Touch and On Clover Road (Contemporary American Theater Festival); Mothers and Sons (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Scenes from an Adultery (New Repertory Theatre); Ulysses on Bottles (Israeli Stage); Out of the City, Oceanside, The Best Brothers, and Year Zero (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Women in Jeopardy! (Geva Theatre Center and Cape Playhouse); Stop All the Clocks (original dance score, Brandeis Theater Company/Susan Dibble Ensemble). David’s has also designed locally at Huntington Theatre Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Stoneham Theatre, Central Square Theater, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Actors’’ Shakespeare Project, Boston Lyric Opera, American Repertory Theater, and regionally at The Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, Theatre for a New Audience, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, La Jolla Playhouse, and Cincinnati Playhouse, among many others. International credits include festivals in Bogotá, Paris, Hong Kong, and Edinburgh. David is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829.

Russ Swift† (Lighting Designer) GSC: Resident Lighting Designer for the past 10 years. Productions include: Jacques Brel; Fences; Spring Awakening; North Shore Fish; Carnival; “Master Harold” . . . and the Boys; The Most Happy Fella; Fighting Over Beverley; Table Manners; Trying; The Breath of Life; Sins of the Mother; Billy Bishop Goes to War; Going to St. Ives; Dear Liar; The Belle of Amherst; Ponies; The Widow’s Blind Date; The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath; The Price; The Heidi Chronicles, Long Day’s Journey Into Night; My Old Lady; Spinning into Butter. Boston-area (select): The Hobbit (Wheelock Family Theatre); Scarlett Letter (Worcester Foothills); It’s All True (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Rags (The Boston Conservatory); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, 2010 and 1012 Gala (Boston Arts Academy). Other: Mr. Swift has designed for Tri-Cities Opera, the Jewish Theatre of New England, the Publick Theatre, Chamber Theatre Productions, Boston Lyric Opera, the Worcester Forum Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the Theatre of Newburyport, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, American Ensemble Theatre, Stephan Petronio Dance Company, the Caldwell Theatre, KewPee Corporation and the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Mr. Swift has been on the faculty or staff at Northeastern University, Emerson College, Endicott College, Westfield State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Salem State University, Community College of Rhode Island, and Groton School. He is currently the production manager for the Theatre Department at Boston College. Russ resides in Wilbraham with his wife, Mayre, and daughter, Michaela.


Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE




“Annie Baker, one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade, writes with tenderness and keen insight . . . Ms. Baker specializes in moments of intimacy that are awkward, hilarious and ineffably touching. . . . this lovingly observed play will sink deep into your consciousness.” —The New York Times

”The drama—and the comedy—comes organically from living life, making mistakes, and, hopefully, learning to do it better or differently the next time. . . . In The Flick, Baker is interested in who these people are, how they got that way, and what occurs when they bump up against each other, day in and day out.” —

“The tenderest drama—funny, heartbreaking, sly, and unblinking . . . The Flick may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater.” —New York Magazine

Aug 20–Sept 12

7:30PM Wed thru Sat

2PM Sat and Sun

FILM August 17 Pulp Fiction

PLAY READING August 25 A Bright New Boise

FILM August 31 Side by Side

TALK BACKS August 23, August 30, September 6



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