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Toronto: Outside the March and Crow’s Theatre announce casting for Annie Baker’s “The Flick”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Following the spring announcement that Outside the March (OtM) and Crow’s Theatre will come together for an immersive production of Annie Baker’s THE FLICK this October, the companies are thrilled to announce casting for the highly anticipated fall production, and to debut a set of cinema inspired posters.

The production, for which the companies will transform the Streetcar Crowsnest into a classic cinema, will star Colin Doyle (6th Man Collective’s Monday Nights), Amy Keating (Coal Mine Theatre’s Hand To God), and Brendan McMurtry-Howlett (Shakespeare in the Ruff’s Romeo and Juliet) and introduces an exciting new talent to the Toronto theatre scene, Durae McFarlane.  The production will be directed by OtM’s Artistic Director Mitchell Cushman.

From one of contemporary theatre’s most exciting voices, Annie Baker (The Aliens, John), and written in her signature uber-natural style, Outside the March’s Mitchell Cushman describes her 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning THE FLICK as if Empire Records and Waiting for Godot had a baby.”

Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best plays of the past 25 years”, THE FLICK is set in an independent movie theatre, where three ushers navigate life making $8.25/hour as they attend to the last 35mm film projector in town. This is Baker’s masterwork—a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Inspired by the cinematic themes in the play, today the companies have also released a series of four posters that spin off the original theatrical posters for the movies Pulp Fiction, Back To The Future, Braveheart, and Goodfellas, all featuring the Toronto cast of THE FLICK. The posters were designed by Kinnon Elliott with photography by Dahlia Katz.

Returning to the Streetcar Crowsnest where Outside the March staged their Dora-Award winning sold-out run of Jerusalem in 2018, this time OtM will transform both the theatre and lobby into The Flick Cinema for another unmissable immersive event - thanks to installation design from OtM frequent collaborator Anahita Dehbonehie, who is also designing costumes. The production will also reunite director Cushman with the Jerusalem design team: set and lighting design by Nick Blais, projection design by Nick Bottomley, and sound design by Richard Feren.  This production forms the second half of OtM’s 10th anniversary season and their Popcorn Double feature, the first half of which – THE TAPE ESCAPE – is now enjoying a twice-extended run in the old Bloor Street location of Toronto’s beloved Queen Video.
Tickets for the limited run of The Flick are on-sale now at

Illustration: Poster for The Flick. © 2019 Dahlia Katz, photography, Kinnon Elliott design.