New Performance Piece Gets a Little Meta

Dianne Ibarra as Rose and Jeff Huntley as Sam. Pam Foreman/KMXT
Dianne Ibarra as Rose and Jeff Huntley as Sam. Pam Foreman/KMXT

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A new play from FairWind Players will switch up the typical seating arrangements.

Jared Griffin is the director of the Flick, a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Annie Baker about three young ushers who work at a movie theater that still uses 35 millimeter film projectors. The plot focuses on the dramas and personal struggles of those main characters.

Griffin says the play is conversation-driven and set all in one room – in fact, in the seating area of the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium Choral Pod.

“Where you’re used to sitting and watching somebody, that’s actually where the action takes place, and the audience will be sitting in auditorium seating on the floor at the front of the room watching actors come in, pick a row to start cleaning with their brooms and dust pins and their trashcans – and there’s popcorn all over the place – and actually cleaning.”

One of the actors who will be picking up that trash is Dianne Ibarra who plays twenty-something Rose.

Ibarra says Rose reminds her of a friend she had in her early twenties.

“Her ability to just not even notice that she says something that just runs someone else into the ground, making them feel however it is that they feel and just not realizing that her words has that effect on other people.”

She says the familiarity of that personality helps her connect to the character.

The play will run Thursday through Saturday starting at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15.

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