If you were to write a play about 3 very ordinary people living very ordinary lives and working in very ordinary jobs, you’d likely end up with a very ordinary play. But if you’re award-winning writer Annie Baker, you’ll end up with a Pulitzer Prize winning play called The Flick.
I had a chance to sit down with Director Mark Gorman and the cast of Threshold Repertory Theatre’s production of this award-winning show. Listen in!
The Flick opens on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 and runs through May 17th.
Mark Gorman – Mark Gorman spent nearly 16 years in New York City working in many facets of theatre. While in New York, Mark worked for companies such as Circle Repertory Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Signature Theatre Company, 1010 Players, West Side Rep, T.Schrieber Studios and many more. Since moving to Charleston nearly eight years ago, some of the plays Mark has directed are: the world premiere of Richard Rashke’s “Season to Season”; “Gideon’s Knot”; “Fences”; “The Sisters Rosensweig”; “No Exit”; “Don Jose’s Carmen”; and the controversial production of “RENT” at Flowertown players. Mark developed and directed two years of the “Evening of Edgar Allen Poe Back Form the Grave” at Fort Moultrie. He also has directed a number of films including: “Registered in Hell”; “Evie”; “A Better Road”; “River Dreams”; and Tennessee William’s “Talk to me Like the Rain and let me Listen”. Mark is one of the founders of the Second Sundays at Seven writer’s workshop, a group of writers and actors that come together once a month to develop new plays. Mark has spent the last three years teaching acting classes as part of Trident Technical College’s film program. Mark would like to thank Brendan Kelly, Pam Galle and the entire Threshold team for their trust and support.
Kody Roza (Sam) – This is Kody’s first time on Threshold’s stage. He was last in South of Broadway’s “Playboy of the Western World” as Sean. Some favorite roles include Gregor in the “Metamorphosis” at Sierra College, Einstein in “Einstein’s dreams” at Randolph College and Bella Singler in “Crazy For You” at Magic Circle Theater. Kody would like to thank Mark and the cast for their patience.
Maurice McPherson (Avery) – Maurice J McPherson is humble to be under the direction of Mark Gorman again, Threshold and the entire talented cast of “The Flick.” Maurice is a native of Charleston, SC. He’s spent most of his time in Greenville-Spartanburg, SC working in television news. Maurice has performed in “1963,” “The Exonerated,” “Fences” and “Hogs.”
Kate Tooley (Rose) – Kate Tooley is a writer/actor/director in the Charleston area and is excited to be back at Threshold working with another wonderful cast and crew. She’d like to thank Mark for the challenge, and as always, is grateful to her family for their support and Mary for making sure she eats, sleeps, and knows her lines. Recent credits include Christie in “It’s Time to Bring Back Charlie” (South of Broadway), Jo in “The Sunset Years” (Threshold Rep), and Ms. Billings in “An Enemy of the People” (U.Va. Drama).
Mike Kordek (Technical Director, Set Designer, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Sleeping Man/Skylar) – Mike started in the theatre at the ripe old age of 5 in a production of “The Hobbit” and has been involved in theatre ever since. Over the years he has been involved in all aspects of theatre; directing, acting, stage managing, and everything in between. Some of his more favorite roles on stage include Sir Toby in “Twelfth Night”, Santa in “Santa Clause Conquers the Martians,” and hanging upside down by his feet as James in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore.” Most recent acting credits include “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” Mike is proud to be involved with Threshold and is thankful to Pam Galle for giving him the opportunity to showcase his talents.
Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.