UToledo Theatre Student to Direct THE FLICK at the University

Daily Dose  |  01/24/2020 4:00 pm

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “The Flick,” by Annie Baker February 7-16 in the UToledo Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. It will be directed by one of the department’s Theatre students, Justin Petty, a senior who will graduate this May.

“The Flick” follows three underpaid employees in a run-down movie theater who attend to one of the last 35mm film projections in the state. A hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

“We’re committed to our students having the experiences that prepare them for entering the professional community once they graduate. We try to bring student designers, technicians and performers to positions of leadership and responsibility inside our departmental season pretty quick during their time here at the University,” says Dr. Matt Foss, an advisor on the project.  “The opportunity for Justin to be an artist leader on this collaboration was one we were excited to make happen for him and the team involved on the project.”

“The University has helped me foster a new outlook on theatre-making. It has helped me become more precise and helped me understand how to make and find stories that not only represent but highlight the struggles of being a minority,” says Petty. When choosing “The Flick” Petty states, “I’m glad I came about this play when I did. It really speaks truthfully on being a youth in our society today, while also highlighting the micro-aggressions that happen on a scale that everyone can relate to.” He adds that he is glad that UToledo allowed him to take a risk with the play and really trust and challenge him with this production.

Petty has directed a number of smaller projects, but this is his first time leading a project of this scale.  He served as the assistant director on Proof (2017) at the University of Toledo, and as the assistant director of “Northern Aggression” for Tipping Point Theatre, a professional company located in Northville, MI. He has several UToledo theatre credits including “The Pillowman” (Spring 2019), “All Quiet on the Western Front” (Fall 2018), “Arcadia” (Fall 2017), “The Internationalist” and “The King and the Clown” (Spring 2017). Petty has also studied abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia with the University of Toledo and Wayne State University.

“The Flick” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.


“Rose” Gillian Martin (Media Communication major, Theatre minor, senior)

“Sam” Jackson Howard

“Avery” Carlos Washington, Jr. (Theatre major, junior)

“Skylar/The Dreaming Man” Seth Mansu (Media Communication major, Theatre minor, sophomore)


Design Team

Producer: Dr. Edmund Lingan (chair of the Department of Theatre and Film)

Director: Justin Petty (Theatre major, senior)

Scenic Designer/Props Master: Frankie Teuber (adjunct professor of Theatre, UToledo alumna, Theatre, 2011)

Assistant Scenic Designer: Faith Pegus (Visual Arts major, junior)

Costume Designer: Kelly McBane (lecturer costume technology, theatre)

Lighting Designer: Stephen Sakowski† (assistant professor of lighting design)

Assistant Lighting Designer: Morgan Cunningham (Theatre major, sophomore)

Sound Designer: Stephen Sakowski† (assistant professor of lighting design)

Assistant Sound Designer: Mekayla Shellenbarger (double major in Music and Communication, senior)

Technical Director: Nathaniel White (assistant lecturer)

Wardrobe Head: Grace Mulinix (Theatre major, freshman)

Stage Manager: Natalie Rice (double major in Media Communications and Theatre with a concentration in Design and Technology, sophomore)

Assistant Stage Manager: Jacob Prokup (Theatre major with Design Tech concentration, freshman)

Theatre/Production Manager: Christopher M. Montpetit (theatre lecturer)

Scene Shop Manager: Nathaniel White (assistant lecturer)

Costume Shop Manager: Kelly McBane (lecturer costume technology, theatre)


†Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829


General Admission ($18)
UToledo Faculty/Staff/Alumni, Seniors 60+, Active Military/Veterans ($12)
Students/Youth ($10)

Tickets are available at the door, online at www.utoledo.tix.com or through the UToledo CPA Box Office 419.530.ARTS (2787).