A.R. Gurney's Office Hours Opens at the Flea Sept 30

News   A.R. Gurney's Office Hours Opens at the Flea Sept 30 Office Hours, the world-premiere play by A.R. Gurney, officially opens Off-Broadway Sept. 30 at the Flea Theater after previews that began Sept. 18.

Raul Sigmund Julia in Office Hours
Raul Sigmund Julia in Office Hours Photo by Max Ruby

Jim Simpson helms the work that features two rotating casts. Office Hours, which takes a look at the political climate across U.S. colleges in the 1970s, will run through Oct. 24.

Gurney penned Office Hours for the Flea's resident acting company, The Bats. According to Gurney, "The play is designed to display the talents, energy, and versatility of these young actors."

The Bats include Holly Chou, Louiza Collins, Tommy Crawford, Bjorn DuPaty, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Andy Gershenzon, Raúl Sigmund Julia, Betsy Lippitt, Maren Langdon, Turna Mete, John Russo and Wilton Yeung.

Flea bills the work this way: "Out with the old and in with the new. Across college campuses in the '70s, teachers and students engaged in a battle of their own — making education relevant. [It] tackles the Great Books curriculum and puts dead white men to the test."

Office Hours is designed by Kate Sinclair Foster (set design), Jeanette Yew (lighting design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound design) and David Prittie (projection design).

A.R. Gurney is the author of Love Letters, The Dining Room, Sylvia, The Cocktail Hour, Ancestral Voices, Big Bill, Indian Blood, Children and Crazy Mary. His plays have earned him Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Rockefeller awards. His most recent work, The Grand Manner, debuted last spring at Lincoln Center Theater.

For tickets, priced $25, phone (212) 352-3101, or visit TheFlea. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Streets, in Manhattan.

Bjorn DuPaty and Raul Sigmund Julia in <i>Office Hours</i>
Bjorn DuPaty and Raul Sigmund Julia in Office Hours Photo by Max Ruby
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