Gurney, whose play The Grand Manner was presented at Lincoln Center Theater earlier this summer, 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." Jim Simpson will direct the work, which will feature two rotating casts. Performances will begin Sept. 18 and the production will officially open Sept. 30. The run will continue through Oct. 24.
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.
"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." Office Hours "tackles the Great Books curriculum and puts dead white men to the test," according to the Flea.
Office Hours will be 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.
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.