Flea Theater Unveils New Way to Journey with Gurney


Coming on the heels of some very favorable coverage in the New York Times (what, you didn’t hear? The Flea is creating a permanent home for itself and making a savvy real estate investment besides), the Flea has unveiled a new ticket policy so that the poor and relatively poor among us, which is almost everyone, can still get in to see A.R. Gurney’s new play, Office Hours. (By the way, is anyone taking note of the fact that on Nov. 1, Gurney will turn 80?)

It goes without saying that the policy, called pay-what-you-can Tuesdays, isn’t actually breaking any new ground — the give-as-you’re-able concept has been around so long and so many theaters make use of it now that it’s a bit of a yawner. The reason why I’m choosing to highlight the Flea is simply because the company offers such superlative work. For if the Bats aren’t just about the most versatile (and undersung) acting company in New York, my name isn’t Clyde Fitch. (Er, well, my name obviously isn’t Clyde Fitch, but you know what I mean.)

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Here’s a capsule version of the press release, courtesy of publicist Ron Lasko:

The Flea Theater announces a brand new ticket initiative for their limited engagement of Office Hours by A.R. Gurney, directed by Jim Simpson. The new “Pay-What-You-Can Tuesdays” program ensures that artists and students can afford to see this new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist A.R. Gurney. The Flea will extend this offer to all patrons, every Tuesday during the run of the show. As previously announced, previews for Office Hours begin Sept. 18 with opening night slated for Thurs., Sept. 30.

Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available at the door only, starting at 6pm each Tuesday. Full-price tickets are available in advance for all performances by calling 212-352-3101 or visiting www.theflea.org.

Out with the old and in with the new. At a prominent college campus in the ’70s, teachers and students engage in a battle of their own — making education relevant. Written specifically for The Bats, this world premiere tackles the Great Books curriculum and puts dead white men to the test.

Office Hours features two rotating casts of Bat company members, and follows in the performance style of Gurney’s classic The Dining Room. The casts include Holly Chou, Louiza Collins, Tommy Crawford, Bjorn DuPaty, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Andy Gershenzon, Ra√∫l Sigmund Julia, Betsy Lippitt, Maren Langdon, Turna Mete, John Russo and Wilton Yeung. The design team includes Kate Sinclair Foster (sets), Jeanette Yew (lights), Jessica Pabst (costumes), Jill BC DuBoff (sound) and David Prittie (projections).

For regular $25 tickets, call 212-352-3101. Now go.