Flea jumps on Gurney’s new ‘Play’

Simpson to direct Bats

The Flea Theater has elected to preem A.R. Gurney’s latest work, a new political satire titled “Screen Play.”

Written especially for the Flea, “Screen” takes place just before Election Day 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. Play envisions a future America ruled by a conservative religious majority, a place in which the economy is flagging and wars continuously rage. Citizens have even begun immigrating to Canada and Mexico much to the government’s dismay.

Gurney, whose plays include “Scenes From American Life,” “Love Letters” and “Far East,” has won Drama Desk, National Endowment for the Arts and Lucille Lortel awards. “Screen Play” is his third play, in addition to “O Jerusalem” and “Mrs. Farnsworth,” written for Off Off Broadway house the Flea.

Theater’s artistic director Jim Simpson will direct, with resident company the Bats performing.

Previews for “Screen Play” begin May 27, with play bowing June 4. Limited engagement runs through June 25.

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