Gurney, Banks bow new plays at the Flea

Downtown New York venue sets fall slate

New plays by A.R. Gurney and Steven Banks — the “Spongebob Squarepants” head writer also known as Billy the Mime — are on the fall slate at downtown Gotham theater the Flea.

The latest by frequent Flea collaborator Gurney, whose play “The Grand Manner” is currently on the boards at Lincoln Center Theater, is “Office Hours,” set on a university campus in 1974. Production, which Gurney has written specifically for the Flea acting troupe called the Bats, is set to play Sept. 21-Nov. 7 with a Sept. 30 opening.

Banks’ offering, “Looking at Christmas,” is a holiday show about a fired scribe and a young actress who meet in front of the holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue. The show runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 31.

The Flea’s lineup for the spring half of the 2010-11 season remains to be announced.

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