Polly Draper, Playwright, Debuts Getting Into Heaven Off-Broadway, June 11

News   Polly Draper, Playwright, Debuts Getting Into Heaven Off-Broadway, June 11 Polly Draper, the former "thirtysomething" actress who has been a steady presence on New York stages in recent years, will make her Gotham debut as a playwright June 11, when Getting Into Heaven bows at Off Broadway Flea Theatre.
Polly Draper
Polly Draper

Draper will also star in this tale of Cat Venita, a bad girl of rock and roll who struggles to balance the demands of family and a career in music. Michael Wolff, the one time band leader of "The Arsenio Hall Show" who is husband to Draper, will provide original music. Also in the cast is stage veteran Barbara eda-Young (A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman on Broadway) as ex-hippie Crystal, Gretchen Egolf as Cat's drummer Rose, James Badge Dale as a DJ in love with Rose, and Cooper Pillot as Cat's young son. The piece is directed by Claire Lundberg.

Draper has appeared Off-Broadway in the premieres of Four Dogs and a Bone by John Patrick Shanley, Blur by Melanie Marnich and Trudy Blue by Marsha Norman, and Crazy He Calls Me and Closer on Broadway. Most recently, she has put in stints in The Guys (also at the Flea) and The Exonerated.

The actress has taken up the pen before. She scripted the 1998 film "The Tic Code," in which she starred. The movie was about a jazz musician who has Tourette's syndrome and is based somewhat of Wolff's own story. All tickets after opening are $25. Call (212) 352-3101.