Get Into Heaven for Free: Flea Theatre Offers July 26 Deal

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All seats to the July 26 performance of Polly Draper's new play Getting Into Heaven, at the Flea Theatre in Tribeca, will be distributed free of charge to the public.

Theatregoers interested in attending should congregate outside the 41 White Street theatre one hour before the July 26 3 PM matinee performance. The Flea began this practice after Sept. 11, 2001, with its production of The Guys.

Draper, who makes her playwriting debut with Heaven, also stars in the play as Cat Venita, a bad girl of rock and roll whose career and personal life have as many twists as there are tracks and tattoos on her arms. As she tries desperately to shape the many strands of her hectic existence into something resembling a happy, normal life, matters spiral out of control.

Also in the cast is stage veteran Barbara eda-Young (A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman on Broadway) as Crystal as an ex-hippie who develops a connection with a phantom caller; Gretchen Egolf as Cat's drummer and love interest Rose; James Badge Dale as a hapless DJ in love with Rose; and Cooper Pillot as the young boy who was sired by Rose and the DJ, but raised by Rose and Cat. The story jumps back and forth in history, with some scenes even taking place in the title locale. The piece is directed by Claire Lundberg. Michael Wolff, the one-time band leader of "The Arsenio Hall Show" who is husband to Draper, provides original music.

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. Call (212) 352-3101.

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