Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor is pleased to announce the first production of the 2012 Mainstage Season. Polly Draper stars in My Brilliant Divorce by Geraldine Aron. This American premiere began May 29 and runs through Sunday, June 24. Matt McGrath, one of Bay Street’s Artistic Associates, directs the production.
Divorce CAN be fun. This one-woman show tells the story of American ex-pat Angela whose irritatingly round-headed British husband takes off. She’s left to cope with a disapproving mother, a shifty attorney and a bad case of hypochondria. Poignant, insightful…and very, very funny. A real treat from across the pond! Peconic Landing sponsors previews through Friday, June 1.
Polly Draper (Angela), is best known for her role as Ellen on the groundbreaking series “Thirtysomething,” for which she received an Emmy nomination. Broadway credits include Closer, Brooklyn Boy and Crazy He Calls Me. Draper also starred in the original New York productions of Four Dogs and a Bone, Neil Simon’s Actors and Actresses. She is currently filming a role in Steven Soderbergh’s Bitter Pill. Her most recent film and television credits include a role on the Showtime series “The Big C,” and a role in the feature film Our Idiot Brother. She wrote, produced, and starred in the critically acclaimed feature film, The Tic Code, which won awards at film festivals worldwide including Berlin, Vancouver, and the Hamptons. Draper has also spent five years writing, producing and directing The Naked Brothers Band, a movie and subsequent hit Nickelodeon television series she created for which she won many awards, including a WGA award. Draper received a BA and MFA from Yale.
Geraldine Aron (playwright) was born in Ireland and spent her adult life in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Aron wrote several award winning plays for Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company, including: Bar & Ger, A Galway Girl, Same Old Moon, The Donahue Sisters and The Stanley Parkers. Aron is also the author of 12 produced television and radio plays and two screenplays.
Matt McGrath (director) most recently appeared in Next Fall at the Diversionary Theater in San Diego. Prior to that he stepped into the role of Frank’ N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Old Globe Theater. McGrath, last season, directed Darrell Hammond in Tru. Bay Street audiences may remember his performances as an actor in Japes, The Lady in Question, Beyond Therapy, Bell Book & Candle and Romance. He was the recipient of the Bienecke Fellowship from the Yale School of Drama in 2007 and also received an Honorary Masters Degree from The American Conservatory Theater. His work performing in The Black Rider by Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs in London, San Francisco and Sydney, (dir. Robert Wilson), earned him a Helpmann Award nomination. Broadway credits include Cabaret (Emcee) and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Distant Fires (L.A. Weekly Award), A Fair Country, Graceland, Amulets Against the Dragon Forces and Dalton’s Back (Drama Desk Nomination)
Single tickets to see My Brilliant Divorce and three-play 2012 Mainstage Season subscriptions are available online at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500. Based on availability, there will be up to 20 tickets sold for each performance for $20 available after 2 p.m. (excluding June 2). The Box Office is open seven days a week.
Plus, just added! Bring proof of your divorce to the Box Office and get two tickets for the price of one (subject to availability). Only one divorce per person.