12th Ave Arts MAINSTAGE Sep-6 to Oct-6, 2018 Thu-Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Mon 7:30pm No performance Monday Sep-10 Calendar
"RECKLESS" IS A FABLE OFnHOMELESSNESS AND LOST PRIVILEGE
When Craig Lucas' play takes the audience to a homeless shelter, a doctor explains, ''Life's been reckless with these people. Some more than others. Some carry no identification whatsoever, it's difficult.'' Written in 1983, Lucas' fable of abandonment spoke then to both physical dislocation that spiked dramatically during the Reagan Administration, as well as the sudden loss of stability brought on millions by crack addiction and the AIDS virus.
Strawberry Theatre Workshop presents Reckless at 12th Ave Arts for a five-week run opening September 6 and closing October 6 after 18 performances. Shows are Thu-Fri-Sat and Mon at 7:30pm.
Thirty years after its debut, one could add the contemporary idea of privilegeto the losses that Rachel (played by Anastasia Higham) faces when she is suddenly ejected from her cozy middle-class existence on a delirious Christmas Eve. She is plunged into a labyrinth of secrets, therapy, hallucination, media, medicine, and violence that leaves her running for the length of the story—while getting nowhere.
Sara Porkalob (Dragon Lady at Intiman), Ray Tagavilla (Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Sound Theatre), MJ Sieber (The Elephant Man, Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Strawshop), and Galen Joseph Osier (Breaking the Code at Strawshop) make up the ensemble of characters who push the wobbly Rachel along on her snowballing nightmare. Artistic Director Greg Carter(Frost/Nixon), who directed Higham in both Proof and Our Town, leads the production that draws comedy from Rachel's self-deluding optimism, and the playwright's visions of what street life might look like to a person whose life was once predictable.
Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote, "With Reckless, Lucas has given us a bittersweet Christmas fable for our time: It's a Wonderful Lifeas it might to be reimagined for a bruising contemporary America in which homelessness maybe a pervasive spiritual condition." The playwright added in a published introduction to Reckless, "Rachel's dream of a perfect American middle-class existence dies a protracted death. It is only when she gives up trying, stops running, that she finds the things she thought were lost forever. In facing the inevitability of her suffering, she finds some relief from it."
Scenic design for Reckless is by Craig Wollam (Proof at Strawshop) with props by Leisa Brent (The Memorandum). The rest of the production team is Ron Erickson on costumes (Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Breaking the Code), and Reed Nakayama on lights (Frost/Nixon, Lydia). The Stage Manager is Evan Price.
written by Craig Lucas (1983) directed by Greg Carter
performed by Anastasia Higham Sara Porkalob Ray Tagavilla MJ Sieber Galen Joseph Osier
designed and constructed by Craig Wollam Ron Erickson Reed Nakayama Leisa Brent