2. Summer Fool
The 12th Night and Drama Americana?
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RACHEL -- Barbara Pitsenberger
LLOYD -- Dave Fields
ROY -- Shannon Luster
TRISH -- Jessica Beck
TOM (Husband) and TOM (SON) -- Calvin Alden
POOTY -- Diana Williams
WOMAN PATIENT, RECEPTIONIST, GAME SHOW ANNOUNCER, DERELICTS, Doctors and Film Crew:
Dave Benson Brett Good Brite Niesek Cedar Moore Shawn Murphy Laura Quist Tony Evans Kate Koeler-Platten Henry Eshleman
2008 -- anatoly.vtheatre.net/playwright
ShowCases: 3 Sisters, Mikado, 12th Night, Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan
prof. Anatoly Antohin Theatre UAF AK 99775 USA (907)474-7751
* Reckless Life from "Theology of Technology"
[ Read the chapter, here are only a few pix from the show. ]
SummaryWhy do I have this page? Because I directed Reckless by Lucas? Because I thought about my American life?
2005: Total Acting & Total Directing *
NotesRECKLESS. By Craig Lucas. Directed by Norman Rene. Circle Repertory Company. 7 Days, October 12, 1988
RECKLESS * Written by Craig Lucas * Directed by Mark Brokaw * Starring Mary-Louise Parker * Baltimore Theater, New York City through November 28. (2004)
2003 & After
^ The Shrew Film Directing "showcase" ^
A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights by John L. Digaetani; Greenwood Press, 1991 (p.211)
DiGaetani: Your Reckless seemed to be about the special problems of being a contemporary woman. And the male is not presented as very likable -in the first scene of the play he announces that he has taken out a contract on his wife.
Lucas: He does change his mind as the scene progresses and he offers her an out. The play is about people with limitations. The central character, though she is a very winning person, is essentially a child. The play is her journey of becoming an adult.
reckless director's notes
... Album AmeriKa
Craig Lucas has written Missing Persons ( 1981), Reckless ( 1983), and Blue Window ( 1984). With composer Craig Carnelia, Lucas also wrote the musical play Three Postcards ( 1987). With his frequent collaborator, director Norman Rene, he conceived and developed Marry Me a Little, an evening of songs by Stephen Sondheim. His Prelude to a Kiss began at South Coast Repertory in 1988 where it was commissioned and premiered; subsequent productions at Berkeley Repertory and Circle Repertory off-Broadway preceded a move to the Helen Hayes theater on Broadway in 1990. Lucas has also completed The Secret Lives of Dentists, a screen play based on a story by Jane Smiley. In addition, Lucas has written the text for the chamber opera Orpheus in Love ( 1986) with composer Gerald Busby.@2002 * vtheatre * nytheatre-wire NYC shows *
Lucas' work has also appeared at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf, the Atlantic Theatre Company, the Old Globe, and countless other resident theaters. He has received the George and Elisabeth Marton Award, the L.A. Drama Critics' Award, three Drama-Logue Awards, Guggenheim and Rockefeller grants, the Obie, the Outer Critics Circle Award, two Drama Desk nominations, and a Tony Award nomination. ...No credits, no title page, no director's notes, no links...Read death2
"Rational living beings must first become mortals." (Heidegger)images:
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PSThe notes are lost, but you can read my thoughts at Tech ebook.
Everything about this play is a big question for me. I am sure that this is a good script, it made me think.
NBPerhaps, you should read "PostAmeriKa" as well in order to understand how I saw the directorial concept for "Reckless"...
Next: psCROYDEN'S CORNER
Margaret Croyden is a theater reviewer and essayist for the New York Theatre Wire.
"Reckless" by Craig Lucas-- An Apt Title
The Biltmore Theatre West 47th Street 800-223-7565 Reviewed October 21, 2004 by Margaret Croyden
Craig Lucas is a respected, well known playwright with a long list of credits and many theater awards. He has written movie scripts and directed them as well, and even wrote the book for a musical. So he is not without experience and not without talent. Yet, his play "Reckless" is, in a word, a weird incomprehensible, mishmash of comedy, farce, realism, and fantasy. Maybe even satire thrown in as well. So in a literal sense, the work is quite reckless and get the title it deserves. What is the plot? Who knows? When it opens, a man and woman, husband and wife, are in their bedroom at Christmas time, he, lying in bed watching television; she watching the scene outside which she evidently enjoys in a childish, whimsical fashion. He pays not the slightest attention to her--for he is rapt up in his program--when suddenly in the middle of it all, he tells her he has taken out a contract on her life, and she is about to be murdered, so she had better get out of the house. Which she does. OK?
Now for the next scene. It is snowing, she is still in her nightgown, no coat, no hat, just a nightgown and she is in a telephone booth in the middle of the street, when a man stops and picks her up, nightgown and all, and takes her to his house. And there, at his invitation, she stays. Still in her nightgown, I might add. Oh, yes, eventually, she has on a sweater and skirt. It turns out that our leading character lies about her identity and almost about everything else. The man's wife (or is it his mistress), who is deaf and dumb and speaks only in sign language, also urges her to stay with them. Later it turns out that the wife is not deaf but just pretending to be. And the man turns out to be peculiar also and has a couple of lies to defend as well.
Let me say it is difficult to tell you the rest of the story because all kinds of zany, imbecilic, and pretentious things happen to the three of them, which is actually impossible to follow, let alone relate. But one supposes all of the unlikely happenings are metaphors. Here are a few possibilities: the three of them represent lying as a way of life; self-knowledge and self identity are problems that make people crazy in a world gone crazy; people are unable to face the mundane realities of daily life--especially the inanity of Christmas; and finally--crazy, reckless living is the only way of escaping the brutality and unpleasantness of marriage and of life in general. In the end, this unholy threesome--each in a world of their own--are successful in beating the system, as they win a fortune in an idiotic game show on television. Given all this mess, I invite the audience to pick one of the above; any one of them may be correct. Or maybe not.
I forgot to mention the woman has children, and, get this, in the last scene she is a psychiatrist sitting in her office trying to analyze her grown son who is ignorant of her identity. (Anyhow we think it is her son and how did she become an analyst, or am I being too literal?) Is there any logic here? Or is this some crazy, reckless writer trying to be clever and the more obscurantist he can be, the better he likes it. But I wonder if the audience likes it?
Marie-Louise Parker is, of course, perfect for the leading role. That's what she does--always. She knows how to play a crazy lady and she does know how to do it with charm in her own way. She reminds me of the young Diane Keaton in the early Woody Allen films, who always played crazy ladies with charm. But I must give Ms. Parker credit. She is at home on that stage and her line readings are all perfectly timed and she never loses a laugh. But what does it all mean? Don't ask me. But do tell me, if you find out. [Croyden]
Margaret Croyden's most recent book is "Conversations With Peter Brook, 1970-2000" published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
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