"Things happen for a reason," insists Rachel, the main character of Craig Lucas’ play Reckless. That is until she is forced to ask, "Or do they?"
On Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Carlsbad Playreaders presents Lucas’ darkly comic tale of a modern-day Alice in a perilous winter wonderland. Lucas is best known for his Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza and his play Prelude to a Kiss, also a movie starring Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin.
The New York Times calls Reckless “a bittersweet fable for our time” and a “beguilingly sneaky crash course in the loss of innocence…”
Reckless introduces Rachel, who is forced to flee her home on Christmas Eve and is plunged into a series of zany misadventures. During an existential road trip, our heroine finds herself navigating a madcap labyrinth of strange places and people, all the while searching for home.
Reckless director D.J. Sullivan is no stranger to directing absurdist comedies. "If I had to choose any genre to direct, it'd be absurdism," the in-demand director and teacher shared recently. "They're the most fun plays for me. Directing them is just fabulous."
“There is a tendency for actors to fake it,” Sullivan continued, “and I see actors do that all the time. But no matter how absurd it is, you have to be the realest you've ever been. It's real to these characters, no matter how outrageous it seems.”
The Reckless cast features Michael Bova, Timothy Carr, Devlin, Elaine Miranda, Harrison Myers, Sheila Rosen and Dori Salois.
The play reading will take place at Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, located at 1775 Dove Lane. Donations are taken at the door; there are no advance reservations. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $1 for students. For more information, visit carlsbadplayreaders.org.