RECKLESS By Craig Lucas Comes to 4th Wall Theatre Co.
Join 4th Wall Theatre for Reckless, the classic American, dark holiday comedy by Craig Lucas. This reimagining of the company's 2010 Houston production once again stars Kim Tobin-Lehl as the put-upon protagonist, Rachel, and features a strong ensemble cast including former Alley Theatre company member John Feltch; 4th Wall favorites Jennifer Dean and Nick Farco; and Deborah Hope, Kathleen Teodoro, and Zac Kelty in their 4th Wall debuts. Directed by Philip Lehl, Reckless previews November 30th and runs December 1st - 16th at STUDIO 101, Spring Street Studios.
The New York Times said of the original New York production, "With Reckless...Mr. Lucas has given us a bittersweet Christmas fable for our time. It's a Wonderful Life as it might be reimagined for a bruising contemporary America...."
Reckless opens with Rachel at home on an idyllic Christmas Eve, brimming with the joy of the season. A split second later, in fear for her life, she must escape through her bedroom window into the wintry night. What follows is Rachel's hilarious journey from terror and insanity to love and acceptance on another, far-away Christmas Eve. Along the way Rachel meets the Bophtelophtis, a couple with almost as many secrets as she has; the host of the inane talk show, "Your Mother or Your Wife!"; an embezzling murderer; and a succession of psychiatrists (who may or may not help her).
Everett Evans, writing about the 2010 Houston production in the Houston Chronicle, said: "Virtually every Christmas play is either a chestnut or aimed at children more than adults. Wouldn't it be great if there were a holiday play for grown-ups that was fresh, unpredictable, contemporary and entirely original? There is. It's Craig Lucas' wondrously wacky Reckless, and it has been gift-wrapped in a dream rendition that's at once seasonal, unusual and very funny."
Don't miss 4th Wall Theatre's production of Reckless, by Craig Lucas. Previewing on November 30, Reckless opens on December 1, and runs through Saturday, December 16, 2017. Performances will be held at 4th Wall's STUDIO 101, located at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, Texas, 77007. Regular show times are as follows: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm, and a special "Pay What You Can" performance on Monday, December 11th at 7:30 pm. Individual tickets (priced at $32 for standard tickets, $26 for seniors and $17 for students) and $53 premier tickets are available for all performances. To purchase tickets for Reckless, please visit 4th Wall Theatre Company's website at 4thwalltheatreco.com or call 832.786.1849
"Reckless" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.
Cast and Creative Team of Reckless
Set & Lighting designer Kevin Holden, Costume and Prop designer Jodi Bobrovsky, and Composer/Sound designer Chip Schneider are back to revisit their designs from the 2010 production. Yesminne Zepeda will also design sound.
Kim Tobin-Lehl (Rachel) is co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of 4th Wall Theatre Company. She previously directed for 4th Wall Theatre/Stark Naked Theatre, Disgraced, Lobby Hero, True West, Small Mouth Sounds, Ho Ho Humbug 2.0, A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Winter's Tale. She has directing credits in both New York City and Los Angeles. Kim has acted in 4th Wall's's productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Small Mouth Sounds, Stage Kiss, Ho Ho Humbug, The God Game, Faith Healer, Macbeth, All Girls, God of Carnage, Body Awareness, Dinner with Friends, and Debt Collectors. A Houston native, Kim has a BA in acting and directing from the University of Houston (including training with Jose' Quintero, Edward Albee & Sidney Berger), she won the "Actress Excellence" award at the Texas College Play Festival for her portrayal of Sarah in Children of a Lesser God. After relocating to New York she trained with and at a number of elite teachers and conservatories. These include, but are not limited to Stella Adler and The Stella Adler Conservatory, Gene Frankel, Circle In The Square, The Shakespeare Lab at The Public Theatre and Seth Barrish and Lee Brock at The Barrow Group. In New York Kim became an officer with the New Mercury Theatre Company, where (among other roles), she produced and starred as Sally in the 1995 revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind. Kim later became the Artistic Director of the Blue Sphere East theatre company, the New York sister company to the acclaimed Blue Sphere ALLIANCE THEATRE company based in Los Angeles. Her favorite Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway credits include: Talk to Me Like the Rain..., A Streetcar Named Desire, The Fifth of July, Fool for Love, Savage in Limbo, The Smell of the Crowd, Bed, Bawd & Beyond, Impassioned Embraces (Emotional Recall), Ctrl, Alt, Delete and Trust and the Barrow Group's production of Short Stuff Two and their production of her original one-woman show, Inside Out. Kim spent more than three years in Los Angeles studying with Sandy Marshall and Larry Moss, and highlights of her LA theatre productions include the world premiere of Children of Shame, The Interrogation, Masseur, Baby with the Bathwater, Check to Check, and The Foreigner. Kim's film credits include roles in The Big Lebowski, The Alarmist, Ash and Sex Maniac, as well as the television series Sunset Beach. In addition to her extensive body of work, Kim is a highly sought-after acting teacher, and her studio (based on the teaching principles of Meisner, Adler and The Barrow Group) offers an array of courses from beginner to advanced levels in acting technique, improvisation, script analysis and scene study. More details about Kim's background and her current class offerings can be found at her studio website: www.kimtobinactingstudio.com.
John Feltch (Lloyd) was a company member at The Alley Theatre for 12 years and appeared in more than 70 productions. He has appeared on Broadway in Enchanted April and Off Broadway for the Roundabout Theatre in The Dazzle. John has performed for many of the country's leading regional theatres, including The American Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Clarence Brown Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Triad Stage, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and Williamstown Theatre Festival, playing such roles as Prior Walter in Angels in America, Salieri in Amadeus and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, among many others. He received his BA from Williams College and his MFA from UNC Chapel Hill. John has served on the faculties at the University of Houston, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Philip Lehl (Director) is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of 4th Wall, and is also an actor, director, and teacher. For 4th Wall he has acted in Disgraced, Much Ado About Nothing, True West, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Ho Ho Humbug, The God Game, Winter's Tale, Faith Healer, Macbeth, Debt Collectors, and Dinner With Friends; and directed or co-directed Much Ado About Nothing, Winter's Tale, Midsummer Night's Dream, Debt Collectors, and Body Awareness. He appeared at The Alley Theatre last season in The Nether. Broadway performances include Blood Brothers andThe Kentucky Cycle. He appeared Off-Broadway in Hundreds of Hats and was in the National Tour of Titanic, the Musical. Since arriving in Texas in 2001, he's performed in more than 30 productions at the Alley including Clybourne Park, The Pillowman, The Farnsworth Invention, Eurydice, The Crucible, The Exonerated, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Mousetrap, Hamlet and The Invention of Love. Other Houston appearances include Stages Repertory Theatre: Who Am I This Time?, Oh, the Humanity, Yankee Tavern, I Am My Own Wife, Mr. Marmalade, Lady, Souvenir, Amy's View, The Pavilion, Dirty Blonde; A.D. Players: You Can't Take It With You, Twelve Angry Men; Main Street Theater: Arcadia; Classical Theatre Company: Merchant of Venice, Tempest, Uncle Vanya, Ghosts; Houston Shakespeare Festival: King John, Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labour's Lost, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline; TUTS: LMNOP, Wonderful Life, The Sound of Music and one memorable performance O. Henry Higgins in M. Fair Lady; Generations: Bat Boy, Spring Awakening, Our Town; Bayou City Concert Musicals: On the Town, Fiorello, Assassins, She Loves Me. EHS: The Tempest. Regional credits include performances with Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The New Harmony Theatre and Weston Playhouse. Education: The Juilliard School, Drake University, NTI, Moscow Arts Theatre School. Other directing credits include Brave Dog Theatre: Almost Maine, Reckless; Stages Repertory Theatre: Ferdinand the Bull; Generations: Art; and Bayou City Concert Musicals: On the Town (co-director)Lehl is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
Deborah Hope (Doctors) Standouts and favorite roles over her 25-plus- year career include: Stages Repertory Theatre: Who Am I This Time? (Doris/Gloria), Shear Madness (Mrs. Shubert), Searching for Eden (Eve), Communicating Doors (Ruella), Company (Amy), Memory of Water (Violet), Fit to be Tied (Nessa), Jack and Jill (Jill), Heart of a Woman (MaryAlice/Hotel Mgr./Darla), Three Viewings (Mac), The Maiden's Prayer (Cynthia); Noble Motion Dance Theatre: L'Dor Vador (Reader); Celebration Theatre: Love, Loss & What I Wore; Main Street Theater: A Piece of My Heart (MaryJo), Marisol (June); Houston Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania/Hippolyta), Measure for Measure (Mistress Overdone); Theatre LaB: The Kathy & Mo Show, Dark Rapture (Julia); New