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ABOUT THE SHOW
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The City Theatre proudly presents the holiday production of Craig Lucas’ richly inventive
comedy,
Reckless. Under the direction of Artistic Director Andy Berkovsky and starring
Suzanne Balling, the performances begin November 21 through December 21, with two
shows Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30.

"How much must we endure in order to learn who we really are?"  

The New York Times calls Craig Lucas’ twisted holiday comedy “a bittersweet Christmas
fable for our time.
It’s A Wonderful Life as it might be reimagined.” Reckless follows the
journey of housewife Rachel Fitzsimmons, whose euphoric existence is shattered when she
discovers, one fateful Christmas Eve, that her husband has hired a hit-man to kill her. Her
life is swept away in a snowstorm and into the most fractured of fairy tales filled with crazed
killers, insane therapists, outrageous TV personalities, delusive family members, and much
more. Reflecting Craig Lucas' signature dark humor,
Reckless is a deeply moving story
that forces us to face, head on, the crisis of running away, the slipperiness of fate, and the
hope of coming home again.

“The past is something your wake up to…something you wake up to every day.”
– Lloyd, Reckless

Craig Lucas is an American playwright, screenwriter, theatre and
film director. He is said to “fuse two directions in contemporary
theater.” In plays like Blue Window and Reckless, he synthesizes
the naturalistic vision of playwrights like Lanford Wilson with the
exaggerated comedy of satirists like Christopher Durang. Born in
1951, and abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Lucas was adopted
when he was eight months old by a Pennsylvania couple - his
father was an FBI agent and his mother, a housewife. He recalls
growing up that his coming out made it possible for him to develop as a playwright and as a
person. In 1973, with a degree in theatre and creative writing, his mentor, Anne Sexton,
urged him to try his luck in New York City. After years working as an actor, he wrote his first

play Missing Persons, and that was followed by his more serious works Singing Forest and
The Dying Gaul. He also authored the musical book The Light in the Piazza, which
garnered him a Tony Award nomination.  His work is unintentionally divided in gay-plays
(
Blue Window, Longtime Companion) and straight-plays (Reckless, Three Postcards,
Prelude to a Kiss
). Lucas' awards include an OBIE Award for Direction, the Excellence in
Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Outer Critics, L.A.
Drama Critics, and Drama-Logue Awards; he has also received a fellowships from the
Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and has
been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 2014, his newest play
Ode to Joy,
opened in Los Angeles.  

Artistic Director and City Theatre founder Andy Berkovsky celebrates his ninth year in
Austin theatre with
Reckless, the sixteenth show he has directed for the company. He has
directed
Rumors, The Miracle Worker, Parallel Lives, Cabaret, Into the Woods, and
Frozen. Additionally, Agnes of God, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Boys Next Door
garnered nominations for B. Iden Payne awards in Directing. Reckless stars the award-
winning Austin actress Suzanne Balling who has performed with companies including The
City Theatre Company, Austin Playhouse, Theatre En Bloc, Tutto Theatre Company and
Different Stages. Her work has garnered her a B. Iden Payne award and a handful of
nominations from the BIP Committee, Austin Theatre Examiner, Central Texas Excellence in
Theatre, and BroadwayWorld Austin. The show also features the amazing cast of
Bobbie Oliver, Clay Avery, Jesselyn Parks, Dash Shearer, Steve Wright,
Nina Bryant, and Janice Hughes.

                   Thursday - Saturday 8 pm. Sunday 5:30 pm.
November 21 - December 21
Craig Lucas’
wickedly funny
comedy