SF PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS
By Craig Lucas
Directed by Louis Parnell
Opens: November 18th
Previews begin November 15th
Press Night is Saturday, November 18th!
San Francisco, CA (October, 2006) – The SF Playhouse is pleased to announce its holiday production of the hilarious and touching Christmas fable, Reckless by Craig Lucas with direction by Louis Parnell.
Susi Damilano, Producing Director of SF Playhouse leads the cast as Rachel, the pivotal character. She is supported by All-Star Bay Area talent including, Steve Budd, Rod Gnapp*, Cat Thompson*, Mark LaRiviere, Lorraine Olsen and Sandra Schlechter. The creative team for Reckless will include Bill English (Set Design), Prem Lahti (Costume Design), Annie Mueller (Properties), Matt O’Hare (Sound Design), Jon Retsky (Lighting Design) and Brian Scott (Video Design),
The production will open November 18th and run through December 30th at the SF Playhouse in San Francisco at 533 Sutter Street and previews will begin November 15th.
Reckless premiered in 1983 and was later revised and produced by Circle Rep in 1988 it was performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club in collaboration with Second Stage theatre starring Mary Louise Parker in 2004.
It’s Christmas Eve, Rachel’s son has “fired” her, her husband’s put out a contract on her life, and so she’s out the window – literally. This bittersweet comedy follows Rachel through a bizarre, fantastic, and sometimes nightmarish journey as she travels across the country, finding “home” with a succession of intimate strangers.
For tickets ($60 Opening Night November 18th, $36 regular, and $18 preview performances) or more information, the public may contact the SF Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or visit www.sfplayhouse.org, TicketWeb.com, or the TIX box office on Union Square.
CRAIG LUCAS (Playwright) is the author of the plays Stranger, The Dying Gaul, God's Heart, Prelude to a Kiss, Blue Window, Missing Persons and Small Tragedy, the screenplays for The Dying Gaul, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, Blue Window; the opera libretti to Orpheus in Love (music by Gerald Busby) and book for the musical Three Postcards. With Norman Rene, he created the bookless musical Marry Me A Little, Songs by Stephen Sondheim. He has received the Distinguished Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Outer Critics Circle, Burns Mantle Best Musical, Drama Logue, Obie, George and Elisabeth Marton, L.A. Drama Critics, GLAAD Media, Sundance Audience and the Villager Awards, as well as a Tony nomination and three Drama Desk nominations; he has been a Pulitzer finalist and is the recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and NEA/TCG fellowships along with new play commissions from South Coast Rep, Hartford Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, and A Contemporary Theater in Seattle. Lucas is a member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN.
LOUIS PARNELL (Director) has worked extensively with numerous companies in the Bay Area including American Conservatory Theater, Campo Santo, Center Rep, Central Works, The Magic, Marin Theatre Co and TheatreWorks. He has acted in several of the plays at SF Playhouse, but is now making his inaugural debut as a director here (although he previously directed the West Coast premiere of Private Eyes for Bill English and Susi Damilano before they opened the Playhouse). Other directing credits include Four Dogs and a Bone and Amulets Against the Dragon Forces (both at ATSF) and received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and Drama- Logue Awards for both productions for directing as well as American Buffalo (Bay Guardian Black Box Award). He has also directed productions of Deathtrap, The Dead Monkey, Hurly Burly, A Poster of the Cosmos, The Shannon Doyle Incident and The Thing of at various theaters. As an actor, favorite roles include After the Fall, Angels in America, Art, The Boys in the Band, The Fantasticks, It Had to be You, My Antonia and Speed the Plow and has accumulated 9 BATCC nominations(2 wins) and many Drama-Logue Awards and Dean Goodman Critics Choice Awards.
Founded by Bill English and Susi Damilano, SF Playhouse is Union Square’s intimate, professional theatre. Using Equity actors and world class design, the SF Playhouse, which won the Bay Guardian’s 2006 Best Off Broadway Theatre Award and about which the San Francisco Chronicle raved, “San Francisco’s newest theatre isn’t just another tiny stage carved out of a storefront . . . its an enticing introduction to a new company,” has become an intimate theatre alternative to the traditional Union Square theatre fare, garnering 20 Bay Area Theatre Critic nominations in its first year. Providing a creative home and inspiring environment where actors, directors, writers, designers, and theatre lovers converge, SF Playhouse, hailed as a “small delicacy” by SF Weekly and “eclectic” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, strives to create works that celebrate the human spirit.
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS:
WHAT: SF Playhouse, Union Square’s newest professional theatre, continues its fourth season with a revival of Craig Lucas’s Christmas Fable, Reckless.
A Christmas adventure with lots of snow and a very unlikely Santa. When a child-like suburban housewife climbs out her bedroom window on Christmas Eve, nothing will ever be the same, as she begins a fantastic journey of self-discovery.
Rachel’s son has “fired” her, her husband’s put out a contract on her life, and so she’s out the window – literally. This bittersweet comedy follows Rachel through a bizarre, fantastic, and sometimes nightmarish odyssey as she travels across the country, finding “home” with a succession of intimate strangers.
DATES: Previews: November 15, 16, 17
Opens: Saturday, November 18th.
Close: December 30, 2006
SHOWS: Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., matinee Saturdays 3 p.m.
WHERE: SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter Street (one block off of Union Square, b/n Powell & Mason) San Francisco, CA. (Across the street from its former location.)
TICKETS: For tickets ($60 opening night, $36 regular, $18 previews) or more information, the public may contact the SF Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, it’s website: www.sfplayhouse.org, TicketWeb.com, or the TIX box office on Union Square.