Reckless is an absurdist midwinter night’s dream directed by Jonathan Kronenberger, Beck Center’s associate director of Theater Education, that features a talented cast of 16 teenage actors who are students at the Beck Center.
At home on Christmas Eve, the play’s heroine, Rachel is informed by her guilt-ridden husband that he has hired a hit man to kill her. Distraught, she flees for her life by scrambling out the bedroom window and into the snowy night. Rachel’s adventure takes her from town to town where she meets a variety of bizarre characters and encounters an endless series of incredible coincidences. In the end, she is forced to face the hard truth that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to really know people and that we lead reckless lives in which “things just happen.” The New York Times called Reckless “a bittersweet Christmas fable for our time. It’s A Wonderful Life as it might be reimagined for a bruising contemporary America.”
One of the quirky characters in the play is depicted as hearing impaired so the Reckless cast has been working with members of The HeArd, a group of professional theatrical sign language interpreters, to learn basic sign language skills in preparation for their roles. Coincidentally, The HeArd will be signing an upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland on February 26 at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby. To learn more about The HeArd visit www.heardwhatsup.com.