Housewives and husbands and hit-men, oh my! Craig Lucas’ acclaimed 1983 dark comedy Reckless is returning to New York City for one night only, starring stage and screen favorites Lauren Ambrose, Michael Shannon, Kathy Najimy and more. Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the reading will benefit Safe Horizon, an organization that helps victims of violence overcome crisis and restore their lives. The performance will be held October 28 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Ambrose appeared on Broadway in Exit the King and Awake and Sing! Her film and TV credits include Six Feet Under, Can’t Hardly Wait and Sleepwalk with Me. Shannon made his Broadway debut in Grace. His film and TV credits include Man of Steel, Take Shelter, The Iceman and Revolutionary Road. Najimy appeared in Dirty Blonde on Broadway. Her film and TV credits include King of the Hill, Sister Act and Hocus Pocus.
Reckless tells the story of Rachel (Ambrose), a housewife who discovers one Christmas Eve that her husband has hired a hit-man to kill her, sending her out the window and on an unusual series of misadventures.
In addition to Ambrose as Rachel, Shannon as Lloyd and Najimy as Doctors 1-6, Reckless will star Michael Esper (American Idiot) as Tom/Tom Jr./Man in Ski mask, Daniel Breaker (Shrek the Musical) as Tim Timko/Roy/Talk Show Host and Miriam Shor (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as Trish/Woman Patient.
Reckless premiered in 1983 at the Production Company. A revival opened on Broadway in 2004, starring Mary Louise Parker, Debra Monk and Michael O’Keefe.