Brave Dog Players, Wild Fish Theatre
At home on an idyllic Christmas Eve, Rachel is 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, faraway Christmas Eve.
All this and more takes place during Craig Lucas’s play Reckless, opening this coming Thursday as produced by Houston’s Brave Dog Players. Reckless will be performed at the new Wild Fish Theatre, 1703D-1 Post Oak Blvd. Houston, TX 77056 (Post Oak at San Felipe), from December 2, through December 19. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday evenings, with Sunday matinees. There will also be one Monday evening performance on December 13.
Philip Lehl will direct Reckless. Philip is a Brave Dog founding member, and is known throughout the Houston arts community, having appeared as an actor numerous times at The Alley, Stages, TUTS, Main Street Theater, Horse Head Theatre, Classical Theatre Company, The Houston Symphony, Generations Theatre Co., Bayou City Concert Musicals and the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and having directed Brave Dog’s initial production, “Almost Maine.”
The seven-member cast of Reckless will be headlined by Brave Dog founders Kim Tobin (“Speech and Debate”, “Almost Maine”) as Rachel, and Rick Silverman (“Fault Lines”, “Almost Maine”) as the TV Hosts. Joining the Brave Dog founders will be Kregg Dailey (“Doctor’s Dilemma”, “History of the World –Abridged”) as Lloyd Bophtelophti; Susan Draper (“On the Town”, “Tomfoolery”) as Pooty Bophtelophti; Zach Bruton (“Among the Thugs”) as Tom, Rachel’s husband; Julia Traber (director of “Greater Tuna” at Unity Theatre, and “Candide” at Classic Theatre Co.) as Trish; and Candice Meade (Producer, Writer, Director, and Actor in the independent film, “Don’t Get Me Wrong”) as the psychiatrists.
“We were looking for a title that was a Christmas play, but that would offer an antidote, or at least an alternative to the usual Christmas Carol/Nutcracker type fare,” says Silverman. Kim Tobin adds: “Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my holidays than working with my friends on this wacky, Christmas romp.”
Reckless is the second production of Brave Dog Theatre Company. Brave Dog presented “Almost, Maine,” by Jon Cariani last February. “Almost, Maine” was both a financial and critical success, prompting Everett Evans of the Houston Chronicle to write: “Making its Houston premiere as the inaugural production of Brave Dog Players, John Cariani’s romantic comedy proves clever, wistful, funny, sweet-natured and warm-hearted,” and John DeMers of Houston ArtsWeek to say: “Thanks to the previously nonexistent Brave Dog Players, John Cariani’s ‘magical romantic comedy’ isn’t just arriving in time for Valentine’s Day; it virtually is Valentine’s Day.”
Brave Dog has assembled a talented crew to help realize the world that will become Reckless. Heading the team will be lighting and projection designer Clint Allen (“The Farnsworth Invention”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll” at the Alley), costume designer Jodi Bobrovsky (“Tartuffe”, “Ghosts” at CTC, hundreds of scenic and costume designs at Stages), scenic designer Kevin Holden (“Among the Thugs,” “Fault Lines,” “Speech and Debate”) and composer/sound designer Chip Schneider.
Tickets to Reckless are $25, with a $10 student rate. The Monday, December 13 performance will be Pay What You Can. Tickets can be bought through the Brave Dog website, http://www.bravedogtheatre.com, or at the door.