Second Stage Series to Feature ‘Reckless’


by News Bureau on Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 12, 2012 — The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will perform “Reckless” April 26-29 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast’s River Campus.

The performance at Southeast is student directed by Lindsay Prawitz of St. Joseph, Mo., and is part of the Theatre and Dance Second Stage Series.

“Reckless” is a dark comedy by Craig Lucas. Produced off-Broadway by the Production Company, “Reckless” is filled with bizarre characters and events, reflecting fractured lifestyles which have become common for many. The production is a bittersweet Christmas fable for this time period, according to The New York Times.

At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel is informed by her guilty husband that he has hired a hitman to kill her, and she must flee for her lifeᾰwhich she does by scrambling out a kitchen window and into the snowy night. She meets and joins up with Lloyd Bophtelophti, who has changed his name to avoid alimony payments and who now lives with a paraplegic named Pootie (who also pretends to be deaf to get double disability). Rachel then wins $100,000 on a television game show and begins a series of escapades involving several psychiatrists and an ill-fated reunion with her husband. In the end, Rachel becomes a therapist herself, treating her own child (who fails to recognize her) and is led to wonder whether the modern world is a vast conspiracy designed to undermine her own shaky sanity.

This production contains adult language and content.

Tickets are on Sale Now.

Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or online at