Monk Joins Cast of Broadway's Reckless; Previews Begin Sept. 22

News   Monk Joins Cast of Broadway's Reckless; Previews Begin Sept. 22
Tony Award-winner Debra Monk has joined the cast of the Broadway premiere of Craig Lucas' seriocomic Reckless, set to begin previews Sept. 22 at the Biltmore Theatre.
Debra Monk
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The revival is a co-production between Manhattan Theatre Club, which operates the Biltmore as its Broadway home, and Second Stage, the Off-Broadway troupe usually associated with second looks at works.

Monk will play a collection of doctors in life of a suburban housewife (played by Mary-Louise Parker). The wife lives in bliss until one Christmas Eve, when a hitman hired by her hubby makes an attempt on her life.

The casting is a reunion for Parker and Monk, who co-starred in on Broadway in Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss.

Reckless premiered Off-Broadway in 1983. Mark Brokaw directs the new production.

Monk won her Tony Award for performing in Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain. She was nominated for Picnic and Steel Pier, as well. She was also a co-creator of and performer in the Tony-nommed musical, Pump Boys and Dinettes. Reckless opens Oct. 14. Here's how MTC bills the play: "Mary-Louise Parker stars as Rachel.  It's Christmas Eve, her 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."


Parker, who won her Tony for her leading role in David Auburn's Proof (an MTC staging), also garnered a Tony nomination for her previous Lucas-penned work Prelude to a Kiss. The actress recently won a Golden Globe for her turn in the HBO adaptation of Angels in America and has also been seen in Bus Stop, Communicating Doors, How I Learned to Drive (directed by Brokaw), Four Dogs and a Bone, The Art of Success and The Age of Pie.

She had a recurring role on the NBC drama "The West Wing" appeared in such films as "Boys on the Side," "Grand Canyon," "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Portrait of a Lady," "Bullets Over Broadway" and the screen adaptation of "Reckless."

Lucas has penned the plays The Dying Gaul, God's Heart, Blue Window, Missing Persons, Stranger and This Thing of Darkness. His new work Small Tragedy played at Playwrights Horizons in 2003-04. Lucas also wrote the books for the musicals The Light in the Piazza, Marry Me a Little, Three and the opera to Orpheus in Love.


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