Tina Fey and Leslie Kritzer Join Cast of Reckless Benefit Reading
By Adam Hetrick
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Tina Fey and Leslie Kritzer have joined the cast of the Oct. 28 benefit reading of Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas' Reckless at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre.
As previously reported, Kate Whoriskey (The Miracle Worker) will direct the 8 PM one-night-only reading that will raise funds for Safe Horizon. Reckless was first produced Off-Broadway by Circle Repertory Theatre in 1988. Manhattan Theatre Club presented a Broadway revival of the play in 2004.
Fey ("30 Rock"), who is also at work on a musical adaptation of her film "Mean Girls," replaces the previously announced Lauren Ambrose in the role of Rachel. Kritzer (Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair) replaces Miriam Shor in the role of Trish/Woman Patient.
The cast also features Michael Esper (The Lyons, American Idiot) as Tom/Tom Jr./Man in Ski Mask, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Grace, "Revolutionary Road") as Lloyd, Kathy Najimy ("Sister Act," "Hocus Pocus") as Doctors 1-6, Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Mr. Burns a Post Electric Play) as Pooty/Sue and Tony nominee Daniel Breaker (Shrek, Passing Strange) as Tim Timko/Roy/Talk Show Host.
The evening is produced by The Indigo Theatre Project, "a theatre company that strives to unite passion with purpose by producing high-profile readings of notable plays to benefit charities aligned with the work being read." Safe Horizon is "the largest organization of its kind in the United States that helps victims overcome crisis and become survives as they restore their lives." Shoshana Feinstein and Allison Bressi also produce the reading.
Here's how it's billed: "Reckless follows the journey of Rachel (Fey), a housewife who discovers one fateful 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. Told with the signature dark humor of Craig Lucas, Reckless is a deeply moving story about running away from crisis and running toward yourself."
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