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Student-directed Play No ‘Reckless’ Affair

Reckless, 10/31 - 11/4, RU School of Dance & Theatre

In rehearsal since mid-September, the student-directed production of Craig Lucas’ play Reckless opens this week at Radford University. The two-act play comprised of 28 different scenes will be performed in the Hawes Studio Theatre, located in Porterfield Hall.

Senior Theatre major Katie Beliveau was selected as the student director for the production.

“I’ve always kind of been interested in teaching, in addition to acting,” Beliveau said. “So last semester I applied to direct and the faculty picked me.”

The show Reckless revolves around the lead, Rachel, and begins on a Christmas Eve when she flees her home in the middle of the night to escape being killed by a hit man hired by her husband. The story unfolds as the audience follows Rachel, watching where life takes her.

Rachel is being played by Sarah Meade, a junior in the Department of Theatre & Cinema.  

“The first time I read the script, I read the ending, then flipped back to the beginning and read it again wondering if I read it right the first time,” Meade said. “I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the playwright meant, the show is very open for interpretation.”

Beliveau plans on using the ambiguity of the script in her favor.

“We are setting up the show in kind of an arena style with the audience all around the action. It gives more of a dream feeling to the show and I think will make the audience really feel for these characters,” Beliveau said.

One of the big challenges that Beliveau anticipates is the fact that there are so many different scenes, settings, and characters that need to work cohesively.

“It will be a big collaboration, it’s not like I have 4 or 5 people to tell things to, it’s a whole collaboration,” Beliveau said. “I definitely trust the actors and I think a lot of this show for me will be trusting the actors, designers, and the tech crew.”

A big challenge for Meade is that a large portion of this show involves sign language; Rachel and other characters in the show are supposed to be well acquainted with signing.

“Having to learn sign language is a huge, huge thing. Also, the way Katie had us work with space props and it’s very abstract, that is definitely something that is new for me,” Meade said.

The episodic style of the show from the constant scene changing really enables the dream-like perspective that Beliveau is targeting. “Despite the fact that it does present everyone involved with some challenges, it offers a unique experience for the audience,” Beliveau added.

“A good thing about Reckless, it will attract a lot of people because of how different it is. It reminds me of my favorite movie Donnie Darko. Everything in this show should be perceived as ‘is this Rachel’s mindset? Or this? Or is it actually reality?’” Beliveau said.

Reckless opens October 31st at 8pm and runs through November 4th in the Hawes Studio Theatre in Porterfield Hall.  Admission is free; however, tickets for the production should be picked up at the Porterfield Box Office (540-831-5289) during the week of the show. The Box Office is open from noon to 6 p.m. and one hour before the start of each performance.

Actor Profiles

Oct 29, 2012
College of Visual & Performing Arts

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