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Expect the unexpected at the ASU Herberger Mainstage Theatre debut of the Broadway comedy “Reckless”

Jonathon Howard, Matthew Keuter, Beth Froehlich, Josh Smith, Heather Harper, Kim Parmon and Krishelle Whiting. Photo by Tim Trumble.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

October 21, 2004

Tempe, Ariz – Area theatergoers who can’t make it to New York this season still have the opportunity to see a Broadway hit when the ASU Herberger Mainstage Theatre presents “Reckless” from Friday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Lyceum Theatre. Less than six weeks after its premiere with Mary Louise-Parker and Rosie Perez on Broadway, the ASU Mainstage theatre stars will present this roller coaster ride of hilariously dark comedy – fast paced, smart and heart-breaking.

“Reckless” concerns a woman’s journey of self discovery. Rachel, a runaway wife, is forced to dodge a murderous husband, numerous psychiatrists and an assortment of shady characters on a bizarre and hilarious journey. The New York Times calls Reckless, “A bittersweet Christmas fable for our time. It’s a Wonderful Life re-imagined for a bruising contemporary America…”

The production is directed by Erma Duricko, an ASU Herberger College Department of Theatre alumnae, the founder and artistic director of Blue Roses Productions, Inc. She is also the artistic associate for Circle East Theater Company, New York City. Duricko has directed hundreds of plays in New York and across the county, and has received numerous awards and grants for directing. Duricko is also the first recipient of Tennessee Williams Award, recognizing her for outstanding contributions preserving, promoting and perpetuating the work of Tennessee Williams.

According to Duricko, the themes in “Reckless” are particularly relevant and relatable in this day and age. “That sense of instability in our lives, when everything can change in a moment… It is a fact of life for us now -- more than ever before.”

The play runs Nov. 5-21 at the Lyceum Theatre on the ASU Tempe campus, 901 S. Forest Mall on the ASU campus in Tempe. Tickets are $5-$20 and are available at 480-965-6447 or

Theatre is part of the ASU Herberger Mainstage Season featuring operas, musicals, dance and music performances. For a complete Mainstage schedule go to

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