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Theatre Northwest celebrates 50 years with fall production, ‘Reckless’

Dark comedy opens Nov. 10-13 at new production venue, Theatre Northwest at Arts on Grant


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Theater Northwest, the performance company of the Indiana University Northwest Department of Performing Arts, will present its fall production, “Reckless,” Nov. 10 through 13.

This performance season marks the 50th Anniversary of Theatre Northwest.

New to IU Northwest this semester, Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing Mark Baer is directing the dark comedy, which will be IU Northwest’s first production at a new venue, Theatre Northwest at Arts on Grant. Originally from Canton, Ohio, Baer’s professional work as an actor and director has taken him all over country. He currently resides in Normal, Ill., where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University.

"The new space is really electric!” Baer said. “With only 80 seats and the audience less than five feet from the stage, it will create a very intimate, intense theatre experience.  I think it's ideal for the sharp comedy and subtle drama of ‘Reckless.’ ”

 “Reckless,” by Craig Lucas, takes place on the eve of Christmas, 1983. Rachel, mother of two, is deliriously happy. That is, until she discovers that her husband has taken a contract out on her life. What follows is the absurdly dark, insanely funny story of Rachel's reckless ride through guilt, game shows and the gutter in search of serenity and redemption.

The cast consists of IU Northwest students Talia Anderson, of Portage; Demetrius Clark, Brandon Hearne and Kimberly Wehr of Gary; Carson Buchanan, of Hebron; Ashley Nicole Thompson, of Whiting; Lexie Itczak, of Lowell; Andrew Becker, of Demotte; and IU Northwest alumna Andrea Creasbaum, of Highland.

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12. The final performance will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Tickets are $10. Reservations are suggested by calling (219) 980-6808.

Theatre Northwest at Arts on Grant is located just west of the IU Northwest campus in the Village Shopping Center at 37th Avenue and Grant Street in Gary.

About Theatre Northwest:

Theatre Northwest, the performance company of the Indiana University Northwest Department of Performing Arts, is highly regarded as an affordable and accessible performance venue serving the communities of Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. The theatre also serves as a platform for the up-and-coming talent of the Department of Performing Arts, the only public theatre degree program in Northwest Indiana.

Currently enjoying its 50th season, the theatre typically presents three productions each year in an array of genres, including drama, comedy, mystery, and more. The theatre prides itself on its children’s productions, of which it has produced nearly 30 to date.