What is your name? Where are you from?
Karen Allen. Where I’m from is one of those tough questions. I was born in Illinois, I grew up in Washington D.C. I spent most of my adult life in New York City and I have spent the last twenty years going back and forth between the Berkshires in Massachusetts and New York City.
What is the project you’re working on at SPACE?
This is Ashville, which is Lucy Thurber’s newest play in this group of The Hill Town Plays. It’s the only one that hasn’t been produced before and it’s the second play in this sequence of five plays.
How have you been spending your time at SPACE?
I’ve just been working, working, working on the play. It’s a complicated play in the sense that it really is a little jigsaw puzzle. It takes place in three row house apartments that are all right next to each other. We don’t have a stage wide enough to create three separate apartments so we’re creating one large apartment that becomes three. It really involves the comings and goings of the different people in each apartment. That makes it really challenging in a very cool and fun way.
What’s coming up next for you?
I’ve just done two plays back to back so I’m looking forward to having a little break. There’s a film I might do as an actor on the West Coast of Canada. We don’t have a start date yet, but it looks like it will be shot sometime in the late fall.
If you were to be reincarnated as a farm animal, what would you be?
I have this connection with sheep I think. I’ve never owned one but there’s something quite magical about them to me.
Interviewed by Lorenzo Roberts