KAREN, I SAID
October Surprise Edition
A 45-MINUTE ZOOM THEATRICAL IN THREE PARTS
written & performed by Eliza Bent
directed by Tara Ahmadinejad
designed by Erma Fiend
produced by Sarah McLellan
October Surprises aren't just for politicians.
KAREN, I SAID will soon be Zooming again!
OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 2
TICKETS: Sliding Scale, $5 - $30
bentertainment and New Georges
in association with All For One Theater
KAREN, I SAID is a three-part, 45-minute-long Zoom theatrical.
KAREN, I SAID begins as an Instagram story about a white lady's friend named Karen.
KAREN, I SAID shows what happens when one white lady tries to out-woke another.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Brave Space Alliance,
the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ center located on the South Side of Chicago.
Since we can't gather to see extraordinary solo performances, we have created
AFO Solo Shorts to bring extraordinary solo performances to you.
All For One Theater accepted submissions for short solo work that could be created digitally by the artist. Projects were developed and curated for showing by the AFO staff with the help of AFO's Artist In Residence, Kareem Lucas.
We hope these pieces fascinate you; enchant you; rip you out of the non-stop headlines, home-schooling, and day-to-day terrors; and give you something to smile about!
All For One asserts that Black Lives Matter.
We are committed to supporting and amplifying Black voices and perspectives through our conduct and our programming.
All For One acknowledges it is currently a white-led organization operating in an industry plagued with systemic racism.
We pledge to hold ourselves accountable, to examine our inevitable mistakes and missteps, and to make amends when we have wronged our colleagues or our community.
We pledge that each season's Solo Collective will always include the voices of Black Artists and other Artists of Color.
We pledge that our cohort of Artists in Residence will continue to include and hold space for Black Artists and Artists of Color.
We pledge that creative teams for Main Stage productions will always include multiple BIPOC Artists.
We pledge to always pay our artists and never ask for work for free.
Leadership and staff will be pursuing anti-racist training to combat the privilege and biases that have shaped us, in order to better understand our complicity in the racial inequities of our industry and our society.
We have signed the petition put forth by BIPOC Theatermakers at
We encourage you to do the same.