Meet the Cast of ‘How the Other Half Loves’ at The British Players: Part 2: Karen Romero

In Part 2 of a series of interviews with the cast of How the Other Half Lives at The British Players, meet Karen Romero.

Karen Romero.
Karen Romero.

Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you in the past year on local stages?

Karen: I was born and raised in San Diego, then ventured out to Hong Kong for four years, where I taught English and completed a Masters degree in Communication. I’m pretty new to the theatre scene altogether, and to DC. Three years ago I graduated from the Theatre Lab’s Honors Conservatory and have participated in a handful of staged readings, but this will be my first full on play. I’m very excited about that!

Why did you want to be part of the British Players’ production of How the Other Half Loves?

A British accent, lying, cheating, drinking and the occasional fistfight, what’s not to love?

What did you perform at your audition and where were you when you got the call that you had the role?

The audition consisted of cold reading. I was at work when I missed the call that I had been offered the part.

Who do you play in the show, and how do you relate to your character?

I play Teresa Phillips, a run down mother of one whose husband is having an affair. Teresa has a good sense of people and likes to get to the bottom of things, and I would say that rings true for me too. Also, I’m not one to turn down a drink, and I’m pretty sure Teresa wouldn’t either.

What advice and suggestions did Director Pauline Griller-Mitchell give you that helped you prepare for your role? Have you worked with Pauline before? And how would you describe her style of directing?

This is my first time working with Pauline and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. Pauline threw out the word spunky for my character and I’ve been trying to play with that. She’s extremely kind and sweet and lets her actors explore on their own, and is always available for discussion.

Have you appeared in or seen other productions of How the Other Half Loves before, and if so, who did you play and how is this production different and unique

No, I have not.

What is your favorite scene in the show that you are not in, and what is your favorite scene that you are in?

My favorite scene that I’m not in is when Mary is at my house and her husband William walks in and confronts her as to why she’s in my house – he thinks she is having an affair with my husband. I love it when William calls her a “wanton slut” when in fact, she is a fragile, mousy, sweet woman. My favorite scene that I’m in is during a dinner party, and Bob my husband, arrives late and drunk – it’s a riot!

Which character in the show is most like you and why?

I would say Teresa. She speaks her mind and tries to do the right thing for herself, and so do I.

What do you admire most about your fellow cast-mates’ performances?

I admire their talent. I feel so lucky to be a part of such a warm group of people.

How did you prepare for your role, and what were the biggest challenges you faced; and how did you resolve them?

The play requires a British accent, which I studied for a few weeks some years ago. There are certain words I forget to say correctly and it drives me nuts. I have them circled and highlighted and underlined, and say them over and over.

Why should audience goers bring their families to see How the Other Half Loves?

It’s entertaining and fun!

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How the Other Lives plays through March 13-28, 2015 at The British Players performing at Kensington Town Hall – 3710 Mitchell Street, in Kensington, MD. For tickets call (240) 447-9863, or purchase them online.

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Meet the Cast of ‘How the Other Half Loves’ at The British Players: Part 1: Susan R. Paisner.

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.