Under Construction: Terrorist is Spelled K-A-R-E-N

Saturday, October 24th
Written By Aja Houston
Directed By Inger Tudor

Grocery stores. Parks. Sidewalks. Restaurants. At home. Black couple, Toni and X, fight daily for their survival as they move through these commonplace spaces that are regularly targeted by the American terrorist group, KAREN. When one member violently attacks X, Toni struggles to help put the pieces of his soul back together KAREN sought to annihilate. 

Aja Houston is a Los Angeles based playwright that hails from Everywhere, USA via Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Madison, NJ, Rochester, NY and The Bay Area. Aja creates with passion, politics, and magic to build off-kilter, uncanny, and whimsical worlds that humanizes people of the Black diaspora.

Aja is a graduate of the M.F.A in Dramatic Writing program at The University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, and a provisional member of Antaeus Theatre’s Writer’s Lab.

Some of Aja’s work includes: Terrorist is Spelled K-A-R-E-N (developed at The Road Theatre, ATLA Zoom Festival 2020, Under Construction Zoom Festival 2020) Journey to Alice (Eugene O’Neil Theatre Conference Semi-Finalist 2019, New Works Festival III at Pasadena Playhouse 2019, Inkwell Theater’s Max K. Lerner Fellowship 2018) Counting (Inkwell Theatre Max K. Lerner Fellowship 2019, New Works Festival II at USC’s Massman Theatre 2018) The Flight of Emina and Zubaida (Playwright’s Arena, Iron Tongues Festival 2017) Floating on Credit (Dionysian Literary Magazine, Published 2017) Remembrance (DC Black Theatre Festival “Festival Favorite” 2014) and The Spooks (Towne Street Theatre 10 Minute Play Festival 2014)


Inger Tudor is an actress, producer, poet and recovering attorney who enjoys directing from time to time. A graduate of Harvard (college and law school) and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Inger has served as director and assistant director on a number of productions both in New York and Los Angeles. Some of her favorite credits include: “Les Blancs” (a.d.) and Around the Clock Festival (Rogue Machine Theatre), “Crawl, Fade to White” (a.d.) and “Local Story” (Theatre of NOTE), “The View from Here” (The Actors Workout Studio), “My Children! My Africa!” (The Actors Co-op), and her very first  directing project, “The Colored Museum” (HLS Drama Society—Best Director award).


X – Christian Telesmar*
Toni – Kacie Rogers*
Karen – Paris Perrault*

*Road Company Member