Ali Scaramella A Girl Wrote It marks Alison’s first production with Wide Eyed. Recently, she has performed at Joe’s Pub and Ars Nova in the new musical Salamander Leviathan by Krista Knight and Barry Brinegar. Other NYC credits include: Girl / Group- A Daughter’s Tale (La MaMa ETC), The Light Inside (Examined Man Theatre), Murder in the Cathedral (Hoi Polloi), Invader? I Hardly Know Her!, directed by Rebecca Hengstenberg (FringeNYC), A Frontier, As Told By The Frontier (Columbia Stages/The Cherry Pit and New York Theatre Workshop), and the NYC debut of Pink! (DownPayment Productions / Workshop Theatre), which was nominated for seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Regionally, she has worked at The Kitchen Theatre Company in
- You’ll be performing in Deirdre O'Connor's Penicillin as part of our upcoming production of A Girl Wrote It. Can you tell us some of your initial thoughts about the piece? How are rehearsals going?
I loved the piece right from the start! The dialogue seems not only incredibly witty and smart, but also very realistic and poignant at times (no small feat). She’s really done most of the work for us! One-Acts can be tricky- there’s a lot to fit into a pretty small space- but this piece covers so much ground. It’s really a testament to the writing that you can get to know these characters so well and watch them transform over the course of twenty pages.
Rehearsals are going great! I feel pretty lucky to get to hang out with Rebecca Hengstenberg and Michael Komala three or four times a week.
- When did you know that you wanted to be an actor? How did you get started?
I think I’ve wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember wanting anything (at times, against my better judgment). My father is a High School English teacher who also directed the Drama Club plays for a while, so I spent a significant amount of time when I was very little in the auditorium watching rehearsals of plays like Rumors and Annie. That undoubtedly played a part in lighting the fire. I got started the usual way- summer camps, school plays, and then went on to get my undergraduate degree in Theater and to study in some conservatory settings.
- Who or what do you consider to have been your biggest creative influences to date? Why?
- What is your favorite part of the creative process before you perform for an audience? Do you have a particular pre-show ritual that you engage in before curtain? If so, can you share it with us?
- I believe this is your first time working with Wide Eyed. We’d like to get to know you a little better. Could you tell us a little bit about what you like to do in your spare time?
- Are you working on any additional projects at the moment? Care to share with us?