Karen O Fort

Karen O Fort

Karen Fort is a playwright, director and actor in Chicago Illinois. She recently directed Slaughter City by Naomi Wallace, after playing the role of Mrs. Bernicke in Drumming In the Night at Prop Theater, directed by Stefan Brun. Karen played Chris in The Abdication for Wade-Kweskin Productions, and Nickitushka in Chekov’s Swansong. In Oregon, her home state, she played Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf...
Karen Fort is a playwright, director and actor in Chicago Illinois. She recently directed Slaughter City by Naomi Wallace, after playing the role of Mrs. Bernicke in Drumming In the Night at Prop Theater, directed by Stefan Brun. Karen played Chris in The Abdication for Wade-Kweskin Productions, and Nickitushka in Chekov’s Swansong. In Oregon, her home state, she played Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Theater NOW, and Brinna in The Medusa at the Nutshell. She played Nora in Better Living with Open Eye Theater. As an Equity actress, she worked for Victory Gardens (Close Ties), the Organic (Poe), Pheasant Run (Lunch Hour) and St. Nicholas (The Miracle Worker, Captain Marbles).She was seen on channel 11 in Protect Yourself, as a single mother who worries her daughter, and appeared in the film Four Friends, directed by Arthur Penn.Her directing credits include Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (twice each), To Kill A Mockingbird, Comedy of Errors, Measure For Measure, The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Macbeth, As You Like It, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Life Is A Dream, Summer Brave, The Tempest, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Much Ado About Nothing, Sally and Marsha, Pastoral, Castanets, Martin Pippin and the Apple Orchard, at Chase Park Theater, and Motherlove. She taught professional adults Meisner technique at The Actor’s Center, and founded the Young Actors Program at the Organic Theater. She taught and directed at the Chicago Park District for twelve years. She wrote Accidents, which received a staged reading at Victory Gardens and The Arch for the Illustrated Theater. Her stories and articles have been published in The Reader, Sociology 101, and in a poetry collection, Miracles.

Plays

  • Groundswell; a play about climate change
    Cast of 7, 4M, 3F. A heat wave strikes down a farmer and his son struggles. The family country place is torn between the daughter’s bridal shower, a proposal for mountaintop mining, and a storm with flooding. The family quarrels over how climate solutions pressure relationships and lifestyles. A nature girl’s overly bounteous offer is met with a young man’s sustainable restraint, and husbanding of her precious...
    Cast of 7, 4M, 3F. A heat wave strikes down a farmer and his son struggles. The family country place is torn between the daughter’s bridal shower, a proposal for mountaintop mining, and a storm with flooding. The family quarrels over how climate solutions pressure relationships and lifestyles. A nature girl’s overly bounteous offer is met with a young man’s sustainable restraint, and husbanding of her precious resources. In contrast the top executive of Dominion Resources makes a lucrative offer to exploit the land by mountaintop removal. A flood washes away the girl’s mother, but she is rescued. A decision is made, and resilience offers hope.
  • Martin Pippin and The Apple Orchard
    Adapted from the book by Eleanor Fargeon.The wandering minstrel Martin Pippin visits the orchard where brokenhearted Gillian has been locked in the mill-house to keep her from following her foolish heart, with six of her father’s milkmaids to guard her. Martin Pippin wins the confidence of the young women by penning a romance and enlisting the six young men who work the dairy farm to perform the play with him.
    Adapted from the book by Eleanor Fargeon.The wandering minstrel Martin Pippin visits the orchard where brokenhearted Gillian has been locked in the mill-house to keep her from following her foolish heart, with six of her father’s milkmaids to guard her. Martin Pippin wins the confidence of the young women by penning a romance and enlisting the six young men who work the dairy farm to perform the play with him.