By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
“When you’re a private investigator your secret wish is to be a secret agent” explains former Private Investigator, Sandi Carroll.
Carroll’s soloshow, Mission Implausible! premiered last month at the Theater Project Baltimore and The Baltimore Sun called her fictitious alter ego, Agent Karen, “a cosmic force.”
The force of her performance may have something to do with real life experiences going under cover as a private investigator in the late 90s and early 00s. Carroll lived in New York at the time and worked for a based private investigative firm that hired actors and actresses to sniff out fake designer handbag suppliers in Chinatown. Her regular visits to counterfeit designer handbag and wrist watch distributors required her to disguise her appearance with various wigs and costumes.
The top secret agent Carroll currently plays also performs covert espionage, however, with a very different agenda.
“I’m interacting with people involved in the real world. Looking at people doing positive action for change in their communities and saving the environment in one way of the other. Then I’ll also approach strangers and ask them what they’ve done to save the world today. And try to find people to talk about how they’re --quote unquote-- heroic.
You can watch a retelling of her Chinatown spy stories for a live audience at The Moth, here.
“You see your audience not knowing that you are acting” she recalls of her time as a real life under cover agent. “Now (as a performer) obviously, my audience knows I’m acting.“
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