Call Redialed: NEW Allie Trimm Interview: "Not Even The Good Things"
Not Even The Good Things deals with a group of six 20-something-year-old friends who gather in a mountain cabin to enjoy a well-deserved vacation. It’s just that they can’t seem to enjoy anything, really. What is supposed to be a fun and carefree evening evolves into a drunken circus of attempted infidelity, nonsense, and weird religion. This all takes place under the watchful gaze of a young girl who only shows herself to one person, while he steadily and hilariously loses his grip on reality in the company of his oblivious friends. The nature of shame, sexuality, loyalty, intoxication, privilege and faith are all explored in this achingly funny new play.
Not Even The Good Things will play at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) from July 10-27. Click here for tickets!
1. On the heels of Enter Laughing ending, you are now appearing in the new Off-Broadway dark-comedy Not Even The Good Things. What made you want to be part of this show? This play is a departure from most projects I’ve worked on recently, in that it is neither a musical nor a (light) comedy!
The themes and nuances in this piece are rooted in reality and Joseph Scott Ford’s writing in this script immediately captivated me. He has created such multifaceted and familiar characters and I was excited to find a lot of myself in the role of “Jackie.”
2. What do you relate to most about “Jackie”? I think that “Jackie” and I both tend to lead with warmth and agreeableness until faced with a direct conflict. “Jackie” has this recognizable fiery strength that is always just under the surface but her tendency to see the best in the people she loves doesn’t leave her with much need to flex these flames.
3. What is one characteristic of hers that you are glad you yourself do not possess? “Jackie “struggles with pretty severe anxiety and although I have struggled with anxiety in the past, I am grateful that it no longer manifests as debilitating attacks the way it does for “Jackie.”
4. Not Even The Good Things is about a millennial getaway that falls apart in the presence of a ghost. When has there been a time in your life when you went on vacation and what was supposed to be fun & relaxing, turned into a disaster trip? I recall being pretty young and on a family vacation to Hawaii where my younger brother, sister and I all got the stomach flu on the airplane ride. Mom was the last to get it and she had it the first half of the trip! Not quite as disastrous as coming to a haunted air bnb, though.
5. Have you ever experienced a ghost in real life? If so, what can you tell us about that experience? I’m not sure I’ve ever come in contact with a ghost but I do believe it could happen! I’m an avid fan of Ghost Adventures, and sometimes if I binge too many episodes at a time I become convinced that whatever room I am in is DEFINITELY haunted and I whip out the voice memo app on my phone to see if I can get any EVP’s (or electronic voice phenomenons - thanks Ghost Adventures!) Hasn’t happened yet but ya never know.
6. The play centers on the topics of shame, sexuality, loyalty, intoxication, privilege and faith. What is something you have done that now you are not so proud of? I think we all have done things in our lives that we may look back on with some shame or guilt. My audition scene for this piece was “Jackie” explaining her own way of dealing with this exact thing. She says that if her self-love affirmations don’t work, she essentially flees the scene in order to find peace and beauty somewhere else.
I think a few years ago in my life I had a similar approach. If I couldn’t convince myself that whatever it was that I was feeling ashamed about was indeed actually not my fault or not bad in the first place, I would really struggle to let it go. I’m now learning to accept the not so pretty parts of my life and take ownership of them.
I’ll eat the extra cookies or have a few too many drinks at the open bar and know that if I make peace with these things and learn from them, the shame loses its power over me. It’s almost like using the feeling of shame as a tool to recognize when I’m straying too far from my conscience rather than letting the feeling of shame entirely take over my thoughts and moods. I still have a lot to figure out, and this play has been a fascinating lens to look through for me. And honestly, I will probably always eat the extra cookies - no shame there.
7. When has your faith been challenged? The vocabulary I’ve used to describe my faith has changed a lot over the years but I’ve always had a pretty deep sense that we are all connected and part of something bigger than ourselves. That core belief has held true for me even in my loneliest and most fearful moments.
8. Not Even The Good Things is a dark comedy. What do you like most about performing in a dark comedy as opposed to a light-hearted comedic show like Enter Laughing? I love coming to work knowing that I get to sing and dance and be silly and goofy onstage with my cast for two hours but there is something so incredibly rewarding about coming to work and being able to embrace everyone’s shadows and find ways to bring the sides of ourselves that we normally want to keep locked away out into the spotlight. It can be healing and cathartic. Also as an audience member, I enjoy watching people be real and vulnerable so I’m excited to be working on a play that highlights the messiness and duality in life.
9. Who or what inspired you to become an actress? My parents say that I was such a loud child they put me in community theater just to get some peace and quiet, and jokes on them because then they had to drive me to rehearsals for the rest of my childhood life.
I always looked up to the big kids from my school playing the leads in Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon a Mattress, Into The Woods, etc. I wanted to be just like them! I also fell in love with Wicked (obviously) and Kendra Kassebaum and Stephanie J. Block both made such strong impressions on me as being incredibly talented, generous and friendly. When I saw Wicked on tour the second time, I waited at the stage door for hours after everyone left (again, my poor parents) and when Kendra Kassebaum found out, she came to take my friend and I backstage to Glinda-fy us. Seeing behind the scenes of that show and meeting Glinda herself definitely played a part in wanting to give that same magic back someday. Probably a different type of magic in Not Even The Good Things, but still!
10. Rapid Fire Questions:
Favorite kind of cupcake? Funfetti!
Favorite color M&M? Red!
Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Smooth!
Favorite go to Emoji when texting? 😍
More on Allie:
Allie Trimm is a San Diego native and Broadway veteran. She began acting professionally at the age of nine and hasn't stopped since!
You may know her from her critically acclaimed Broadway debut as the lovable “Patrice” in 13 The Musical by Tony-Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown. Following that, she was cast in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie as Kim MacAfee alongside John Stamos and Gina Gershon.
She has appeared on various TV shows and films including 30 Rock, Private Practice, Renee Zellweger's pilot Cinnamon Girl and Disney's PROM.
Allie has performed solo concerts in San Diego and New York City, and has performed in numerous concerts nationwide.
She took a break from acting to pursue a dual degree in Psychology and Human Biology at Stanford University, but now resides again in NYC.