Sacha Baron Cohen

Actress and 'secret agent' on an implausible mission

Actress and 'secret agent' on an implausible mission

Just when you thought there was no real hope for this planet, along comes Secret Agent Karen, determined to save the world. She just needs a little help from you. Yes, she means you. All she asks of you is a dash of heroism — in Karen's view, anyone can be a hero — and an unrestrained sense of fun.

Welcome to the playful mind of actor, teacher, director and producer Sandi Carroll, who moved to Baltimore last year from New York. She created her alter ego, Karen, in 2007 while taking a clown class. If you just cringed at that thought, Carroll has a message for you.

"I'm on a mission to rehabilitate the word 'clown,'" says Carroll, who will perform as Secret Agent Karen...