Crushing on Madison: Meet Allison Linker
Meet Allison Linker, who’s been with Interstate from the very start of its development. She plays several ensemble roles, including Madison, the popular girl in school that Henry has a crush on. She shared why Interstate is meaningful to her.
WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO INTERSTATE?
Working on Interstate brings me so much joy. The music is beautifully composed and a delight to sing. The spoken word sections are incredibly moving. The book and lyrics are funny, heartfelt, political, and often times unsettling and uncomfortable in the best possible way. I hope that Interstate sparks change and helps facilitate valuable and necessary conversations about race, gender, and the many other important themes addressed in our story.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT INTERSTATE?
Can I say everything? Truly, the greatest thing for me about working on this musical has always been the phenomenal group of open, caring, and wonderfully supportive people in the cast, crew, and creative team. We’re like a big, fun family. We share our stories with each other, we laugh A LOT, and thanks to Kit, we always eat dim sum together on Sunday mornings!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN INTERSTATE?
I love playing Madison, the girl that Henry has a crush on at school. Madison does not condone bullying, resists peer pressure, and goes out of her way to support Henry even though they don’t know each other well. As Madison I also have one of the few opportunities in the script to interact directly with Sushma Saha, the actor who plays Henry and I am loving every minute of it!
Follow Allison on her website (allisonlinker.com).