May 2 - June 11, 2017
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
Written by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Featuring Jerry MacKinnon & Samantha Ressler
Co-World Premiere with Williamstown Theatre Festival
“Every single thing leads to everything else…” Amber and Tom, finding their way as freshmen at Princeton, spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but consent is foggy, and if unspoken, can it be called consent? A playwright The New York Times calls “newly (and justly) hot,” Anna Ziegler investigates gender and race politics, our crippling desire to fit in and the three sides to every story.
A grant from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation is providing support for this production of Actually as well as increased opportunities for high school and college students to experience it and to take action on the issues it presents.
Raising the Curtain on Actually — Saturday, May 6
Moderator John Horn is joined by members of the Actually creative team and leading experts to discuss the complexities of sexual consent and assault.
Free to attend, click for more information.
Meet The Artists
ANNA ZIEGLER (Playwright)
Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51, produced on the West End starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Michael Grandage, won London’s 2016 WhatsOnStage award for Best New Play. It has been produced around the country and the world, most recently in Hamburg, Rome and Stockholm. Her play Boy, which premiered Off-Broadway in a Keen Company/Ensemble Studio Theatre co-production, was nominated for the 2016 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award and will be produced at TimeLine Theatre in Chicago next season. The Last Match premiered at The Old Globe and was nominated for the 2016 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Outstanding New Play award; it will be produced at Roundabout Theatre Company this fall. Following the Geffen Playhouse production, Actually will be produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Manhattan Theatre Club. The Wanderers, commissioned by The Old Globe, will premiere there in 2018. Ziegler is writing a television pilot for AMC/Sundance and a screenplay for Scott Free Productions. Oberon Books has published a collection of her work entitled Anna Ziegler: Plays One. Her other plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. She holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
TYNE RAFAELI (Director)
Tyne Rafaeli was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Columbia University. She has directed classics, new plays and musicals in London and the U.S. Her work has been seen at Classic Stage Company, the Atlantic Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Two River Theater, New York Stage & Film, The Playwrights Realm, PlayMaker’s Rep, Goodspeed, Julliard, Great Lakes Theater, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Playwrights Conference and PlayPenn, among others. Rafaeli is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater and was awarded the 2013-2014 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction. She has served as Associate Director on the Broadway productions of The King & I, Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County and Golden Boy; and the West End’s Women on the Verge; and directed the first U.S. national tour of The Bridges of Madison County. Upcoming projects include Measure for Measure at the California Shakespeare Theater.