PHOTOGRAPH 51 STARRING NICOLE KIDMAN AND DIRECTED BY MICHAEL GRANDAGE IS NOW PLAYING THE WEST END!! Received 4* reviews in The Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, The London Times, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, The Stage
A DELICATE SHIP ran August 18-September 12, 2015 at The Playwrights Realm
at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in NYC. Margot Bordelon directed a phenomenal cast: Nick Westrate, Miriam Silverman and Matt Dellapina.
The Last Match will also play City Theatre in the coming season; Boy will be co-produced by Keen Company and Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Another Way Home will run at Theater J.
THE LAST MATCH played The Old Globe's New Voices Festival, December 13, 2014.
Rough Cut readings of BOY in Ensemble Studio Theatre's First Light Festival, December 10 and 11, 2014.
A DELICATE SHIP, termed "a home run" by Cincinnati's CityBeat, ran at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park March 22-April 20, 2014.
ANOTHER WAY HOME, produced at the Magic Theatre in October-November 2012, was the recipient of a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.
PHOTOGRAPH 51 played Seattle Rep as part of its 50th Anniversary Season! It sold out and extended. Click here for a video excerpt/promo. And here for a taste of what audience members felt about the play.
THE MINOTAUR ran in Washington DC from January 18-February 17, 2013 at Rorschach Theatre in a joint world premiere with Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta (where it ran in Oct-Nov 2012).
Anna has been awarded a Manhattan Theatre Club / Sloan commission to write a new play about the ethics of gender reassignment. Read the announcement.
Anna’s play AN INCIDENT (now titled ANOTHER WAY HOME) was selected for inclusion in summer 2011’s O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference.
"New York Times Critic's Pick! [A Delicate Ship is] a lovely drama by the newly (and justly) hot playwright, Anna Ziegler...[Her] dialogue bristles with smart, eloquent talk...Ms. Ziegler’s quietly lyrical language has a luminous beauty, and her talent for creating characters whose complicated depths are just visible on their surfaces is still more remarkable." -- NY Times (Isherwood)
"Ms. Kidman has seldom been better cast than as this intimidating figure [in Ziegler's Photograph 51]...pretty close to perfection." -- NY Times (Brantley)
"TimeOut Critic's Pick! Ziegler (who makes origami of time)...digs beneath the laughs, of which there are plenty, to plumb the pain that lurks below." -- TimeOut
"A Delicate Ship is a gorgeously sweet and sad three character drama" -- Theatermania
"For Mad Cow Theatre, director Denise Gillman brilliantly captures the humor in Ziegler's [Photograph 51], as well as the nuances — the idea of fate, of missed opportunity, of the unforeseen consequences of our actions — all the while building tension as the scientists race toward that eureka moment. Even if you paid attention in high school and know the outcome, this real-life tale enthralls." -- Orlando Sentinel
“The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park hit a home run with its world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship…Her script is artfully written…The [love] triangle shifts and shimmers, and you never quite know where it’s headed. The outcome is a surprise, yet perfectly obvious if you’ve paid attention...I predict that A Delicate Ship will in time find its way to many other theaters. Bravo to the Playhouse for bringing yet another excellent new play and writer to Cincinnati audiences — first.” -- Rick Pender, CityBeat
“[A Delicate Ship] is rewarding…Intellectually invigorating…Truly a play of the modern age.” -- Cincinnati Enquirer
"[A Delicate Ship] is a thought-provoking drama that is humorous at times, sad, and driven to the edge and back with pure emotion."
“An illuminating kind of theatrical X-ray… In Ziegler’s taut yet graceful script, a fine choice by [Seattle] Rep, Franklin’s passion for science also shines through, as does the agility of her inquiring mind…'Photograph 51' neatly coils a scientific detective story around a rumination on how sexism, personality and morality can impact collaboration and creativity…It honors Franklin by painting her as a complete person, with flaws and sterling attributes, and by evoking the thrills and risks of scientific pursuit itself.” -- The Seattle Times
"[Photograph 51] masterfully opens up the events leading up to the discovery of the structure of DNA—a fascinating and important story that explores the risk of giving up everything for career, and the complicated process of opening the heart." -- CityArts (Seattle)
"[The Minotaur] is a terrific, complex world premiere play...Absorbing and inventive work." -- The Washingtonian
"[The Minotaur] comes at you with an intelligent mix of classicism and whimsy." -- The Washington Post
“The Minotaur achieves the rare trifecta of being touching, intelligent, and enjoyable. Anna Ziegler’s play deserves to be seen” -- DC Theatre Scene
“This riveting new work is simply impressive beyond compare” -- DC Metro Theatre Arts
"[Ziegler] captures this family, its beauty and its torment so delicately that the well-worn themes of midlife crisis and adolescent angst feel hauntingly true…[Another Way Home] is an insightful memory play that wins us over with its freshness and wit, only to reveal unexpected depths...Astute." -- San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group
"Critic's Pick! What playwright Anna Ziegler has achieved in her intriguing portrait of the British scientist Rosalind Franklin is a remarkable balance of scientific subject matter and theatrical storytelling…in a play that glows with intelligence and humanity…Compelling theater!" -- Backstage
"Among the many virtues of Anna Ziegler's...satisfying "Photograph 51" is the refusal to soften the woman at its center, the British scientist Rosalind Franklin, by making her anything other than formidably, even self-sabotagingly, intelligent...[The play] offers multiple insights into the sad and honorable secrets of one particular life." -- The New York Times
"Bracingly intelligent" -- The Boston Globe
"A powerful new play...Ziegler has produced a witty and poignant account of the controversy surrounding DNA's discovery." -- Nature
“Editor’s Pick!…[A] smartly crafted history play…The reflections that gradually color [Photograph 51] deal with the eternal human mystery of why people act as they do — the very stuff of drama, of course.” -- The Washington Post
“An electric journey of suspense…Compelling drama [with an] emotional wallop. Who knew biophysics could have you on the edge of your seat?” -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A real discovery...A taut, terrific play...As in the best of historical fiction, it turns figures of the past into complex, multidimensional characters and shows how much the course of events was shaped by their intersecting personalities...Watson's book about this discovery has been hailed as one of the 20th century's great works of nonfiction, demonstrating that really good writing can make a seemingly dry subject gripping. Ziegler has done the same with "Photograph 51," and this production shows what beauty can be found when outstanding writing and acting intertwine like strands of DNA." -- The Pioneer Press