Anna Ziegler

Actually

ACTUALLY at The Geffen Playhouse
Photo by Chris Whitaker
ACTUALLY at The Geffen Playhouse
Photo by Chris Whitaker
ACTUALLY at The Geffen Playhouse
Photo by Chris Whitaker
ACTUALLY at The Geffen Playhouse
Photo by Chris Whitaker
ACTUALLY at The Williamstown Theatre Festival
Photo by Daniel Rader
ACTUALLY at The Williamstown Theatre Festival
Photo by Daniel Rader
ACTUALLY at The Williamstown Theatre Festival
Photo by Daniel Rader
“Gripping. Beautifully rendered and complex. Destined to trigger discussion.”

– The Los Angeles Times

plot synopsis

“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? With lyricism and wit, Actually investigates gender and race politics, our crippling desire to fit in, and the three sides to every story.

select productions

The Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, 2017 (Directed by Tyne Rafaeli)
The Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2017 (Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz)
The Manhattan Theatre Club, 2017 (Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz)

more press

“Wrenching.  Ziegler’s riveting new drama…creates a portrait of a generation…With consummate skill, the playwright assembles [an] intricate jigsaw puzzle.” – The Boston Globe

“…[A] taut, devastating play… a smart, profoundly painful exploration of [a] murky, treacherous sexual culture… Actually’s great strength, and its great heartbreak, is that it allows us to see both Amber and Tom so fully…Actually’s wit and its intelligence are part of what makes the complex darkness at its center hit so hard. There is brightness in this play, and in these people, and to see its sparks overwhelmed by such fearful and familiar shadows is shattering. In moments, it’s even revelatory.” New York Magazine

“****Psychologically complex…Ziegler’s meticulously detailed script is more than occasionally funny, despite its serious themes.” Time Out NY (Critic’s Pick)

“Thank goodness for Anna Ziegler, the brilliant playwright who has little regard for our need for facile solutions, and in Actually…delivers what could very well be the play of the season.” Talkin Broadway

“GO! Smart and penetrating…A top-notch narrative that travels beyond the hot-button issue of date rape it tackles. The characters…are as finely etched as in a good novel, and as satisfying.” – LA Weekly

“Richly layered…its characters crafted with compassion, intelligence and insight…Ziegler writes dialogue that is equal parts humor and poignancy…It is not to be missed.” – Theatermania

“A rich and disturbing case study…[Ziegler] wants us to feel what it’s like to live at that terrible crux. Actually is not, after all, a play about rape. It is a play about the failure of justice when it deals with unknowable midpoints instead of obvious extremes.” The New York Times

“Incisive and smartly observed.” The Hollywood Reporter

“[A] darkly comedic, compellingly dramatic look at sex, race, gender and booze…riveting throughout…Edgy, thought-and-laugh-provoking, and never less than absorbing, Actually is as button-pushing a play as you’re likely to see all year.” – StageSceneLA.com

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