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

GO! “Smart and penetrating. A top-notch narrative that travels beyond the hot-button issue of date rape it tackles.” – LA Weekly
“Gripping... a beautifully acted character study destined to trigger discussion.” – Los Angeles Times
“Richly layered... it is not to be missed.” – Theatermania
“The nakedness with which Samantha Ressler tackles a couple of Amber's more revelatory moments are enough to bring you to tears.” – Theatermania
“Jerry MacKinnon peels away layers, exposes his character's wounds, and hooks us.” – Theatermania
“Anna Ziegler's compelling new two-hander features strong performances and nuanced writing.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Jerry MacKinnon and Samantha Ressler give undeniably electrifying performances!” –

“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.

Major support for this world premiere production provided by
the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund

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.




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 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.

Now At The Geffen

Upcoming Shows & Events

. September 2019
October 2019
November 2019

Performance Info

90 minutes, no intermission.

This production includes mature themes. Not recommended for audiences under the age of 15.

There is no late seating and no re-entry while the performance is in progress.