Raising the Curtain on Actually: A Conversation at the Geffen Playhouse

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

Moderated by John Horn, Host of KPCC’s “The Frame”

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. As provocative as it is timely, Actually explores the complexities of sexual consent and assault.

These themes take center stage for Raising the Curtain on Actually, a conversation with artists and subject matter experts moderated by John Horn (KPCC’s The Frame) on Saturday, May 6 in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.

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.

Saturday, May 6 at 5:30pm
Please book your free ticket to attend this public event.



Meet The Artists

JOHN HORN (Series Moderator)
Series moderator John Horn has been covering arts and entertainment in Southern California for nearly 30 years. Prior to joining KPCC, he covered the film industry at the Los Angeles Times for more than a decade. Before joining The Times, Horn was a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a senior editor for Premiere magazine, an entertainment reporter for The Associated Press, covered the television industry for the Orange County Register and was a regular contributor to KCRW’s The Business. He has served on the board of directors of The National Arts Journalism program, where he was a fellow in the mid-1990s. John recently became host of the Geffen Playhouse podcast, Unscripted.

ANNA ZIEGLER (Playwright, Actually)
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, Actually)
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.

SIOBHAN McCARTHY (Student Activist) Siobhan is a third year student at UCLA, studying Microbiology and Neuroscience. She joined the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program last year, and has since been working with her three fellow coordinators to grow the program and to make conversations about sexual assault and other types of violence more fluid and open on campus. The VIP program focuses on creating an informed environment for all those within the Greek community about the resources available to them.

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