“Actually,” Homecoming, and KCACTF

Posted on 10/1/2019 4:53:42 PM

Actually… um.…  This might be the best play you could see this Homecoming weekend. Representatives of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival responded to IUP’s production of the play Actually by Anna Ziegler on Sunday, September 29, and will recommend it for the Regional Festival in January 2020.

Stage manager Sam Benson with actors Adrian Williams and Miranda Schuck at the KCACTF talk-back

Stage manager Sam Benson with actors Adrian Williams and Miranda Schuck at the KCACTF talk-back.

IUP student actors Adrian Williams and Miranda Schuck play Tom and Amber, two first-year students at Princeton who, at a raucous party, connect in ways that seem innocent enough, but as things progress they find themselves in the murky territory of sexual consent, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. 

Actually will be performed October 2–5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Waller Main Theatre in the IUP Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door, and in advance.

The KCACTF respondents coincidentally have been Title IX investigators at their universities, and agree with IUP’s Director of Social Equity Elise Glenn, and with Tedd Cogar, who sits on the Student Conduct Board at IUP, that Actually accurately portrays a case of sexual misconduct that is overwhelmingly common on campus.

Director Rick Kemp with KCACTF respondents Becky Prophet and Becky Meisenheimer.

Director Rick Kemp with KCACTF respondents Becky Prophet and Becky Meisenheimer.

As Ziegler puts it, “It looks at how difficult it can be to determine what happened in a bed between two real people capable of all that humans are capable of—obfuscating, deceiving themselves, not understanding, not wanting to be impolite or to embarrass themselves, of letting need or insecurity take precedence over empathy. It asks that you consider whether ‘good’ people can make bad mistakes—or worse.”

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