IUP Production of “Actually” Chosen for Kennedy Center Regional Festival

Posted on 12/9/2019 6:05:00 PM

Theater by the Grove’s production of Actually has been selected for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival on January 16, 2020. Anna Ziegler’s play was performed on the IUP campus September 27 through October 5 and became a catalyst for challenging dialogues about sexual consent, gender, and race politics.

Actually - Tom and Amber dancing on the tableTheater majors Adrian Williams and Miranda Schuck perform the roles of Tom and Amber, who connect at a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that will affect the rest of their lives. 

Each of them will compete in the Irene Ryan scholarship competition at KCACTF.  Student costume designer Cat Hebner and student stage manager Sam Benson will present their contributions in the Design/Technology/Management Exposition.

Seven festival productions are chosen from among 25 that have been recommended by KCACTF respondents and, from those, seven are selected to represent the “best of the best” in the region. This year 60 schools participated in the eight state region that includes southern New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Actually was directed by professor Rick Kemp and produced by professors Brian Jones, Nancy Pipkin-Hutchinson, Ethan Hollinger, and Carrie J. Cole.

Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance