THE MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB PRESENTS 'ACTUALLY'
Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere of Actually, the new play by Anna Ziegler (The Last Match, Photograph 51), directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Pipeline) and presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director, began performances yesterday – Tuesday, October 31 – at The Studio at Stage II – The Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series. Opening night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14.
Joshua Boone (Holler If Ya Hear Me, Mother Courage & Her Children at CSC, Fan Girl) and Alexandra Socha (Amazon’s “Red Oaks”, Fun Home, Spring Awakening) will reprise their roles from the play’s acclaimed Williamstown production this past summer.
At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom (Joshua Boone) and Amber (Alexandra Socha) connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this hit production direct from Williamstown Theatre Festival explores the intersection of gender and race on campus today, offering “a portrait of a generation” (The Boston Globe). This deeply felt, funny and thought-provoking play comes from fast-rising playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) and is directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Pipeline).
The co-world premiere of Actually was produced by Geffen Playhouse and Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2017.
The creative team for Actually is Adam Rigg (scenic design), Paloma Young (costume design), Yi Zhao (lighting design), and Jane Shaw (sound design).
Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Prince of Broadway; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
The Studio at Stage II is Manhattan Theatre Club’s initiative at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street). The initiative launched in 2012 with the sold out, critically acclaimed world premiere of Murder Ballad, the rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash and has continued with the critically acclaimed premieres of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly, The Lion by Benjamin Scheuer, By The Water by Sharyn Rothstein, Heisenberg by Simon Stephens, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century by Nick Jones, The Ruins of Civilization by Penelope Skinner, and Sell/Buy/Date by Sarah Jones.
The Studio at Stage II has been partially underwritten with a major grant from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
Tickets for Actually can be purchased online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). New and renewing subscribers can join MTC’s 2017-2018 season by calling The MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. For more information, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.
In order to ensure that tickets to Actually are affordable to the widest and most diverse audiences possible, MTC will price all tickets during the show’s initial five-week run at $30.
· TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12: Tuesday-Sunday at 7:30PM; Matinee on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30PM.
· TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19(WEEK OF OPENING): Tuesday at 7:30PM (opening night); Wednesday- Sunday at 7:30PM; Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30PM.
· MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30PM.
· TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3: Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30PM; Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30PM.