Theater-by-the-Grove Opens Season with Premiere of “Actually”

Posted on 9/12/2019 10:36:27 AM

The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance at IUP will present the play Actually, written by Anna Ziegler. Directed by Rick Kemp, the production will run September 27, 28, October 2, 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and September 29 at 2:00 p.m. on the Waller Hall Mainstage on the IUP campus.

Amber and Tom, both freshmen at Princeton, spend a drunken night together. Soon after, they find themselves testifying at a sexual misconduct hearing. As the two students, one black and one white, tell their stories, we are left wondering how to find certainty and justice when there are three sides to every story. Investigating the hot-button topics of gender and race politics, Actually tells a story about our crippling desire to fit in.

Poster for “Actually” by Anna Ziegler

Actually was first produced in 2017 and was nominated for six Ovation Awards. Los Angeles Weekly called it “…smart and penetrating…a top-notch narrative that travels beyond the hot-button issue of date rape it tackles. The characters…are as finely etched as in a good novel, and as satisfying.”

Theater-by-the-Grove, the producing company of IUP’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance is proud to be the first theater to present this play in the Pittsburgh area.

“Crafted with compassion, intelligence and insight … Ziegler writes dialogue that is equal parts humor and poignancy.” —TheaterMania

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium.

Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance.

  • Tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission; $12 for ages 60+, military, and I-Card; and $10 for students 18 and under.
  • Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays.

For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email

Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.