Actually

Written by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Featuring Jerry MacKinnon & Samantha Ressler
Co-World Premiere with Williamstown Theatre Festival

Two people meet at a party, they drink, the boundaries become blurred. The issue of consent is a central theme in this play and how the issue evolves depends largely on what each character’s experience has been. Does handsomeness bring privilege? Does a strong support system determine privilege? Gender dynamics, race, societal perceptions, measures of success all come into question and the conversation will have a lifetime effect not only on the characters but the audience as well.

Memories play tricks and recall can change. For Tom and Amber, there is dissonance in their story but not in the concrete activity. In this podcast, Aubrey Hicks, LaVonna Lewis, Oliver Mayer, and John Sonego discuss the themes and how familial background/experiences can modify a truth.

“We are all vulnerable as a victim or perpetrator. Students need to hear real voices for true transparency; otherwise, Title 9 is all about compliance and management.” (L. Lewis)

To listen to the Policy at the Playhouse discussion of Actually click the arrow in the Soundcloud player at the top of this post. Or download and subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, or Google Play.

Links and related reading/listening …

In the discussion, several outside references were made. The links below will provide explanation.

Kierkegaard  http://www.iep.utm.edu/kierkega/

Hubert Humbert  https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/oct/29/baddies-in-books-humbert-humbert-lolita

Title 9  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html

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Special thanks to Dean Jack Knott, USC Price and Dean David Bridel, USC School of Dramatic Arts for their support of this interdisciplinary conversation. 

This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden.