Anna Ziegler’s ACTUALLY Comes to Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre


Promotional photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Play encourages audiences to examine complicated truths

CINCINNATI – Award-winning American playwright Anna Ziegler’s characters will come to life in the thought-provoking production of ACTUALLY in the Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre from March 21 through April 26, with opening night on March 26. This provocative new play finds its finger on the pulse of a generation that’s grappling with the deep complexities of gender, race and consent and will inspire audiences to discuss these themes for days to come.

ACTUALLY follows two freshman students at Princeton University, Amber and Tom, who party heavily to cope with mounting pressures until one shared evening of flirting and drinking ends in a sexual encounter that may or may not have been consensual. Before either can fully grasp what actually happened, they’re swept up in the nerve-rattling university judicial process that changes the course of both their lives.

Ziegler calls the backdrop of ACTUALLY “hugely important” yet also “beside the point.” She writes in an author’s note, “The play, to me, not only holds up a mirror to a certain moment in time… but also hopefully speaks to a larger and more timeless question about who we are as men and as women and what forces drive our actions.”

ACTUALLY is directed by Cincinnati-based theatre director Bridget Leak, who has worked frequently with local theatres to stage productions that address the subject of sexual violence. The production also features Tyler Fauntleroy as Tom and Remy Zaken as Amber, both of whom are making their debut at the Playhouse.

“As a play about an allegation, Ziegler is not asking us who is right and who is wrong, but how both can be both right and wrong,” says Leak. “It is a huge challenge to delicately find that balance and to constantly shift the power between these two actors. I want the audience to really grapple with who they sympathize with. I want them to reflect on their own biases and maybe shift their empathy. I think this 90-minute piece could inspire hours of conversation.”

For more information on ACTUALLY, visit

Tyler Fauntleroy (Tom); Remy Zaken (Amber)

Anna Ziegler (Playwright); Bridget Leak (Director); Brian Sidney Bembridge (Set and Lighting Designer); Gordon DeVinney (Costume Designer); Kevin L. Alexander (Sound Designer); Stephanie Klapper, CSA (Casting Director); Andrea L. Shell (Stage Manager)

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, at 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Individual tickets start at just $35. Tickets to all performances are priced at just $10 for college students with a valid school ID. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances. Discounted ticket prices for teens are available for all productions and are $30 to $50, depending on show and seat location.

ADVISORY: ACTUALLY is suitable for adults and older teenage audiences. This timely drama about consent contains very strong adult language, depictions of college partying, themes of sex and sexuality, and in-depth discussions of sexual violence.


March 29 and April 5, at 2 p.m. | April 8 and April 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Stick around after the performances listed above for a special Q&A with cast and crew of ACTUALLY.

Honorary Producers are Barbara and Leon Meyer. The season is sponsored by Heidelberg Distributing Company. Season Sponsor of New Work is the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.

The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs, and complete wheelchair access are available.

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