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Written by Anna Ziegler

Directed by Sydney Fitzgerald

Actually contains adult content meant for mature audiences.

The show discusses the details of a sexual assault and may be triggering for some individuals.

Actually is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Co-world premiere of Actually was produced by Geffen Playhouse and Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2017.  Originally produced in NewYork City by The Manhattan Theatre Club(Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Director) on October 31, 2017. This work was developed/written in part at the Sallie B. Goodman Retreat at McCarter Theatre Center.

Creative Team

Sydney Fitzgerald DIRECTOR

Craig Tyrl ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/SOUND DESIGNER

Mauri Smith INTERIM MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jade Haney STAGE MANAGER

Tony Fitzgerald DRAMATURG

Camille Roberts LIGHTING DESIGNER

Avery Tang SCENIC DESIGNER

Andrea Decker IDEA REP

Cast

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Joy Bennett

Amber

Joy is an Orange County native and is thrilled to bring this story to her community! She recently graduated from California Baptist University where she studied theatre. Some of her work there includes Silent Sky, She Stoops to Conquer, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Babette’s Feast, and Pride and Prejudice.

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Julian Smith

Tom

Julian Smith is a Los Angeles based actor, writer and singer. He is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida and has developed his résumé working in film, television, community, regional and educational theatre around the Orlando area. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, he moved to Los Angeles to make an impact in the entertainment industry. When Julian is not performing, he is a resident teaching artist in the Los Angeles area, where he shares his knowledge, experience, and passion for theatre with children.

Dramaturg's Note

by Tony Fitzgerald

TITLE IX & ACTUALLY

Title IX is a federal civil rights law administered through the United States Department of Education. The law outlines the federal policy for adjudicating accusations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct on federally funded educational campuses. The

program was begun in 1972 during the Nixon Administration as a legal means to safeguard an individual accusing another individual of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct and their right to due process as the allegations are examined and investigated by a panel selected by the educational institution. The policy has been amended by subsequent administrations. The Obama administration established the standard of proof as a “preponderance of evidence plus a feather” as is appropriate in civil cases. However, the succeeding Trump administration altered this policy allowing schools the leeway to decide the standard of proof they deemed appropriate in adjudicating these matters. Consequently, the burden of proof may now be weighted on the side of the accuser. It is this shift in policy which outraged and inspired playwright Anna Ziegler to write, Actually.

 

 

Drinking at college has become a ritual that students often see as an integral part of their higher education experience. Some students come to college with established drinking habits, and the college environment can lead to a problem. According to a national survey, almost 53 percent of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drank alcohol in the past month and about 33 percent engaged in binge drinking during that same time frame. For the purposes of this survey, binge drinking was defined as consuming 5 drinks or more on one occasion for males and 4 drinks or more for females. However, some college students drink at least twice that amount, a behavior that is often called high-intensity drinking.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ON COLLEGE DRINKING

1972 - Title IX, an update to civil rights law that extends an existing ban on sex discrimination to education, is signed into law by President Richard Nixon.

1980 - The first use of Title IX in a sexual misconduct case, Alexander v. Yale establishes the precedent that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and therefore illegal. That paved the way for future lawsuits like the 2016 case against USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

1984 - In a major setback for Title IX, the Supreme Court rules in Grove City College v. Bell that the law only applies at schools that receive direct federal funding. This excludes most athletic programs, so newly formed women’s teams see huge cuts. The

decision is reversed in 1988.

1992 - The Supreme Court rules that plaintiffs may sue for monetary damages under Title IX in Franklin v. Gwinnett County Public Schools. The first monetary

award is granted a year later to Howard basketball coach Sanya Tyler for $2.4 million (later reduced to ($1.1 million).

2002 - Title IX is renamed the “Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act,” in honor of its major author.

2016 - Citing Title IX, the Obama administration says transgender students at public schools should be allowed to use the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity. (The Trump

Administration would rescind the policy).

2017 - The Trump Administration alters and complicates the adjudication guidelines for Title IX, allowing schools to deem what standard of proof was appropriate in adjudication.

2020 - New Title IX amendments take effect, largely regarding sexual harassment.

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