A black woman takes pictures of her artist boyfriend’s mom. As they jockey for a claim to him, they try to redefine themselves in the wake of his legacy. REALLY is a play about grief, intimacy, and the difference between goodness and greatness seen through the lens of photography.

Written by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Richard Maxwell

Girlfriend: Kaneza Schaal
Mother: Elaine Davis
Boyfriend: Tavish Miller

Set and Lights: Michael Schmelling
Costumes: Linda Mancini
Producer: Regina Vorria
Technical Director: Dirk Stevens

Production History

Abrons Arts Center, New York 2016


Jackie Sibblies Drury Explores the Role of Art in ‘Really’, American Theatre Magazine, 2016
Review: ‘Really’ Compares the Fixed Image With Life’s Flux, The New York Times, 2016
Really: Theater review by David Cote, Time Out New York, 2016
Camera Obscura: Jackie Sibblies Drury’s ‘Really’, Hyperallergic, 2016
'Really' Meditates on History’s Forgotten Subjects, The Village Voice, 2016
Ryan Hudak on Really as presented by New York City Players at Abrons Arts Center, New York Theatre Review, 2016
Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Really by Ratik Asokan, BOMB Magazine, 2016


A New York City Players production. Developed at the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, The LARK Play Development Center, New York Theater Workshop, the Van Lier Residency at New Dramatists, and The Sundance Institute Theater Lab.

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Production design support provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York). Made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.