Julie Mitre returns to the 2nd Act stage in Moving Boxes

Julie Mitre will be making her third appearance on the 2nd Act Players stage in the past two years when she portrays Faye in Moving Boxes this Nov. 4-19. She debuted with us last November as Mrs. O'Malley in The Institute, coming of age during the Vietnam War and then followed that up with her ...

Come see Manny Schenk in “Moving Boxes”

Manny Schenk portrays Jim in Moving Boxes, the world premiere play that 2nd Act Players' will be producing Nov. 4-19. Manny has been acting since 1979 and currently is the treasurer of the James Downing Theater in Chicago's Edison Park neighbor where he has acted extensively as well. His Moving Boxes' character Jim is a ...

Come to the 2017 Girl on Fire Women’s Expo, stop by our table

An exciting event is only a week away here in our home town of Evanston and the 2nd Act Players is thrilled to be a part of it. It's the 2017 Girl on Fire Women's Expo. The theme of this year's event is Living an Impactful Life. Given recent headlines, what better time for women ...

Ryan Hall talks about his acting career

  Ryan Hall will portray Frankie in Moving Boxes, the world premiere play being presented by the 2nd Act Players Nov. 4-19. Frankie is trying to reconnect with his mother, Faye, after many years of living apart. Frankie left home to attend college, and to find himself outside his mother's shadow. But now, shortly after ...

Introducing Hannah Goodman on the 2nd Act stage

Hannah Goodman, an Evanston High School junior who has studied acting at Evanston’s Piven Theatre Workshop and acted at Evanston’s Mudlark Theater, will be featured in the 2nd Act Players’ world premiere of the new two-act play Moving Boxes which will run from Nov. 4-19. Hannah plays Julia, a granddaughter who reconnects with the grandmother ...

Is this John’s Final Play?

2nd Act Players' Cofounder John N. Frank has been a prolific playwright since penning his first work, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House, in 2013. But the play he's written this year with his daughter Jenny Frank, Moving Boxes, may be the last he creates for the foreseeable future. "Health issues have been slowing me ...

“Moving Boxes” opens Saturday Nov. 4

Anyone who has cared for an aging parent, anyone who has come to know a grandparent late in their lives, or anyone who has struggled to find the meaning of family in their own daily troubles and trials, will relate to this play and want to see it.

Favorites selected for 2017 New Playwrights’ Showcase

The Lady in the Woods has been named the Judges' Favorite while The Queen of Social Media was the run-away Fan Favorite for the 2nd Act Players' 2017 New Playwrights' Showcase staged Sept. 23-24. The Queen of Social Media by Lawrence Keller looked at the online obsession of a new mother who opens a Facebook ...

14 Reasons to come to our show Saturday at 7, Sunday at 3

The 2nd Act Players' New Playwright Showcase is this weekend and we have 14 amazing reasons for you to buy tickets and come see it -- plays from seven amazing playwrights and a cast of seven awesome actors to perform them. I was at a rehearsals Thursday night and was blown away by how quickly ...

Top 5 Reasons to come see our New Playwrights Showcase Sept. 23-24

Haven't bought your tickets for our 2017 New Playwrights' Showcase yet? OMG what are you waiting for? Maybe the top 5 reasons to come? So here they are: Seven, count them, seven playwrights for the price of one. Each show features short plays from seven playwrights you may have never heard before. That's exciting theater. ...

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