The fashions of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House — Act II

Act II of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House takes place at the end of 1961, a time when fashion was changing thanks to the style influences of then First Lady Jackie Kennedy. 2nd Act Cofounder and costume designer Carolyn Calzavara sought to reflect that in her choices for women's dresses in Act II. Hear ...

The fashions of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House — Act I

New Year's Eve at Grandma's House spans two fashion decades, the 1950s and the 1960s, each very different and distinct in the looks it became remembered for. 2nd Act Players' Cofounder Carolyn Calzavara took on the monumental task of creating outfits for the women in New Year's Eve that would represent each of these decades. ...

Watch Liz Lauren talk about her character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Stella is an outsider to the clanish Smaldone family who you'll meet in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House.She's not Italian, as the family is, so she has to constantly fight to be taken seriously as the wife of the oldest son in the family, sonny. But she has plans to change her situation. Listen ...

Watch Melissa Reeves talk about her character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Del is the oldest sister in the Smaldone family, who you'll meet in the 2nd Act Players' production of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. There's a lot of pressure on her to live up to her parents' expectations. Life has not worked out as she hoped. Hear Melissa Reeves talk about her character, Del: ...

Watch Phil Troyk talk about his character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Phil Troyk plays Sonny in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Sonny is momma's oldest son, a big, blustery man who revels in telling of his glory days as an amateur boxer. Sonny wants to be accepted as American despite his Italian roots. But the price he will have to pay for that may be ...

Hear about the costumes for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

The costumes for the 2nd Act Players' fall premiere of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House are the most elaborate the theater has done in its five years in existence. 2nd Act Players' Cofounder Carolyn Calzavara has made dresses for all the women in the Smaldone family who you'll meet in our story. The time ...

Vote to help end fear, panelists advise

American immigrants, even those  with green cards and those who have become naturalized citizens, today are living in fear for their own well-being and that of their families, said speakers at the 2nd Act Players' post-show panel on immigration Sunday, Nov. 4. What the rest of us need to do to end the nightmare they ...

Watch Julie Mitre discuss her character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Julie Mitre will be making her fourth appearance on the 2nd Act Players' stage this November in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House, playing the matriarch of a large Italian-American family in 1960 and 1961. Hear Julie discuss her character here, then click here to buy your tickets to see her, Saturday nights at 7 ...

Hear about New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House on WFMT

The 2nd Act Players, in its ongoing efforts to reach a wider audience with its dynamic new works for the stage, this season is advertising on Chicago classical station WFMT, in addition to running ads in the Pioneer Press north suburban papers, in the Chicago Tribune, on Evanston's own WCGO and with the CTA. Our ...

Speakers added to 2nd Act Players’ Nov. 11 immigration panel

The 2nd Act Players' November play, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House looks at the American immigrant experience circa 1960. Its first two Sunday shows, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11, will be followed by panel discussions on issues immigrants face today. Speakers for the Nov. 11 panel will include: Fernando Moreno, chief operations officer, SpanishPublicRadio.org ...

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