Auditions set Feb. 22 for 60 is the new 40 Short-play Festival

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Auditions will be held Saturday, Feb.22 for the 2nd Act Players’ spring production,  the 60 is the new 40 short-play festival, featuring winning scripts from our annual new script competition. The winning scripts, which will be announced shortly, celebrate the ways those 60 and older today are redefining what it means to be a senior […]

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Veteran playwrights will judge “60 is the new 40” script entries

Several past winners of 2nd Act Players’ new script competitions will be among the first-round judges of scripts entered in this year’s new script competition with the theme “60 is the new 40.” Among the judges will be: Jerome Jagielski, whose play Intentions was performed in 2019 as part of the 2nd Act Players Women’s […]

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2nd Act Players website sees record visitor count in 2019

Old Ringers cast photo

More people visited the 2nd Act Players’ website in 2019 than in any previous year since the site was launched six years ago. The record annual visitor count, 4,634, came in a year when 2nd Act Players productions played to sold out crowds in New York as well as in its hometown of Evanston. “We […]

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Deadline for “60, the new 40?” script competition changed to Jan. 8

Entries have been flooding in for the 2nd Act Players’ 2020 script writing competition on the theme “60, the new 40?” and so the entry deadline has been changed to January 8, announced 2nd Act Players Cofounder John N. Frank. “We’ve received more than 80 entries so far, the response has been amazing. We really […]

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Enter our 2020 Short-Script Competition — 60 is the new 40?

Playwrights — enter our 2020 Short-Script Competition which we’re calling 60 is the new 40? Baby boomers have changed and redefined every phase of life they’ve passed through and they’re doing it again with old age. With more and more of them crossing the “senior” threshold every day, they’re often taking a different approach to […]

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Pick John’s underwear for “Old Ringers”

Yes, the rumors are true, 2nd Act Players’ Cofounder John N. Frank will have two scenes in his underwear during this November’s performances of Old Ringers. “The playwright’s original stage directions have Harry wearing a Speedo, we’re not going there,” says Frank. “Men in their 60s pretty much should never go there. But Harry is […]

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Meet Harry of Old Ringers

John N. Frank is returning to the 2nd Act Players stage for the first time since 2016 as he takes on the role of Harry in Old Ringers. “Harry and I are a lot alike, which is making this role so much fun for me,” says Frank, who is a cofounder of the 2nd Act […]

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Meet Kathy Ann of “Old Ringers”

Sandy Gulliver will be portraying Kathy Ann is the 2nd Act Players’ fall show, Old Ringers. Her character is perhaps the most naive among the group of four women the play deals with. But the old saying “Still waters run deep” could come into play for here before the story ends. Here, Gulliver talks about […]

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Meet Verna, who loves talking about sex in ‘Old Ringers’

Debra Rodkin will portray Verna, the wild talker in a group of four older women who are at the center of the action in Old Ringers, to be performed this Nov. 2-17 by the 2nd Act Players. The show marks Rodkin’s second performance with the 2nd Act Players. She played Helen in Intentions, which was […]

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Meet Amanda, Diane’s daughter in ‘Old Ringers’

Camille Oswald will be playing Amanda, Diane’s daughter who has turned to religion to carry her through some hard times in her life, in Old Ringers this fall. The show marks Oswald’s first time on the 2nd Act Players’ stage. Read about Amanda here, then come see Oswald on stage! 1. What is your character’s […]

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