Peter Nerad, as The Player in "Boys in the Basement" contemplates a fine bottle of beer.

A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Peter Nerad

Peter Nerad portrayed a character who was one of my favorites to write, The Player in our 2015 production of Boys in the Basement. Player was the leader of the boys, regaling them nightly with stories of his female conquests. The Player had no shame, and no limits. Aren't there times we've all wished we ...

A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Julie Mitre

Julie Mitre has graced the 2nd Act Players' stage twice in the past two years, first in The Institute and then as a dying mother in our early 2017 one-act play Last Days of Wonder. Writing us in late May, Julie tells us today "I am more involved with my role as Artistic Associate with Akvavit ...

Brendan Butkus as The Rookie in "Boys in the Basement."

A 2nd Act Players spotlight on — Brendan Butkus

Brendan Butkus played one fo the most emotionally distraught characters ever featured in a work when he was The Rookie in our 2015 production of Boys in the Basement. The Rookie attempts suicide as Act One is ending but has a much different Act Two. Today,  "I am working on devising a one man show ...

Donate your gently used treasures to the 2nd Act Players’ yard sale

Spring cleaning is an annual ritual in our house, and one we've turned into a great fund-raising opportunity for our 2nd Act Players. If you;re in the midst of cleaning out your closets as well, here's a perfect opportunity to donate your gently used treasures to the 2nd Act Players Annual Yard Sale which will ...

Jean Waller as Kathy O"Malley in "The Institute."

A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Jean Waller

Jean Waller had the challenge in the 2nd Act Players' 2016 production of The Institute of playing the same character, Kathy O'Malley, at two different points in her life, when she was in high school, and in the present day.And she did it masterfully. Today, "The next show I am in is London Assurance, by Irish ...

A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Kirsty Collins

Kirsty Collins had a busy 2016-2017 with the 2nd Act Players, playing Miss Salvati, a central character in The Institute which we produced in October and November, 2016, and then serving as assistant director for Last Days of Wonder, part of our One-Act Play festival earlier this year. Now, "I am in rehearsal for a ...

Top 5 Ways to Show your Love for 2nd Act Players

Did you miss the 2nd Act Players' first-ever One-Act Play Festival? We missed you too, but you can still show your support for the 2nd Act Players and for local theater. We love all of you who have come to our shows the past five years and also supported us with contributions, charity auction purchases ...

Curtain, Lights, This is It — the Final Performance of Two Amazing 2nd Act Players’ Plays

The final performance of the 2nd Act Player's One-Act Play Festival is today, Sunday, March 26 at 3:30 in our theater at Northminster Church, Evanston. So you still have a chance to see the shows audience members have been raving about. Come and enjoy, buy your tickets by simply clicking here. Here's a sampling of ...

Becca Russo, Julie Mitre and Christine O'Keef star in The Last Days of Wonder.

Final musings from the director of “The Last Days of Wonder”

A creative process that began for me more than a year ago is coming to an end this weekend, so allow an old man some musing time about what an amazing journey it's been. What I'm talking about is the conclusion of the 2nd Act Players' One-Act Play Festival this weekend, March 24-26. There are ...

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The Final Weekend — Come See What Audiences Are Raving About!!!

The 2nd Act Players' One-Act Play Festival has only THREE MORE PERFORMANCES this weekend, March 24-26. You still have time to come and see two one-act plays that audiences have been raving about. "Great, true to life and true about marriage, siblings and the death of a parent" wrote one audience member who attended a ...

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