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Pundits are speculating how people will behave once the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic has past and we can leave our homes again. Will people be hungry for public entertainment events such as live theater, movies, concerts and sporting events? Or will they be reluctant to gather in large groups for weeks, months or even […]

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2nd Act Players Video Vault views top 1,000 in first 8 days

Entertainment-starved Americans are flocking to the 2nd Act Players’ Video Vault where they can watch clips from past 2nd Act Players productions. Clips in the vault, which also are available on the 2nd Act Players’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, have been viewed by more than 1,000 since the first one was posted on Facebook […]

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2nd Act Players postpones spring show, “60 is the new 40,” to fall

The Evanston 2nd Act Players is postponing until November its previously scheduled spring showcase of nine short plays under the theme 60 is the new 40 . The showcase was scheduled to run from May 2-24 with rehearsals starting next week. “The health and well-being of our cast, crew and audience is paramount to us. […]

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

Old Ringers cast photo

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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