Building Boys in the Basement

Boys in the Basement is the most ambitious production yet for the infant 2nd Act Players. When you come to a performance in November, you will see a staircase built for the play, along with a laundry folding table strong enough for people to sit on, a bookcase and other stage dressing to transport you into the basement alongside the boys.

The Boys in the Basement staircase.

The Boys in the Basement staircase.

“The Piven Theatre where we perform is an intimate space, which is why I love it,” says 2nd Act cofounder and playwright John N. Frank. “We want people to feel they are there with us every step of the way.”

The staircase is real but it’s also symbolic of the descent the play’s characters take as they try to rebuild their shattered post-divorce lives, explains Frank.

The Boys in the Basement laundry table being built.

The Boys in the Basement laundry table being built.

Performances of Boys in the Basement will take place at the Noyes Cultural Arts Building (adjacent to the Noyes purple Line stop in Evanston) Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6,7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. Performances also will take place the same times the following weekend, Nov. 13-15. For ticket information, go to Brown Paper Tickets.

Special ticket prices are available for Friday evening shows for those who have been through or are going through the pain of divorce a well as for adult children of divorced parents. Click here for details.

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