2nd Act Players Announce Special Night for Veterans Nov. 12

The 2nd Act Players invites veterans to see its new play, The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War, on Saturday evening, Nov. 12 free of charge that evening.

“We have always been about using our plays to start wider discussion on important issues,” explains John N. Frank, 2nd Act co-founder and artistic director. “The Institute deals with the choices young people face about military service, so we felt reaching out to veterans made sense this year.”theinstitute_5-01

Veterans are invited to attend the Saturday, Nov. 12, Veterans’ Day weekend performance free-of-charge and to stay after the show ends for a discussion of military service and veteran issues. Guests who accompany them can purchase tickets at regular price as can other audience members that evening.

The 2nd Act Players’ world premiere of The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War, opened to rave audience reviews Friday, Oct. 21 at the 2nd Act Players’ new theater-home at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Evanston.

“This play looks back at the turbulent Vietnam era and decisions four high school boys must make about the war and what role they will play in it,” explains Frank. “The country is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War this year, making it the ideal time for us to stage The Institute and to invite veterans to see it and share their thoughts and experiences,” he says.

Veterans can obtain their tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2559601 by entering the code VIP for the Nov. 12 performance.

The four-year-old 2nd Act Players this year were nominated for an Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts.


Further Details:

What: The Institute, a world premiere play looks at the moral choices and the bonding that four high school boys experience during the height of Vietnam.

When: Oct: 21-Nov. 13: Performances, Friday, Saturday evening shows start at 7:30; Sunday matinees start at 3:30

Where: The 2nd Act Players Theater at Northminster Church, 2515 Central Park Ave., Evanston

Directed By: Ryan Bruce

Written By: John N. Frank

Cost: $22. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com

For further information call:  John N. Frank artistic director, 847-571-0235


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