Final Weekend to See “The Institute,” Buy Tickets Today

Only three chances remain for you to see the world premiere of The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War at the 2nd Act Players’ new theater home in Evanston’s Northminster Church. Simply click here to buy your tickets now.

John N. Frank
John N. Frank

The two-act drama looks at the lives of four young men in a Catholic military school during the height of the Vietnam War. Their stories draw haunting parallels to today’s divided nation.

“All my plays are personal, but this is perhaps the most personal because it deals with a time when our country was being ripped apart by major political upheaval, much as it has been today, a time when I had to grow up very quickly and make major decisiosn about my life,” says playwright John N. Frank.

“I want everyone I know it see this play and to discuss its messages of tolerance and reasoned discussion about major issues,” he says.

Frank has written, co-produced and acted in the play while dealing with a major, unexpected health issue this summer and fall. “Being in and out of the hospital has hurt my efforts to tell friends about the show and get them to attend. I’m hoping the many people I know who have yet to come will surprise me and turn out this final weekend,” he says.

The play has earned both critical and audience acclaim, and discussions already are underway to have it performed on the East Coast.

“You will want to say you saw this play when,” Frank says. To buy your tickets, click here. Enter the show date and number of tickets you want and check out, it’s just that simple.


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