AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY IN 1960 — TWO GENERATIONS — CLASHING DREAMS.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Act Players’ fall show, New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House. Buy tickets in advance to secure the online $5 per ticket discount. Tickets are $17 in advance, $22 at the door. Simply click here to buy yours today.
Shows will take place from Nov. 3-18 on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Sunday shows on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 will be followed by panel discussions on what immigrants face in today’s America. What do they share with the main characters in the play circa the early 1960s, what’s changed, what has stayed the same? Here immigration experts discuss this very timely topic. Your show ticket also is good for the discussion which follows.
The plays revolves around an Italian-American family as it gathers to celebrate New Year’s Eve 1960, its first without the family patriarch. The country is changing with the election of the first Catholic president and the family is changing as well, its younger members wondering what they should do to be accepted as being truly American.
Must they sacrifice their heritage? What does becoming ‘American’ mean? And can the family stay together as turbulent events swirl around them?
The 2nd Act Players staged a one-act version of this poignant drama in 2013, it’s first performance.
2nd Act Cofounder John N. Frank authored the play and will direct.
Award-winning actor Aayisha Humphrey will serve as assistant director and stage manager for the play, which opens Nov. 3. Humphrey directed the 2nd Act Players’ recent #MeToo Play Festival and also served as assistant director for its 2017 production of Moving Boxes.
“Aayisha is amazingly creative, I am so thrilled to be working with her again,” says Frank.
Cast members are Julie Mitre, Ryan Hall, Jeff Watkins, Gina Palmer, Melissa Reeves, Phil Troyk, Anne Tracy and Olivia Cinquepalmi.