Meet the Cast for the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Festival

The Evanston 2nd Act Players will be featuring two veteran 2nd Act Players and four newcomers in the cast of its Women’s Empowerment One-Act Play Festival this May 11-26. The festival will feature two plays telling the stories of heroic women.

Shannon Leigh Webber

The cast for Intentions by Jerome Jagielski will feature Shannon Leigh Webber as Katherine, a woman struggling to overcome a major trauma in her life.

Phil Troyk

Phil Troyk, last seen in the 2nd Act Players’ 2018 production of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, will play Larry, the widower who wants to be part of Katherine’s life.

Also in the cast will be Debra Rodkin as Katherine’s mother, Helen; Brandy Miller as Katherine’s overly helpful neighbor Vivian and Sharon Kushiner as Caroline, the social worker trying to help Katherine find a new life.

Troyk also will be featured in the festival’s second play, A Matter of Gender by Sloane Drayson, playing Tad, a washed-up Broadway director hoping to make a comeback with a new play about the nature of God.

Brandy Miller

Miller also will appear in A Matter of Gender, as Tad’s plucky assistant Carly.

Jasmine Richman

Making her return to the 2nd Act Players’ stage will be Jasmine Richman as the actor who tries to change Tad’s mind about who would be the perfect actor to be God in his play…and in his life.

Richman appeared in the 2nd Act Players’ 2018 #MeToo Festival, playing multiple characters in the six, 10-minute plays that made up that event.

Webber has played such memorable roles as Blanche in a Streetcar Named Desire, Katherine Brandt in 33 Variations, and Norma in Perfect Arrangement. Shannon also is a company member with Random Acts Chicago and Pride Films and Plays.

Richman followed her 2nd Act Players’ performance last year with a role in Footloose, the Musical at the Center for the Arts in Wilmette.

Debra Rodkin

Rodkin has played numerous roles in such well-known Chicago theaters as the Redtwist, Shattered Globe and with the Saint Sebastian Players.

Miller has worked at such Chicago-area theaters as Theatre in the Center and the Metropolis Performing Arts Center.  She’s a 2018 graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

kushiner102R (1) Sharon Kushiner

Kushiner has played numerous roles with Wheaton Shakespeare in the Park and the Arena Theater of Wheaton College and was Sara at the American Blues Theater: Ripped Festival production of Two Different Americas.

Tickets for the festival are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Simply click here to buy your tickets today.

Shows begins Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and continue for three weekends, ending Sunday, May 26. Sunday shows are at 3 p.m. Performances will be at the Northminster Presbyterian Church Theater, 2515 Central Park Avenue in Evanston.

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