Director hired for 2nd Act Players’ fall show, “Old Ringers”

Mitchell Ward will be directing the 2nd Act Players’ fall production of Joe Simonelli’s Old Ringers, a humorous look at how four retired women find an unexpected way to make ends meet as they cope with their limited financial resources.

Ward has extensive directing experience and, also served as the stage manager of the 2nd Act Players’ spring Women’s Empowerment Play Festival. A graduate of Kansas State University, Ward won awards for his work in Kansas City before coming to Chicago.

“Our theater is all about showcasing emerging talent and, having worked with Mitch this spring, we know he is definitely an emerging talent that Chicago theatergoers will be hearing more about in the future. We want to be the first to showcase his talents here,” says 2nd Act Players cofounder and Artistic Director John N. Frank.

Old Ringers marks the first time 2nd Act Players’ will be producing a comedy. “While we normally focus on serious issues, we feel the country needs some comic relief in these stressful times and this is a very, very funny play,” says Frank.

Performances of Old Ringers will take place November 2,3,9, 10, 16 and 17th at the Northminster Presbyterian Church theater in Evanston.

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