The Playwright — John N. Frank

John N. Frank has more than 35 years experience as a business journalist, editor, speaker and book author. A native New Yorker who has spent his adult life in Chicago, he grew up with a love of the theater fostered by his parents. Chicago became the perfect place for him to nurture that love, given the wide range of experimental and local theater companies in the Chicagoland area.

So it was inevitable he and his wife, Carolyn Calzavara, would start a theater troupe of their own to stage New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, Frank’s original one-act play.frank-3small

The story is a personal one for him, based on his mother’s side of his extended Italian family. But while it started as a personal tale, Frank hopes audience members all will see the parallels with their own families, really with all American immigrant families, for all Americans are immigrants of one sort or another at their core.

In addition to New Years Eve at Grandma’s House, Frank has three other plays under development, Talking with Dad, The Boys in the Basement and The Institute.

In 2012, Frank also published his first book, Always Be Job Hunting, an autobiographical account of how to stay employed in today’s ferocious job market. He also has begun an acting career and appears in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House.

  1. […] “After four years of being Evanston’s and the North Shore’s best kept theater secret, we plan to get the word out about the 2nd Act Players big time this year,” says founder and artistic director John N. Frank. […]

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  2. […] about key 2nd acts in people’s lives. That includes new directing talent,” explains co-founder John N. Frank, who will be directing Last Days of Wonder, one of the two plays which will be performed each […]

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