2nd Act Players postpones spring show, “60 is the new 40,” to fall

The Evanston 2nd Act Players is postponing until November its previously scheduled spring showcase of nine short plays under the theme 60 is the new 40 . The showcase was scheduled to run from May 2-24 with rehearsals starting next week. “The health and well-being of our cast, crew and audience is paramount to us. […]

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Winners announced for “60 is the new 40” Play Festival

Plays running the gamut from science fiction to a superhero saga to people revealing long-held secrets are among the nine winning scripts selected for the 2nd Act Players’ 60 is the New 40 Short-Play Festival. All feature main characters who are redefining themselves in their senior years. Characters range from a gay concert pianist to […]

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Auditions set Feb. 22 for 60 is the new 40 Short-play Festival

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Auditions will be held Saturday, Feb.22 for the 2nd Act Players’ spring production,  the 60 is the new 40 short-play festival, featuring winning scripts from our annual new script competition. The winning scripts, which will be announced shortly, celebrate the ways those 60 and older today are redefining what it means to be a senior […]

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Veteran playwrights will judge “60 is the new 40” script entries

Several past winners of 2nd Act Players’ new script competitions will be among the first-round judges of scripts entered in this year’s new script competition with the theme “60 is the new 40.” Among the judges will be: Jerome Jagielski, whose play Intentions was performed in 2019 as part of the 2nd Act Players Women’s […]

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2nd Act Players website sees record visitor count in 2019

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More people visited the 2nd Act Players’ website in 2019 than in any previous year since the site was launched six years ago. The record annual visitor count, 4,634, came in a year when 2nd Act Players productions played to sold out crowds in New York as well as in its hometown of Evanston. “We […]

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Deadline for “60, the new 40?” script competition changed to Jan. 8

Entries have been flooding in for the 2nd Act Players’ 2020 script writing competition on the theme “60, the new 40?” and so the entry deadline has been changed to January 8, announced 2nd Act Players Cofounder John N. Frank. “We’ve received more than 80 entries so far, the response has been amazing. We really […]

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Enter our 2020 Short-Script Competition — 60 is the new 40?

Playwrights — enter our 2020 Short-Script Competition which we’re calling 60 is the new 40? Baby boomers have changed and redefined every phase of life they’ve passed through and they’re doing it again with old age. With more and more of them crossing the “senior” threshold every day, they’re often taking a different approach to […]

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It’s #GivingTuesday, help us buy a new light board

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We need a new light board for our theater. The board controls all the lights during a show, so without a board, no lights. The old board, which was very, very old, literally burned up at our fall show. A lighting repair specialist said he’d never seen a board that old, it was older than […]

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Remaining Sunday shows sold out! A few Saturday tickets left for “Old Ringers”

The remaining Sunday performances of the 2nd Act Players’ production of Old Ringers are essentially sold out!! We may have a few tickets available on day-of-show for walk-ups but all advanced tickets have been sold. The remaining Saturday shows, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, have a very few advance tickets left, click here to grab […]

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Audiences rave about ‘Old Ringers,’ shows selling out fast

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Opening weekend audiences are raving about the 2nd Act Players’ production of Joe Simonelli’s Old Ringers, a comedy about four older women trying phone sex. Asked to rate the performances on a scale of one to five stars, opening weekend audiences Nov. 2-3 gave the show an average of 4.3 stars, with 91% rating the […]

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