All posts by John N. Frank

2nd Act Players’ #MeToo Play Festival cast announced

Six cast members have been selected from more than 50 who expressed interest in auditioning for the 2nd Act Players' #MeToo Play Festival. The festival, which takes place May 19-20 and May 26-27 at Northminster Church in Evanston, will present six 10-minute plays that focus on issues raised by the #MeToo movement. Tickets are on ...

Award-winning Aayisha Humphrey to direct #MeToo Play Festival

Aayisha Ruby Humphrey, an award-winning Chicago actor and acting teacher, will be the director for the 2nd Act Players' #MeToo Play Festival May 19-20 and May 26-27. The festival presents six 10-minute plays from emerging playwrights dealing with issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace, sexual abuse, gender-stereotyping and bullying. "Aayisha was assistant director ...

Northminster Senior Pastor to join #MeToo Play Festival post-show discussions

Rev. Michael Dale Kirby, senior pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Evanston, has agreed to take part in a post-show discussion of #MeToo issues at the 2nd Act Players #MeToo Play Festival on Saturday, May 26. The festival, which features six 10-minute plays by emerging playwrights about issues relevant to the #MeToo movement, takes place ...

Say Happy 5th Birthday to the 2nd Act Players today!!!!

Five years, 14 plays, 43 actors, eight directors, four assistant directors --- Happy 5th Birthday to the 2nd Act Players!!! If you haven't donated to our 5th birthday fundraiser yet, you can do so by simply clicking here. It's been an amazing five years. We started with a simple idea. In 2012, after he had ...

Tickets on sale for #MeToo Play Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Act Players' #MeToo Play Festival which will take place May 19-20 and May 26-27. Tickets are $17 when bought in advance, $20 at the door on the day of performances. To purchase your tickets, simply click here or on the Tickets icon on our website. The festival ...

CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women to appear at #MeToo Play Festival

K. Sujata, CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women, will be taking part in a panel discussion at the 2nd Act Players' #MeToo Play Festival on May 20, the first Sunday of the two-weekend festival. "We hope to have discussions with audiences and invited guests after each of our shows during the festival so that ...

Wish 2nd Act Players a Happy 5th Birthday!!!

The 2nd Act Players began with a dream -- to showcase undiscovered playwrights and actors while showcasing never-before-seen works for the stage. It's a dream we can't continue to achieve without your help!!! Friday, April 13th marks the 5th birthday for the 2nd Act Players. On that date, in 2013, our first play --- New ...

Winners announced for #MeToo Play Festival

Six winning scripts have been selected for the 2nd Act Players May #MeToo Play Festival. The winning scripts examine topics raised by the #MeToo movement such as sexual harassment, physical and psychological abuse. "These are some very powerful stories, we were immensely impressed by the quality of entries this year," says 2nd Act Players' Founder ...

2nd Act Players’ Hannah Goodman to study acting in NYC

Hannah Goodman, who wowed audiences during the 2nd Act Players' 2017 performances of Moving Boxes, has been accepted for a summer study program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. The 133-year-old conservatory numbers among its alumni Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Robert Redford. Lauren Bacall, Danny DeVito, Kirk Douglas and scores of ...