All posts by John N. Frank

2nd Act Players plan first major ad effort for “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

The 2nd Act Players' fall production of the all-new New Year's Eve at Grandma's House will be supported by the five-year-old theater's first integrated advertising and marketing campaign. Ads for the show will start appearing at the CTA's Davis Street L station in October. Print advertising will include the Chicago Tribune's fall play preview and ...

The 2nd Act Players are headed to New York in 2019!!!

The 2nd Act Players' will be mounting a weekend of staged readings of Cofounder John N. Frank's play The Institute next January in New York City. The performances, tentatively scheduled for Jan 25-26, will take place at Frank's high school, Xavier, which serves as the inspiration for the setting of the play itself. "To see ...

Welcome to the cast for “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

Eight cast members, a blend of 2nd Act Players’ veterans and new faces, will make up the cast of the theater’s fall production of the new, two-act drama, New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, announced 2nd Act Players’ cofounder John N. Frank. The play looks at the American immigrant experience through the eyes of an ...

Coming this November: “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

Join the 2nd Act Players this November for a unique look at the American immigrant experience in this all-new, two-act drama, New Year’ Eve at Grandma’s House. An Italian-American family gathers to celebrate New Year’s Eve 1960, its first without the family patriarch. The country is changing with the election of the first Catholic president ...

Thank you to our #MeToo Play Festival audiences and…

With only one show left this weekend for our #MeToo Play Festival, we want to say thank you to our audiences, our sponsors, our actors, playwrights, post-show-panelists, director, crew and our donors. This has been the most powerful work we have done in the five years since the 2nd Act Players came into existence. Theater ...

Meet #MeToo Play festival Actor Jasmine Richman

Six highly talented actors are performing multiple roles in the six scripts that are part of the 2nd Act Players #MeToo Play Festival. Here one of them, Jasmine Richman, talks about acting, her characters and the plays. To see her on stage, buy your tickets by clicking here. Only two shows left, Saturday at 7:30 ...

Meet #MeToo Play festival actor Barbara Harris

The 2nd Act Players #MeToo Play Festival will star six amazing actors, each of whom will be playing a variety of roles in our six short plays. Today, read about Barbara Roeder Harris and then click here to buy your tickets for the festival's final two shows Saturday and Sunday. 1. What prompted you to become an ...