2nd Act Players WebSite See Record Traffic in 2021

The 2nd Act Players’ website racked up a record 14,522 views in 2021, fitting for a year when all it’s productions were done solely online. More than 6,700 individuals visited the site over the course of the year in which the 2nd Act Players produced the award-winning play What Good Did we See Today as […]

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2nd act players’ production named best streaming play

The 2nd Act Players’ 2021 online production of Cathrine Goldstein’s What Good Did We See Today was named Best Streaming Play for the Chicago region by BroadwayWorld.com. Congratulations to Goldstein and to cast members Brandy Miller and Manny Schenk, both veterans of other 2nd Act Players productions. 2nd Act Players’ Cofounder John N. Frank directed the […]

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How to vote most effectively for 2nd Act Players’ BroadwayWorld Chicago Nominees

Winners of BroadwayWorld 2021 Chicago regional awards are being selected by popular vote on BroadwayWorld.com. So sadly, several 2nd Act Players’ nominees are competing with each other in various categories (and with themselves in the Best Streaming Direction and Best Streaming Play categories). To make your vote count the most here are some suggestions for […]

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2nd Act Players Nab 13 nominations for BroadwayWorld’s 2021 Chicago Regional Theater Awards

The Evanston 2nd Act Players received an unprecedented 13 nominations for BroadwayWorld’s 2021 Chicago Regional Theater Awards. Winners are being selected by popular vote, so vote today for your 2nd Act Players’ favorites. To vote, simply click here. BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are the largest theatre audience awards, with over 100 cities worldwide participating. Nominations were […]

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I am very weary today

Many years ago, my dad was touched by a song with the lyrics: Like an old dusty road I get weary from the load He told me someday I’d understand why that song spoke to him as he grew older. Today is one of those days. After eight and a half years of trying to […]

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Evanston 2nd Act Players to Suspend All Operations

The Evanston 2nd Act Players will be suspending operations for the remainder of 2021. This follows what for us was a devastating development last week – the church where we have performed since 2016 said we cannot do any in-person shows there this winter. Rather than have any activities in its theater area this year, […]

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Reserve a Viewing Spot for Black Flag, July 14,15

Admission to online showings of Idris Goodwin’s Black Flag are free but donations are strongly encouraged. Approximately 80% of all donations will go to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, at the playwright’s request. All showings will begin at 7 p.m. central time and last approximately 20 minutes. To register for July 14, or July 15,  click […]

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Why you should watch ‘Black Flag’ — read what critics have said

“Aptly named, “Black Flag” has to do with America’s Original Sin of slavery and the terrible schism that this has created over the decades through the present-day ..The story alludes to today’s deep cultural clashes and the struggle for ideology.” Julia W. Rath Aroundthetownchicago.com July, 2021   The 2nd Act Players decided to stream Idris […]

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Playwright Idris Goodwin has creative roots in Chicago

Black Flag author Idris Goodwin has deep creative roots in Chicago and the Midwest. Born in Detroit, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in film, video and screenwriting at Colombia College Chicago. He then went on to get a master’s degree in creative writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He […]

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