All posts by John N. Frank

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Del

Del, unlike all her sisters, never married and as the last unmarried daughter, it became her job to care for her aging parents.

Two Generations — Clashing Dreams — Come see New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Immigrants traditionally have come to the United States in search of a better life. And they've brought with them their old-world ways as they try to fit into this very new world. Arriving immigrants have taken on the lowliest jobs, worked multiple jobs, done all they had to so their families, and particularly their children ...

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Sal

Sal, like so many men of his generation, went off to fight in World War II and came backed changed forever because of the horrors he saw. Also like his peers, he keeps those horrors bottled up inside, trying to spare his wife and family what he had seen and experienced. But a crisis that ...

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Faye

She brought light back into his world and so he is devoted to her. She in turn loves him passionately because he is a kind and gentle man who can live with her foibles which sometimes drive her brothers and sisters a bit batty.

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Sonny

Sonny (Phil Troyk) is one of two Smaldone brothers. He has endured much discrimination and taunting because of his Italian roots and now wants desperately to fit into the American landscape. New Year's Eve at Grandma's House traces Sonny's journey, and the perils he faces in his quest for the American dream. Sonny is very much ...

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Stella

Stella (portrayed by Liz Lauren), Sonny's wife, is an outsider in a world of Italian-Americans. She grew up in an orphanage in Pennsylvania with one sister. In search of  a better life, she came to New York as a young woman to live on her own during the depths of the Great Depression. With jobs ...

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Bill

Julianna's Irish boyfriend, Bill (portrayed by Jeff Watkins) grew up in the exclusive Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn,a world away from the hard-scrabble Italian neighborhood he now finds himself about to visit with Julianna. His father had been a long-time Naval officer before starting his civilian law career, so Bill came from a professional family, ...

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Julianna

Julianna (portrayed by Olivia Cinquepalmi) is the youngest of the Smaldone sisters and brothers, the family baby who came along long after momma and poppa thought they were done growing their already large family. She represents another generation from most of her siblings, having been only a child during the Great Depression and a young ...

A sneak peek at the fashions of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

New Year's Eve at Grandma's House marks a major first for the 2nd Act Players -- we are making costumes for all the female actors in our play for the first time. 2nd Act cofounder Carolyn Calzavara is designing and sewing dresses, based on 1950s and 1960s patterns and some she designed herself. Act One takes ...

Tickets now on sale for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY IN 1960 -- TWO GENERATIONS -- CLASHING DREAMS.   Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Act Players' fall show, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Buy tickets in advance to secure the online $5 per ticket discount. Tickets are $17 in advance, $22 at the door. Simply click here to ...