2nd Act Players receive more than 100 entries for 2021 script competition

More than 100 entries have poured in for the 2nd Act Players’ 2021 Script Competition with two weeks to go until the final entry deadline. This makrs the fifth year the 2nd Act Players have put out a call for new scripts and will likely be the year that sets a record for most entries. […]

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2nd Act Players’ Cofounder named to Marquis’ Who’s Who

2nd Act Players Cofounder John N. Frank has been named a 2020 top executive by Marquis’ Who’s Who in recognition of his work in starting the 2nd Act Players, and in keeping the theater alive in these times of Covid-19 which has devastated the theater business. Frank’s long-time first career as a journalist also is […]

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2nd Act Players announce 2021 script competition

To clarify here, we’re looking for scripts that touch on the past year, so if you wrote something before 2020 and have not updated it, it likely will not be considered. Scripts should deal with issues of the past year — Covid, racial injustice, the election, etc. Thanks. The Evanston 2nd Act Players is announcing […]

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The Evanston 2nd Act Players stand with Northminster Presbyterian Church

The Evanston 2nd Act Players has been blessed with a theater home at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Northwest Evanston for the past four years. We have always found the members of the church to be open, inviting and progressive, showing concern for all those around them and throughout the area. So we were saddened in […]

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Thank you to everyone who supported 2nd Act Players in 2020

This has been a year like few others. Yet, despite all the adversity around us, the 2nd Act Players has remained true to its mission —- thanks to the help of our donors, our sponsors, ticket buyers, actors, graphic designer, wardrobe director, show directors, our board members, and playwrights. When we shut our theater in […]

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watch “60 is the New 40′ Plays on-demand

Audience reaction to our recent 60 is the New 40 Play Festival was so positive we’ve decided to make the plays available for on-demand viewing through Jan. 31, 2021. So if you missed our shows in November, you can still see thier brillant short plays about poeple redefining themselves in their Golden Years. Audiences raved […]

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Can I buy tickets for friends? Not exactly. E-mail me to do it.

The 2nd Act Players is using an online platform called Crowdcast to stream its 60 is the new 40 Play Festival. Crowdcast was created for business meetings, so registration is fairly straight-forward, a person goes to an event page and registers, paying the fee specified. Some of our ticket buyers last week wanted to buy […]

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Here’s what you’ll see this Friday or Saturday

Four short plays about characters redefining themselves in their Golden Years. The Sensational SistersBy John MabeyTwo superhero sisters face the challenges of early retirement. Spot the CamelCraig GustafsonA husband and wife fret about Alzheimer’s and aging with a surprise twist. In Her Golden YearsSteven KorbarA daughter learns a long-held secret of her mother’s and sees […]

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opening weekend audiences rave about ’60 is the new 40′

Opening weekend audiences raved about the 2nd Act Players’ 60 is the New 40 Play Festival, calling the four short plays streamed online heart-warming, clever and entertaining. They also applauded the 2nd Act Players’ tech savvy in digitally placing actors in the same video rooms through video editing and green-screen acting. “You demonstrated so much […]

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meet bev Coscarelli, come enjoy her on our virtual stage

Bev Coscarelli joins the 2nd Act Players ensemble for the first time in our 60 is the New 40 Play Festival, acting in two plays that present quite the acting challenges for her. Come see Bev along with five other cast members, online Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7 p.m. For details, check out […]

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