Meet Actor Nick Dorado, Come See Him in Pandemic Stories

Actor Nick Dorado made his 2nd Act Players’ debut online last fall in our 60 is the New 40 Play Festival, playing a variety of characters in several short plays. He’ll be returning to our virtual stage this spring in two plays, [Brackets], in which he plays a curmudgeonly editor dealing with the losses Covid […]

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Meet playwright Craig Gustafson, read about his play

Craig Gustafson’s play [Brackets] deals with a suburban newspaper editor and his daughter facing some of the worst that the pandemic has to offer, while debating old habits that might not be relevant any longer Graid Gustafson Gustafosn’s plays have been performed locally at Chicago’s Yippiefest, GreenMan Theatre Troupe, Wheaton Drama and Riverfront Playhouse, which […]

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Meet playwright Donna Latham, read about her play

Donna Latham’s play Lunch Lady was written as a monologue for one actor, but with her agreement, we’ve modified it slightly to include three lunch ladies, all dealing with the challenges of working during the Pandemic. Latham is a feminist playwright from Chicago whose plays have been produced coast to coast and around the world. […]

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2nd Act Players to Showcase Play by Award-winning Black Playwright Idris Goodwin

The Evanston 2nd Act Players is honored to be partnering with award-winning Black Playwright Idris Goodwin this summer to stream Black Flag, a short play that is one of five in Goodwin’s Open Source Scripts for an Antiracist Tomorrow. “TYA/USA [Theatre for Young Audiences USA], New York’s New Victory Theatre and I collaborated to provide […]

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Meet the authors of 2nd Act Players’ Spring Festival 10-minute Plays

The winners of the 2nd Act Players spring new script competition, 2021 isn’t 2020, or is it? include award-winning playwrights, returning 2nd Act Players’ competition winners, and the first winner of a 2nd Act Players’ new script competition who resides outside the United States. Both Craig Gustafson and John Mabey had scripts performed by the […]

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2nd Act Players Announce Winners of 2021 Short-Script Competition

The 2nd Act Players have selected seven winning scripts for its spring 2021 production entitled 2021 isn’t 2020, or is it? The seven 10-minute plays examine the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people’s lives. “These winners were selected from nearly 200 entries we received from playwrights around the globe,” explains 2nd Act Players’ […]

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2nd Act Players plan March online Fundraiser — Blingo for everyone

The Evanston 2nd Act Players plans a March online fundraiser entitled Broadway Blingo. Participants will play online bingo for jewelry prizes and hear about jewelry they can purchase, with a portion of proceeds being donated to the 2nd Act Players. “We’re adapting to life online during the pandemic,” says 2nd Act Players’ cofounder John N. […]

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2nd Act Players Receive nearly 200 entries for 2021 script competition

The Evanston 2nd Act Players received nearly 200 entries for its spring festival entitled 2021: It’s not 2020, or is it? Plays that look at people changing in a changing world. The entry deadline has now passed and no new entries are being accepted. Scripts are going through three rounds of judging before the winners […]

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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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