Winning script selected for Women’s Empowerment Play Festival

Intentions, a one-act play that follows main character Katherine on her road to recovery from a massive past trauma, is the winner of the 2nd Act Players’ 2019 One-Act Play Script Competition. Jerome Jagielski of Fontana, Wi., is the winning author of Intentions. Intentions will be produced by the 2nd Act Players this May as […]

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Calling all playwrights — One week left to enter our #WomensEmpowerment script competition

Calling all playwrights — only one week left to enter our #WomensEmpowerment script competition. Two one-act plays that look at women’s issues will be performed by our 2nd Act Players this May. “We’re looking for one-act plays that focus on women overcoming major obstacles in their lives,” says 2nd Act Players’ Co-Founder John N. Frank. […]

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2nd Act Players announce One-Act Play Competition, #WomensEmpowerment

A scene from "Last Days of Wonder," a winner of our 2016 script comeptition.

The 2nd Act Players is in search of new scripts, fulfilling its mission to showcase new talent for the stage. The theme for its upcoming spring One-Act Play Festival will be Women’s Empowerment (#WomensEmpowerment). This will mark the fourth new script competition the 2nd Act Players has held since its beginnings in 2013. “We’ve showcased […]

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2nd Act Players head for NYC, ahead of approaching major winter storm

The 2nd Act Players are on their way to New York City for their Jan. 25-26 production of The Institute a little earlier than planned because of a major snow storm rapidly approaching their home base in the Chicago area. “We’re small which also makes us nimble. Our first rehearsal for our New York production […]

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Audiences loved ‘New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House’ 85% recommend it

New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House garnered an 85% positive ranking from those who saw it during its three-week run this November, saying they would recommend it to a friend. Also, 96% said in audience feedback forms that they found the characters true-to-life and 99% said they found the story of an immigrant family struggling […]

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Your last chance to see ‘New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House’

This weekend will be the final two performances of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House by the 2nd Act Players at Northminster Church, Evanston. Audiences so far have loved it, with 85% saying they’d recommend it to a friend. We’re hoping to see some of those friends at this weekends shows, Saturday at 7 and […]

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Audiences Rave about “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House,” Come See Why

Audiences have been raving about the 2nd Act Players production of the all-new New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House with 85% of those filling out audience satisfaction surveys during the first two weeks of performances saying they would recommend the show to a friend. Audience members also gave the play high marks for character and […]

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The fashions of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House — Act II

Act II of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House takes place at the end of 1961, a time when fashion was changing thanks to the style influences of then First Lady Jackie Kennedy. 2nd Act Cofounder and costume designer Carolyn Calzavara sought to reflect that in her choices for women’s dresses in Act II. Hear […]

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The fashions of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House — Act I

New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House spans two fashion decades, the 1950s and the 1960s, each very different and distinct in the looks it became remembered for. 2nd Act Players’ Cofounder Carolyn Calzavara took on the monumental task of creating outfits for the women in New Year’s Eve that would represent each of these decades. […]

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