Come see Jasmine Richman tackle the ultimate role

Jasmine Richman will be taking on what some might think of as the ultimate role — playing God — in the 2nd Act Players’ Women’s Empowerment One-Act Play Festival May 11-26. The play A Matter of Gender asks why God can;t be a woman, and then goes on to discuss the very nature of believing […]

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Come to see Phil Troyk at the 2nd Act Players

  Actor Phil Troyk will be taking on a fascinating challenge in the 2nd Act Players’ Women’s Empowerment One-Act Play festival May 11-26 — he will play two different characters in the two one-act plays being presented each night of the festival. He’s also the only male actor in the combined cast, matching his acting […]

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Come see Sharon Kushiner play Caroline with the 2nd Act Players

Intentions is the story of a woman, Katherine, trying to overcome a past trauma so she can once again find the love and joy in life. Caroline is the social worker trying to help Katherine on that journey. Caroline has seen a lot in her career and as she tries to help Katherine , she also […]

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Come See Shannon Webber play Katherine with the 2nd Act Players

Intentions is the story of a woman, Katherine, trying to overcome a past trauma so she can once again find the love and joy in life. Shannon Leigh Webber portrays Katherine, bringing a wonderful complexity and depth of emotion to the character. Her early work in rehearsal promises memorable performances. We asked Webber to tell us […]

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Come see Debra Rodkin play Helen with the 2nd Act Players

Intentions is the story of a woman trying to overcome a past trauma so she can once again find the love and joy in life. Helping her on that journey is her mother, Helen. Veteran actor Debra Rodkin will play Helen in the 2nd Act Players’ upcoming May production of Intentions. Her early work in […]

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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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