One night to go for Boys in the Basement

Boys in the Basement, an original two-act play looking at the pain of divorce and the hope for true love from a male perspective, opens tomorrow night at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. If you don’t have your tickets yet, buy them today by clicking here. And remember the 2nd Act Players will present only six […]

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Peter Nerad on acting

Peter Nerad, who is the Player in Boys in the Basement, became an actor after a career in ad copy writing. Acting out commercials for clients gave him the acting bug. His favorite role was in a recent short film, playing a character based on an actual 1960s record producer. Watch Peter discuss that role […]

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Bryan Jansyn on acting

Bryan Jansyn knew he wanted to be an actor when he was in his junior year of college. He had been studying film editing, but wasn’t feeling the passion — until a classmate asked him to be in their student film Watch Bryan talk more about his dream role and his favorite role to date […]

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Director Mary Reynard discusses Boys in the Basement

Chicago theater veteran Mary Reynard says Boys in the Basement is about a “very under-served topic,” namely what men go through when they get divorced. Watch Mary discuss what she’s learned about men by directing the 2nd Act Players production of Boys in the basement this Nov. 6-15. Mary Reynard on Boys in the Basement […]

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How Chris Johnson got into acting

A search for his creative outlet led Chris Johnson into his acting career. Playing Sonny in New ear’s Eve at grandma’s House, the first play produced by the 2nd Act Players back in 2013, is Chris’ favorite role to date. Watch him discuss what roles he’d love to play as his career advances. Simply click […]

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Why John Frank became an actor

It started with his love of writing. Lifelong journalist John N. Frank wanted to write plays, so he began studying acting to see what plays looked like from the actors’ perspective. Thanks to some great early acting teachers, Frank fell in love with acting. Could you see him playing Clemenza in the Godfather? Learn how that […]

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Who is Sarah in Boys in the Basement?

Boys in the Basement talks about divorce from the male perspective, but the Boys also have two women in their midst, Chrissy and Sarah. Sarah has also been divorced but not embittered as the boys are, says Gina Palmer who will be portraying Sarah in the 2nd Act Players’ November production of Boys in the Basement. […]

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Who is the Player in Boys in the Basement?

Player is at the center of the dysfunctional men’s club that is at the heart of the Boys in the Basement. Watch actor Peter Nerad, who will be portraying Player, talk about his character. Is Player a misogynist? Is Nerad? Watch his interview to find out. Click here to watch his interview now: Peter Nerad talks […]

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Building Boys in the Basement

Boys in the Basement is the most ambitious production yet for the infant 2nd Act Players. When you come to a performance in November, you will see a staircase built for the play, along with a laundry folding table strong enough for people to sit on, a bookcase and other stage dressing to transport you into […]

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