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Seeking actors of all ages for our newest play, “Moving Boxes”

Our mission is to showcase new talent and we routinely have cast members ranging in age from 16 to 60+ as part of that mission. This fall, we’ll be at it again with our newest play, "Moving Boxes."

2nd Act Players’ founder John N. Frank featured on

"This story comes just a few weeks after my second heart surgery in less than five years and is just what I needed to remind me I'm still alive, still here and that I need to get busy for our 2017 season," says Frank.

Finalists selected for 2nd Act Players’ 2017 New Playwrights’ Showcase

Winning scripts will be announced in early August with auditions for actors to read them in mid-August and readings done on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 23 and the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 24. 

2nd Act Players successfully workshop new play, “Moving Boxes”

"Anyone who has cared for an aging parent will relate to this story," says Frank. "So will families that have struggled to achieve the closeness they want with each other. It's also a touching look at how love crosses generations from grandparents to their grandchildren and back."

Genevieve Fowler

Director hired for 2nd Act Players’ 2017 New Playwrights’ Showcase

The 2nd Act Players has hired Genevieve Fowler to direct its 2017 New Playwrights' Showcase which will take place Saturday, September. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. The festival will feature staged readings of six short scripts selected as winners of the 2017 2nd Act Players New Script Competition. Fowler has ...

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

Final week to enter the 2nd Act Players Short-Script competition

For all you Chicago-area playwrights who love writing on deadline, the deadline is here for the 2nd Act Players Short-Script Competition, so send in your entry today! Friday, June 30 at midnight is the last second you can submit an entry. We'll be producing staged readings of six winning scripts on Sept. 23 and Sept. ...

Becca Russo, Julie Mitre and Christine O'Keef star in The Last Days of Wonder.

Enter the 2nd Act Players’ 2017 Short-Script competition today!

The 2nd Act Players invites aspiring playwrights to enter its 2017 short-script competition. Six winning scripts will receive staged readings by the 2nd Act Players in September. “We had such a great response to our script contest last year, we had to do it again, but in a bigger way” says 2nd Act Founder and ...

2nd Act Players Announce New Play, Script Contest for all-new 2017 Season

The 2nd Act Players will be featuring seven new works for the stage in their 2017 season. In September, they will host a weekend of staged readings of six new short plays by local authors, followed in November by the new two-act play, Moving Boxes, the joys and trials of caring for an aging adult. ...

Becca Russo, Julie Mitre and Christine O'Keef star in The Last Days of Wonder.

Tell us what you’d like to see next at the 2nd Act Players

The 2nd Act Players is in the midst of planning its 2017 season and we want to hear from you! What type of plays would you like to see us performing at our theater in Northminster Church, Evanston? We've already asked people who have come to our past five years of plays, but we want ...

Top 5 Ways to Show your Love for 2nd Act Players

Did you miss the 2nd Act Players' first-ever One-Act Play Festival? We missed you too, but you can still show your support for the 2nd Act Players and for local theater. We love all of you who have come to our shows the past five years and also supported us with contributions, charity auction purchases ...