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Tickets now on sale for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY IN 1960 -- TWO GENERATIONS -- CLASHING DREAMS.   Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Act Players' fall show, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Buy tickets in advance to secure the online $5 per ticket discount. Tickets are $17 in advance, $22 at the door. Simply click here to ...

Immigration discussions to follow 2nd Act Players fall performances

The 2nd Act Players will host discussions on immigration issues following the first two Sunday matinée performances of its fall play, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Three speakers active in the immigrant rights arena already have agreed to take part and more have been contacted to participate in the discussions which will follow shows ...

Move-in Day for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Saturday was move-in day for the 2nd Act Players' fall production of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. That meant four board members and a volunteer helper spent the morning transporting furniture from our garage workshop to our theater. "This will be the most elaborate set we've ever had," says 2nd Act Cofounder John N. ...

2nd Act Players plan first major ad effort for “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

The 2nd Act Players' fall production of the all-new New Year's Eve at Grandma's House will be supported by the five-year-old theater's first integrated advertising and marketing campaign. Ads for the show will start appearing at the CTA's Davis Street L station in October. Print advertising will include the Chicago Tribune's fall play preview and ...

The 2nd Act Players are headed to New York in 2019!!!

The 2nd Act Players' will be mounting a weekend of staged readings of Cofounder John N. Frank's play The Institute next January in New York City. The performances, tentatively scheduled for Jan 25-26, will take place at Frank's high school, Xavier, which serves as the inspiration for the setting of the play itself. "To see ...

Welcome to the cast for “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

Eight cast members, a blend of 2nd Act Players’ veterans and new faces, will make up the cast of the theater’s fall production of the new, two-act drama, New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, announced 2nd Act Players’ cofounder John N. Frank. The play looks at the American immigrant experience through the eyes of an ...

Coming this November: “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

Join the 2nd Act Players this November for a unique look at the American immigrant experience in this all-new, two-act drama, New Year’ Eve at Grandma’s House. An Italian-American family gathers to celebrate New Year’s Eve 1960, its first without the family patriarch. The country is changing with the election of the first Catholic president ...

Thank you to our #MeToo Play Festival audiences and…

With only one show left this weekend for our #MeToo Play Festival, we want to say thank you to our audiences, our sponsors, our actors, playwrights, post-show-panelists, director, crew and our donors. This has been the most powerful work we have done in the five years since the 2nd Act Players came into existence. Theater ...

Opening weekend audiences give unanimous ‘thumbs up’ to #MeToo Play Festival

Opening weekend audiences were overwhelmingly positive in their praise for the 2nd Act Players' #MeToo Play Festival, with 100% of those who filled out evaluation forms saying they would recommend the festival to a friend. In addition, 93% rated the performances as either excellent or good. "These plays and these actors really connected with our ...

Opening night #MeToo Play Festival audience gives rave reviews

The overwhelmingly majority of those who attended the opening night performance of the 2nd Act Players' #MeToo Play festival rated the show excellent and said they would recommend it to friends. Most also said the show would prompt them to attend future 2nd Act Players' performances. "These plays on sexual abuse, harassment, discrimination and marginalization ...