Thank you to everyone who supported 2nd Act Players in 2020

This has been a year like few others. Yet, despite all the adversity around us, the 2nd Act Players has remained true to its mission —- thanks to the help of our donors, our sponsors, ticket buyers, actors, graphic designer, wardrobe director, show directors, our board members, and playwrights. When we shut our theater in […]

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opening weekend audiences rave about ’60 is the new 40′

Opening weekend audiences raved about the 2nd Act Players’ 60 is the New 40 Play Festival, calling the four short plays streamed online heart-warming, clever and entertaining. They also applauded the 2nd Act Players’ tech savvy in digitally placing actors in the same video rooms through video editing and green-screen acting. “You demonstrated so much […]

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60 is the New 40 Play Festival premiers in November

Join the 2nd Act Players this November for their fall 2020 online production, 60 is the New 40,eight short plays done over two weekends that look at non-stereotypical ways people arereinventing themselves in their Golden Years. The 10-minute plays run the gamut from funny to poignant but all should prompt audiences tothink about aging in […]

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2nd Act Players to stream socially relevant plays by Southside Chicago author

The 2nd Act Players will present its first online production the evenings of July 24th and 25th entitled More Rivers Will I to Cross — A look at twin pandemics – Racism & Covid-19. The streaming presentation will feature two short plays by Chicago playwright Andre Richardson Hogan II, Raisin Puffs and Line of Duties. […]

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2nd Act Players’ videos now on multiple sites, come watch

Old Ringers cast photo

Scenes from past plays performed by the 2nd Act Players are now viewable through links on two sites run by the League of Chicago Theatres and by a group called Arts for Illinois. The 2nd Act Players began posting clips from past shows in late March after having to cancel it’s upcoming May show because […]

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Entertainment for tough times — check the 2nd Act Players New Video Vault

Theaters around the country, indeed around the world, have shut down because of the pandemic sweeping the globe. At the 2nd Act Players, we have postponed our planned May showcase of 10-minute plays until November. But people need entertainment in these dark days of being stuck at home and fearing any trip outside could make […]

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2nd Act Players postpones spring show, “60 is the new 40,” to fall

The Evanston 2nd Act Players is postponing until November its previously scheduled spring showcase of nine short plays under the theme 60 is the new 40 . The showcase was scheduled to run from May 2-24 with rehearsals starting next week. “The health and well-being of our cast, crew and audience is paramount to us. […]

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It’s #GivingTuesday, help us buy a new light board

Old Ringers cast photo

We need a new light board for our theater. The board controls all the lights during a show, so without a board, no lights. The old board, which was very, very old, literally burned up at our fall show. A lighting repair specialist said he’d never seen a board that old, it was older than […]

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