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

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

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. […]

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

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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Final musings from the director of “The Last Days of Wonder”

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

A creative process that began for me more than a year ago is coming to an end this weekend, so allow an old man some musing time about what an amazing journey it’s been. What I’m talking about is the conclusion of the 2nd Act Players’ One-Act Play Festival this weekend, March 24-26. There are […]

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The Final Weekend — Come See What Audiences Are Raving About!!!

The 2nd Act Players’ One-Act Play Festival has only THREE MORE PERFORMANCES this weekend, March 24-26. You still have time to come and see two one-act plays that audiences have been raving about. “Great, true to life and true about marriage, siblings and the death of a parent” wrote one audience member who attended a […]

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Opening Night Audience Raves about One-Act Play Festival

The opening night audience for the 2nd Act Players’ One-Act Play Festival raved about the performances they saw Saturday, March 11, with 100% of those who filled out evaluation forms saying they would recommend the festival to a friend. All the respondents rated the performances as either excellent or good with none rating it fair […]

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Show Time! Our One-Act Play Festival Opens Tonight!!!!

The 2nd Act Players’ One-Act Play Festival opens tonight, Saturday, March 11, and it’s not too late to buy your tickets for one fo eight scheduled performances running weekends through March 26. What you will see is two one-act plays performed each evening of the festival. Click here to buy your tickets and avoid long […]

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Opening Night is Saturday, Come See Two Amazing Plays

Opening night for the 2nd Act Players all-new One-Act Play Festival is this Saturday, March 11. Doors open at 7 for our 7:30 p.m. curtain call. Buy your tickets today to see two new award-winning one-act plays.

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Here’s what playwright Tess Light has to say about “The Last Days of Wonder”

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

Writing “The Last Days of Wonder” was an act of healing for me — though I generally don’t write confessional or autobiographical plays, this one is largely true. My mother was the grasshopper to my ant, balancing my industry with her sense of fun. Her irresponsible optimism was maddening, and joyous, and terrifying, and infectious. […]

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