Pandemic Stories Gets Rave Review; Watch it On-demand Now

The 2nd Act Players spring online production, Pandemic Stories, 7 short plays about life, love and loss in the age of Covid-19, received a three-star review from the website AroundtheTownChicago.com. “From funerals and final messages to the repercussions of the stay-at-home orders, this timely show is an intimate take on the effects of current events […]

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What’s your pandemic truth?

We’ve all lived through a year like no other in our lifetimes. What has that done to you, how have you changed? What’s your pandemic truth? Did you…. Worry about the safety of essential workers? Help feed insecure families? Try new online activities? Provide care for a homebound senior? Learn more about your neighbors than […]

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COME FOR THE SHOW, STAY FOR THE DISCUSSION

EACH OF OUR PERFORMANCES THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY AN ONLINE DISCUSSION WITH A PLAYWRIGHT AND MEMBERS OF OUR CAST. STAY ONLINE TO ASK QUESTIONS AND GET A REAL BEHIND-THE=SCENE LOOK AT HOW ONLINE THEATER IS CREATED. HERE’S THIS WEEKEND’S LINE-UP OF SPEAKERS:                   […]

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Preview our ‘Pandemic Stories’ here, then buy tickets for April 23-May 2

Wondering if you want to see the 2nd Act Players spring production, Pandemic Stories — seven short plays about life, love and loss in the age of Covid? Let us help you decide. Here are clips from the three dramas included in the Pandemic Stories. We’ve also posted previews from our four comedies, you can […]

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Meet playwright Rex McGregor, come see his play online

Rex McGregor’s play, The Birds are Feeding Me looks at rising tensions in a condo building as the Covid-19 lockdown goes on. Its characters search for solace in nature, except for one resident who is finding nature a bit too natural for his liking. Here, Rex discusses his play, his writing career and his vision […]

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What are our Pandemic Stories? Watch previews here

The 2nd Act Players will be streaming seven short plays that make up its Pandemic Stories on April 23, 24, 25, 30, and May 1 and May 2. The stories are short plays that address issues we’ve all been dealing with during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are relatable, emotional, sometimes funny, sometimes sad looks at […]

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Meet Manny Schenk, see him in “Pandemic Stories” April 23-May 2

Manny Schenk last appeared with the 2nd Act Players in Moving Boxes, a play about caring for an aging parent while trying to rebuild a broken family. Manny also has a long association with the James Downing Theater in the Edison Park section of Chicago. Here, he discusses the challenges of acting online, the choices […]

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Read about “What Good Did We See Today?” & its playwright

Cathrine Goldstein’s play, What Good Did We See Today?, is a very poignant look at the struggles a father and daughter face during the pandemic as his memory slips away and she strives desperately to help him. Goldstein is an award-winning playwright, and a bestselling author of gritty, real-feeling plays, novels, short stories, and poems. […]

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Read about “to The Zoom and Back” & its playwright

Cindi Sansone-Braff’s play, To the Zoom and Back, looks at a senior couple’s attempt to try to connect through online dating in the age of Covid. Sansone-Braff is a member of the Dramatist Guild, has a B.F.A. in theatre from UCONN, and is a playwright, author, actor, dancer, producer, director, and the co-founder of Tomorrow’s […]

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Meet actor Valerie Gorman, see her in Pandemic Stories

Valerie Gorman last appeared with the 2nd Act Players in its 2019 production of Old Ringers, the last play we did on-stage prior to the pandemic. In Pandemic Stories, she plays a woman trying online dating for the first time in To The Zoom and Back, a West Texas lunch lady in the play Lunch […]

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