Category: The Institute

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 ...

2nd Act Players’ actor cast in SSP production of “The Front Page”

2nd Act Players veteran Julie Mitre has been cast to play Mrs. Grant in the Chicago-based Saint Sebastian Players' upcoming production of The Front Page this summer. Mitre holds the distinction of having appeared in more 2nd Act Players' productions than any other female cast member in the company's five-year history. She made her 2nd ...

A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Kirsty Collins

Kirsty Collins had a busy 2016-2017 with the 2nd Act Players, playing Miss Salvati, a central character in The Institute which we produced in October and November, 2016, and then serving as assistant director for Last Days of Wonder, part of our One-Act Play festival earlier this year. Now, "I am in rehearsal for a ...

Final Weekend to See “The Institute,” Buy Tickets Today

Being in and out of the hospital has hurt my efforts to tell friends about the show and get them to attend. I'm hoping the many people I know who have yet to come will surprise me and turn out this final weekend.

Veterans Can See Saturday’s “The Institute” Free…and Stay to Discuss It

Veterans will be admitted free-of-charge to the Saturday, Nov. 12 performance of The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War. Play author John N. Frank will hold a discussion session on the play with audience members following the show. "This is our second veterans' night. The discussion we had with four Vietnam vets after ...

Vietnam Vet Exhibits Photos at Saturday Show of The Institute

We want to immerse our audience members, especially those who are too young to remember the Vietnam era, in those times so they can understand the larger context in which the play takes place.

Review Praises The Institute; Buy Your Tickets Today

The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War, is "Full of comedic relief, creative role changes and shocking plot twists," says a review in the Loyola Phoenix. “The Institute...emotionally connects viewers to the characters as they develop friendships and embody the Jesuit value of being a person for others." "For characters Frankie, Shamus, Patrick ...

Shows this Friday, Sunday; we’re let the Cubs have the spotlight Saturday

"The conspiracy theorist in me thinks the Cubs decided to finally go to the big show this year just to cost me ticket sales," says Brooklyn-born Frank, who admits to being a life-long Mets fan. "I think they're just trying to get payback for 1969, the Black Cat and...well you know the rest, including last year's playoffs."

2nd Act Players Announce Special Night for Veterans Nov. 12

The 2nd Act Players invites veterans to see its new play, The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War, on Saturday evening, Nov. 12 free of charge that evening. “We have always been about using our plays to start wider discussion on important issues,” explains John N. Frank, 2nd Act co-founder and artistic director. ...

Watch Matt Lloyd discuss his characters in The Institute

Matt Lloyd has the interesting acting challenge of playing two major characters in The Institute, Frankie and Sgt. Major Marny. Frankie is a student hoping The Institute will lift him out of the ghetto where he grew up and set him on the path to a better life. He brings an enthusiasm to everything he ...