Watch Julie Mitre discuss her character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Julie Mitre will be making her fourth appearance on the 2nd Act Players’ stage this November in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, playing the matriarch of a large Italian-American family in 1960 and 1961. Hear Julie discuss her character here, then click here to buy your tickets to see her, Saturday nights at 7 […]

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Here’s Where the Magic Began

New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House is inspired by parties that took place every New Year’s Eve at playwright John Frank’s grandmother’s house in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Park Slope in 1960 wasn’t the trendy young family mecca it is today. Rather, it was a typical New York melting pot neighborhood where established […]

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2nd Act Players’ #MeToo Play Festival cast announced

Six cast members have been selected from more than 50 who expressed interest in auditioning for the 2nd Act Players’ #MeToo Play Festival. The festival, which takes place May 19-20 and May 26-27 at Northminster Church in Evanston, will present six 10-minute plays that focus on issues raised by the #MeToo movement. Tickets are on […]

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Miss our deadline? We’re extending it

The deadline for entering the 2nd Act Players #MeTooPlayFestival was yesterday, March 15, but with St. Patrick’s Day almost upon us, we’re feeling a wee bit generous and so are extending the deadline until noon central time, Sunday, March 18. That should give you time for St. Patrick Day revelry (the holiday is bigger than […]

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Meet Barbara Blumenthal & come see her play Spark Sept. 23-24

Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich’s play, Spark, begins as Joan’s 25-year marriage with Steve has imploded and the day has arrived for her to move out. To find out more about it, come to the 2nd Act Players’ 2017 New Playwrights’ Showcase Sept. 23-24. Barbara’s play is one of seven chosen for staged readings at our showcase this year. […]

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A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Peter Nerad

Peter Nerad, as The Player in "Boys in the Basement" contemplates a fine bottle of beer.

Peter Nerad portrayed a character who was one of my favorites to write, The Player in our 2015 production of Boys in the Basement. Player was the leader of the boys, regaling them nightly with stories of his female conquests. The Player had no shame, and no limits. Aren’t there times we’ve all wished we […]

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A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Jean Waller

Jean Waller as Kathy O"Malley in "The Institute."

Jean Waller had the challenge in the 2nd Act Players’ 2016 production of The Institute of playing the same character, Kathy O’Malley, at two different points in her life, when she was in high school, and in the present day.And she did it masterfully. Today, “The next show I am in is London Assurance, by Irish […]

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Here’s a sneak peek at Last Days of Wonder

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

The 2nd Act Players will be performing two  dynamic new one-act plays at its One-Act Play Festival March 11-26. The first will be Last Days of Wonder, a look at the challenges faced by an ailing mother and her two adult daughters. Sensible, organized daughter Sue has flown into town to see her sick mother, unaware […]

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Audition for our One-Act Play Festival this Saturday!

The 2nd Act Players will be holding auditions this Saturday, dEc. 3, from 9:30 to 5 p.m. for our One-Act Play Festival which will be staged in March. We’re looking for men and women of varying ages to fill these eight roles. Details are below, se you Saturday! Auditions for its One-Act Play Festival Category   […]

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