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

A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Peter Nerad

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 ...

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

A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Jean Waller

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 ...

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

Here’s a sneak peek at 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 ...

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   ...


Enter the 2nd Act Players’ one-act script competition

The 2nd Act Players is launching a one-act script competition to give aspiring playwrights a way to see their works performed. Click here for all the details and enter today. Two winning scripts will be performed by the 2nd Act Players in early 2017. "A script competition fits perfectly with our mission to showcase emerging ...


E2 is supporting our production of Remembrance, check it out

The E2 Apartments in downtown Evanston check off all the boxes, and then some, that any luxury renter could have on their apartment wish list. And E2 is a major sponsor of the 2nd Act Players, look for its ad on the back page of our show program for ArLynn Leiber Pressser's Remembrance, Jan. 29-31. ...


2016 — Remembrance, and a lot more

You can help us achieve our goals for the year by becoming a supporter of the 2nd Act Players.


2015 in review

Thanks to all our patrons, audience members and amazing actors and crew. And remember it's not too late to make a donation you can take as a 2015 charitabke deduction. The stats helper prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This ...


Luxury Living for Christmas? Consider E2 apartments in Evanston

The E2 Apartments in downtown Evanston check off all the boxes, and then some, that any luxury renter could have on their apartment wish list. A 24/7 sports court for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer? Check. A party room for fun along with a conference room and PC- and Apple-equipped business center for business needs? ...


8 reasons to See Boys in the Basement

Here are eight great reasons to see Boys in the Basement this Friday, Saturday or Sunday or next weekend, Nov. 13-15 -- our cast and director Mary Reynard. Reynard is a veteran of the Chicago stage and says she honestly has not seen this story told before, how often can you see an original idea ...