The 2nd Act Players is at it again, presenting two new works for the stage at its One-Act Play Festival opening March 11 and running weekends through March 26. Come see two plays for the price of one ticket each evening of the festival!
The plays being presented are Falling Into Macy by Richard Lyons Conlon, and The Last Days of Wonder by Tess Light. Both are the winners of the 2nd Act Players’ 2016 One-act script competition, judged the best of more than 60 entries. Each deals with significant 2nd acts in their characters’ lives and both will showcase dynamic new talent on stage, in keeping with the mission of the Players. Both also are written by playwrights with Chicago connections.
The plays look at human relationships and the drama, comedy and tragedy that they can produce. “These are stories audiences will readily relate to,” explains 2nd Act co-founder John N. Frank. “Falling Into Macy looks at the eternal struggles of the male-female relationship while The Last Days of Wonder looks at the vexing challenges of the mother-daughter relationship.”
The Last Days of Wonder also will represent the first all-female cast play to be done by the 2nd Act Players.
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Meet the Authors
Playwright Conlon has been a two-term resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and has written more than 30 plays and screenplays. He has worked with a variety of local theatres, including Victory Gardens, The Raven, Theater Wit, Beacon Street Theatre, The Poor Theatre, Temporary Theatre, and the Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee.
His play, No Time at All, was named a Finalist for the 2016 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, while another of his works, Send Forth Thy Mercies, was a Selection for the 2016 William Inge New Play Festival. His dramedy One Time took the Gold Prize in the 2015 Beverly Hills Stage Play Competition. His one-act monologue, Emotional Affair, was the winner at Voices 2014 in Liverpool, England.
Light, author of The Last Days of Wonder, was a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist in 2015 and a 2012 Theater Conspiracy winner. More recently, her drama To Conceive Gods was workshopped at the Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska, and her comedy, The Supper Hour in Hell, premiered at the Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas. She’s had short plays produced as far afield as Australia and Ireland. In Chicago, she’s had a 10-minute sci-fi comedy produced as part of the Paragon Festival put on by Otherworld Theatre Company.
Light was born in Chicago and lived here until age 9. She now resides in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Light came to writing in her mid-30s, so she is in her 2nd Act and exactly the type of talent 2nd Act Players seeks to promote.