Hear about New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House on WFMT

The 2nd Act Players, in its ongoing efforts to reach a wider audience with its dynamic new works for the stage, this season is advertising on Chicago classical station WFMT, in addition to running ads in the Pioneer Press north suburban papers, in the Chicago Tribune, on Evanston's own WCGO and with the CTA. Our ...

Speakers added to 2nd Act Players’ Nov. 11 immigration panel

The 2nd Act Players' November play, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House looks at the American immigrant experience circa 1960. Its first two Sunday shows, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11, will be followed by panel discussions on issues immigrants face today. Speakers for the Nov. 11 panel will include: Fernando Moreno, chief operations officer, SpanishPublicRadio.org ...

Watch Ryan Hall discuss his character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Ryan Hall this year finds himself playing a character in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House who is based on the father of the character he played last year in the 2nd Act Players' drama Moving Boxes.It's not often an actor gets to play two generations of characters from the same family. Watch what Ryan ...

Watch Anne Tracy talk about her character, Faye

Faye is one of the Smaldone sisters you'll meet when you come to see New Year's Eve at Grandma's House, a look at the American immigrant experience through the eyes of an Italian-American family in 1960 and 1961. Faye tries to honor her father's wishes even after his death, but doing so comes with a ...

Listen for the 2nd Act Players Sunday on WCGO’s Playtime with Bill & Kerri

Listen for 2nd Act Players' cofounders John N. Frank and Carolyn Calzavara this Sunday, Oct. 28, on WCGO radio's PLAYTIME with Bill Turck and Kerri Kendall. Discussion will revolve around New Year's Eve at Grandma's House, the 2nd Act Players' world premiere play that opens Nov.3 at Northminster Presbyterian Church's theater in Evanston. "PLAYTIME is ...

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Momma

The family matriarch, momma (Julie Mitre) has been slowed by strokes and cataracts from the days when she led her church rosary society in a wide range of church activities. She's raised eight children through some of the most difficult times in U.S. history but as the party begins in New Year's Eve at Grandma's ...

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Del

Del, unlike all her sisters, never married and as the last unmarried daughter, it became her job to care for her aging parents.

Two Generations — Clashing Dreams — Come see New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Immigrants traditionally have come to the United States in search of a better life. And they've brought with them their old-world ways as they try to fit into this very new world. Arriving immigrants have taken on the lowliest jobs, worked multiple jobs, done all they had to so their families, and particularly their children ...

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Sal

Sal, like so many men of his generation, went off to fight in World War II and came backed changed forever because of the horrors he saw. Also like his peers, he keeps those horrors bottled up inside, trying to spare his wife and family what he had seen and experienced. But a crisis that ...

Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Faye

She brought light back into his world and so he is devoted to her. She in turn loves him passionately because he is a kind and gentle man who can live with her foibles which sometimes drive her brothers and sisters a bit batty.

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