2nd Act Player roots run through the Piven Theatre Workshop

The 2nd Act Players are about to produce their 24th work for the stage with Cofounder John N. Frank acting in its November show, Old Ringers. But Frank wouldn’t be acting, and likely the 2nd Act Players wouldn’t exist, were it not for the adult acting classes offered by the Piven Theatre Workshop. “I really […]

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2nd Act Players turn back time at Evanston History Center gala

When the Evanston History Center put out a call for actors to help it recreate a 1920s speakeasy for its recent gala, the 2nd Act Players stepped up and made it happen. 2nd Act Cofounder John N. Frank and Carolyn Calzavara took on the roles of club won Spats McGurk and his moll Toots Rollins, […]

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2nd Act Players’ alum shine on Chicago-area stages this summer

The 2nd Act Players prides itself on finding outstanding talent for the stage — actors, playwrights and directors. As a tiny theater, we know we are a first step for those talents to show their abilities and go on to bigger and better things. So we’re always excited to see that happening — and its […]

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Shop Amazon Prime Day deals, Help the 2nd Act Players

Amazon is kicking off its annual Prime Day deals Monday, July 15 with a wide range of deals. If you’re an Amazon shopper, or even if you;re not, you’re likely drooling already. So enjoy the shopping, but do it on this link, the Amazon Smile site where every purchase you make donates money to the […]

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Director hired for 2nd Act Players’ fall show, “Old Ringers”

Mitchell Ward will be directing the 2nd Act Players’ fall production of Joe Simonelli’s Old Ringers, a humorous look at how four retired women find an unexpected way to make ends meet as they cope with their limited financial resources. Ward has extensive directing experience and, also served as the stage manager of the 2nd […]

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Opening Night audience praises actors in Women’s Empowerment Play Festival

Come see what opening night audiences are talking about when they say: “EXCITING, ENTERTAINING.”‘ ‘YOU WILL SEE TWO ORIGINAL PLAYS WITH ORIGINAL IDEAS.” “PROFESSIONAL ACTING.” “THE ACTORS WERE SUPERB.” “IT WAS PROFESSIONAL AND STIMULATING. GREAT ENTERTAINMENT!’ ALL OF THE LADIES WERE FANTASTIC!!! SOME REALLY GOOD TALENT IN THIS PRODUCTION. VERY NATURAL AND NOT “ACTOR-Y”. THE […]

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Experts to discuss Women’s Empowerment plays following May 19th show

A panel that includes sexual abuse counselors, ministers, and an award-winning playwright, will gather after the May 19 Sunday matinée of the 2nd Act Players’ Women’s Empowerment Festival to discuss issues raised by the two one-act plays that are being performed in the festival. “We always see our shows as starting discussions on key social […]

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Yes, we are worth your time; you will enjoy yourselves at the 2nd Act Players

The 2nd Act Players’ Women’s Empowerment One-Act Play Festival is less than two weeks away and we’re wondering, as always, who will buy tickets to come see our shows. We’re already hearing from people who have a million reasons why they can’t come and we know that, deep down, they’re really asking themselves if it’s […]

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Come see Jasmine Richman tackle the ultimate role

Jasmine Richman will be taking on what some might think of as the ultimate role — playing God — in the 2nd Act Players’ Women’s Empowerment One-Act Play Festival May 11-26. The play A Matter of Gender asks why God can;t be a woman, and then goes on to discuss the very nature of believing […]

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