What does the Waldorf have to do with Grandma’s House?

When you come to see New Year's Eve at Grandma's House Nov. 3-18, you're going to be hearing about the Waldorf. Specifically, you'll hear about dancing in a Waldorf ballroom. What's that all about? The Waldorf Astoria Hotel is a well-established New York City landmark which now has locations in other cities as well, including ...

What is Stickball? And is it played at Grandma’s House?

Stickball was a quintessential New York City street game in the 1950s and 1960s. A version of baseball, it's played with a skinny bat and a rubber ball. In the Depression of the 1930s, talked about in the nd Act Players' November show, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House, bats were often broom or mop ...

Do You Eat Ravioli? Round or Square?

Ravioli is a traditional southern Italian favorite. In 1960 and 1961, Italian families like the Smaldones who you'll meet in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House this Nov. 3-18, would make their own from scratch rather than buy them pre-made or frozen as people do these days. Within the family, there was always a debate ...

Why Is World War II a part of “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House?”

Roughly 16 million Americans served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II, which last for the United States from December 1941 until August 1945. But our story takes placed on Dec. 31, 1960 and Dec. 31, 1961, so why is World War II a part of it? The reason the war is spoken ...

Who is Guy Lombardo? Find Out at Grandma’s House

For almost half a century, beginning in 1929 and going through the early 1970s, Guy Lombardo was Mr New Year's Eve for millions of Americans. Before Dick Clark and now Ryan Seacreast, it was Lombardo Americans listened to and watched as they prepared to bring in the New Year. He and his band first played ...

Evanston-area merchants, here’s a great, inexpensive, way to show your support for the performing arts

North suburban merchants and service providers, let your customers and potential customers know you support the performing arts in their community by donating a product or service to the Evanston 2nd Act Players' 2018 fund-raising auction. Donations with face values of at least $25 are greatly appreciated. Join returning donors Temperance Beer Co., F.E.W. Spirits ...

2nd Act Players plan first major ad effort for “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

The 2nd Act Players' fall production of the all-new New Year's Eve at Grandma's House will be supported by the five-year-old theater's first integrated advertising and marketing campaign. Ads for the show will start appearing at the CTA's Davis Street L station in October. Print advertising will include the Chicago Tribune's fall play preview and ...

The 2nd Act Players are headed to New York in 2019!!!

The 2nd Act Players' will be mounting a weekend of staged readings of Cofounder John N. Frank's play The Institute next January in New York City. The performances, tentatively scheduled for Jan 25-26, will take place at Frank's high school, Xavier, which serves as the inspiration for the setting of the play itself. "To see ...

Welcome to the cast for “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

Eight cast members, a blend of 2nd Act Players’ veterans and new faces, will make up the cast of the theater’s fall production of the new, two-act drama, New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, announced 2nd Act Players’ cofounder John N. Frank. The play looks at the American immigrant experience through the eyes of an ...

Coming this November: “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

Join the 2nd Act Players this November for a unique look at the American immigrant experience in this all-new, two-act drama, New Year’ Eve at Grandma’s House. An Italian-American family gathers to celebrate New Year’s Eve 1960, its first without the family patriarch. The country is changing with the election of the first Catholic president ...

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