Meet Tony, the cop, in ‘Old Ringers’

Ryan Hall will be returning to the 2nd Act Players’ stage this fall to play Tony the cop in Old Ringers. Tony is a man trying to change his image who finds his past is still following him despite his best efforts. The show marks Hall’s third appearance on the 2nd Act Players’ stage. He […]

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Meet Diane, the ring-leader in “Old Ringers”

Julie Mitre will be returning to the 2nd Act Players’ stage this fall to play Diane, the ring-leader of a group of friends hoping to score some much-needed cash, in Old Ringers. The play marks the fifth time Julie will be starring in a 2nd Act Players production. She last year played Momma in New […]

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2nd Act Players works with intimacy director for “Old Ringers”

The 2nd Act Players’ fall show, Old Ringers, will feature the work of an intimacy choreographer. This marks the first time the 2nd Act Players has hired someone in this role. The concept of an intimacy choreographer is a relatively new one in the theater. Here, our intimacy choreographer, Sophia Sinsheimer, explains the history of […]

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Elderwerks becomes 2nd Act Players Platinum Sponsor

The 2nd Act Players is thrilled to announce that Elderwerks, a not-for-profit that supports seniors with personalized services through life’s transitions, has become the theater company’s first platinum sponsor. “Our fall show, Old Ringers, takes a humorous look at a serious issue for seniors, namely how to manage their finances. Elderwerks, which helps seniors on […]

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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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