Talking with My Dad venue, dates set for November! Six performances of "Talking with My Dad" will be scheduled for the weekends of Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 23-24 at the renowned Piven Theatre in Evanston, Il. Evanston's 2nd Act Players has a tentative agreement with Piven to rent its space for this fall's production. This ...


Talking with My Dad

THE STORY A man is rushed to the hospital on a quiet Saturday afternoon. He's experiencing unexplained chest pains. Doctors can't find a cause but prepare him for the worst. He must wait 48 hours before exploratory surgery can be performed. In that time, all his old feelings about his father's death from heart attack ...


Photos from New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

All photos by Mark Gordan


What’s Next at Grandma’s House?

Our first production of New Year's eve at Grandma's House April 13 was a smashing success. Our two shows played to sold-out houses. We even had to bring in extra chairs for the 8 p.m. show to accommodate all the people waiting to get in. So what's next? We had two great audience talk-backs that gave us ...


Why I Wrote New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Everyone has family stories to tell, so why did I take mine and craft a play out of them? Part of it was a challenge from our wonderful teacher and director Ryan Kitley. After finishing a class with him last year, he mentioned he wanted to teach a performance class – one class devoted to ...


New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House is Sold Out

The response to our one-act play has been truly amazing; we have sold out tickets for both performances as of Wednesday of this week. While we had hoped to sell out, we thought it would happen from last-minute people walking up to buy tickets the night of the show, not in advance like this. We ...


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

Sonny is the younger of the two Smaldone brothers. Yo won't meet his older brother Johnny at the party but you will hear about him. As the youngest, Sonny is momma's baby and the boy she watches over most closely. He returns the affection by visiting every day even though he only lives across the street. A "big lug" in ...


Why Is World War II 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, so why is World War II a part of it? The reason the war is spoken about in our story ...


Do You Eat Ravioli? Round or Square?

Ravioli is a traditional southern Italian favorite. In 1960, Italian families like the Smaldones 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 about which tasted better, round ravioli or square ones. Del, who you will meet in ...

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