Come See Shannon Webber play Katherine with the 2nd Act Players

Intentions is the story of a woman, Katherine, trying to overcome a past trauma so she can once again find the love and joy in life. Shannon Leigh Webber portrays Katherine, bringing a wonderful complexity and depth of emotion to the character. Her early work in rehearsal promises memorable performances. We asked Webber to tell us […]

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Come see Debra Rodkin play Helen with the 2nd Act Players

Intentions is the story of a woman trying to overcome a past trauma so she can once again find the love and joy in life. Helping her on that journey is her mother, Helen. Veteran actor Debra Rodkin will play Helen in the 2nd Act Players’ upcoming May production of Intentions. Her early work in […]

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Meet the Cast for the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Festival

The Evanston 2nd Act Players will be featuring two veteran 2nd Act Players and four newcomers in the cast of its Women’s Empowerment One-Act Play Festival this May 11-26. The festival will feature two plays telling the stories of heroic women. Shannon Leigh Webber The cast for Intentions by Jerome Jagielski will feature Shannon Leigh […]

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Calling all playwrights — One week left to enter our #WomensEmpowerment script competition

Calling all playwrights — only one week left to enter our #WomensEmpowerment script competition. Two one-act plays that look at women’s issues will be performed by our 2nd Act Players this May. “We’re looking for one-act plays that focus on women overcoming major obstacles in their lives,” says 2nd Act Players’ Co-Founder John N. Frank. […]

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2nd Act Players announce One-Act Play Competition, #WomensEmpowerment

A scene from "Last Days of Wonder," a winner of our 2016 script comeptition.

The 2nd Act Players is in search of new scripts, fulfilling its mission to showcase new talent for the stage. The theme for its upcoming spring One-Act Play Festival will be Women’s Empowerment (#WomensEmpowerment). This will mark the fourth new script competition the 2nd Act Players has held since its beginnings in 2013. “We’ve showcased […]

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Thank you New York

The Institute played to two standing-room only crowds at Xavier High School in New York Jan. 25-26. “We were adding chairs each night. Our veteran cast gave performances people will be talking about for a long time,” says 2nd Act Co-founder and the play’s director and author John N. Frank. Frank wrote the play in […]

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2nd Act Players head for NYC, ahead of approaching major winter storm

The 2nd Act Players are on their way to New York City for their Jan. 25-26 production of The Institute a little earlier than planned because of a major snow storm rapidly approaching their home base in the Chicago area. “We’re small which also makes us nimble. Our first rehearsal for our New York production […]

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Meet the NYC cast of “The Institute”

We’ve assembled an all-star, veteran cast for the New York City staged-readings/ premiere of The Institute Jan. 25-26 at Xavier High School in Manhattan. Performances, which are free to the public, will take place each evening at 7:30, lasting roughly two hours The cast (and characters they will play): ALAN ALTSCHULER (DANNY/MR. DONALAN) Alan’s favorite […]

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‘The Institute’ opens in New York Jan. 25!!!

The 2nd Act Players are taking their original drama The Institute to New York for staged readings January 25 and January 26 at 7:30 p.m., at the school which inspired the play, Xavier High School in Manhattan. The 2nd Act Players will be co-producing the play with Xavier Theatre and Film of Brooklyn, whose mission is […]

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