Come to see Phil Troyk at the 2nd Act Players

  Actor Phil Troyk will be taking on a fascinating challenge in the 2nd Act Players’ Women’s Empowerment One-Act Play festival May 11-26 — he will play two different characters in the two one-act plays being presented each night of the festival. He’s also the only male actor in the combined cast, matching his acting […]

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Come see Sharon Kushiner play Caroline 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. Caroline is the social worker trying to help Katherine on that journey. Caroline has seen a lot in her career and as she tries to help Katherine , she also […]

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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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Tickets now on sale for the 2019 Women’s Empowerment One-Act Play Festival

Tickets are now available for the 2nd act Players’ 2019 Women’s Empowerment One-Act Play Festival which will run weekends from May 11 through May 26. The festival features two plays that look at female characters rising above adversity and stereotypes. Intentions follows main character Katherine on her road to recovery from a massive past trauma, The […]

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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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Winning script selected for Women’s Empowerment Play Festival

Intentions, a one-act play that follows main character Katherine on her road to recovery from a massive past trauma, is the winner of the 2nd Act Players’ 2019 One-Act Play Script Competition. Jerome Jagielski of Fontana, Wi., is the winning author of Intentions. Intentions will be produced by the 2nd Act Players this May as […]

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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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