Make a donation, get a 2nd Act Players’ shirt

We’ve told you how you could support Chicago actors by buying a T-shirt, now here’s a way to support the 2nd Act Players by buying a special limited-edition 2nd Act Players’ shirt for only $20! We get $10 for every shirt sold between now and June 15, so hurry, click here to order yours today. […]

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See 2nd Act Players’ Ryan Hall act with Annie Potts, Amy Brenneman and many more stars, Sunday, May 24

See veteran 2nd Act Players’ alum Ryan Hall acting this Sunday in a nationally streamed production of the classic play Our Town with such Hollywood notables as Annie Potts (Ghostbusters), Amy Brenneman (NYPD Blue) and many more. Watchable on Youtube, the performance will benefit the Frostig Center in Pasadena, Calif., which works with disabled children. […]

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First Northern Credit Union’s open during the pandemic

2nd Act Players’ 2019 sponsor First Northern Credit Union, which has an office in downtown Evanston, is open for business during these difficult times. ” Yes, we are open and continue to serve those members that need to visit us in the branch though we strongly encourage use of remote channels like online and mobile […]

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Buy a shirt, help an actor, #chicagoactstogether

Chicago-area theaters have been dark for weeks now and when they will reopen is anyone’s guess. When audiences will feel comfortable coming to see theater again is another open question. All that uncertainty has meant no work, and no income, for Chicago actors, directors, crews and other theater professionals. To help our dear theater friends, […]

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2nd Act Players’ videos now on multiple sites, come watch

Old Ringers cast photo

Scenes from past plays performed by the 2nd Act Players are now viewable through links on two sites run by the League of Chicago Theatres and by a group called Arts for Illinois. The 2nd Act Players began posting clips from past shows in late March after having to cancel it’s upcoming May show because […]

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Entertainment for tough times — check the 2nd Act Players New Video Vault

Theaters around the country, indeed around the world, have shut down because of the pandemic sweeping the globe. At the 2nd Act Players, we have postponed our planned May showcase of 10-minute plays until November. But people need entertainment in these dark days of being stuck at home and fearing any trip outside could make […]

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Winners announced for “60 is the new 40” Play Festival

Plays running the gamut from science fiction to a superhero saga to people revealing long-held secrets are among the nine winning scripts selected for the 2nd Act Players’ 60 is the New 40 Short-Play Festival. All feature main characters who are redefining themselves in their senior years. Characters range from a gay concert pianist to […]

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Veteran playwrights will judge “60 is the new 40” script entries

Several past winners of 2nd Act Players’ new script competitions will be among the first-round judges of scripts entered in this year’s new script competition with the theme “60 is the new 40.” Among the judges will be: Jerome Jagielski, whose play Intentions was performed in 2019 as part of the 2nd Act Players Women’s […]

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