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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‘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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Audiences loved ‘New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House’ 85% recommend it

New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House garnered an 85% positive ranking from those who saw it during its three-week run this November, saying they would recommend it to a friend. Also, 96% said in audience feedback forms that they found the characters true-to-life and 99% said they found the story of an immigrant family struggling […]

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Shop Amazon this holiday season, help the 2nd Act Players

Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season. If you’re planning to shop at Amazon, do it through this link to Amazon Smile where a percentage of every purchase will be donated to the 2nd Act Players! It’s a simple and painless way to support local theater, really. Nothing could be simpler and […]

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Your last chance to see ‘New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House’

This weekend will be the final two performances of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House by the 2nd Act Players at Northminster Church, Evanston. Audiences so far have loved it, with 85% saying they’d recommend it to a friend. We’re hoping to see some of those friends at this weekends shows, Saturday at 7 and […]

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