Hear about New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House on WFMT

The 2nd Act Players, in its ongoing efforts to reach a wider audience with its dynamic new works for the stage, this season is advertising on Chicago classical station WFMT, in addition to running ads in the Pioneer Press north suburban papers, in the Chicago Tribune, on Evanston's own WCGO and with the CTA. Our … Continue reading Hear about New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House on WFMT

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Watch Ryan Hall discuss his character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Ryan Hall this year finds himself playing a character in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House who is based on the father of the character he played last year in the 2nd Act Players' drama Moving Boxes.It's not often an actor gets to play two generations of characters from the same family. Watch what Ryan … Continue reading Watch Ryan Hall discuss his character in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Watch Anne Tracy talk about her character, Faye

Faye is one of the Smaldone sisters you'll meet when you come to see New Year's Eve at Grandma's House, a look at the American immigrant experience through the eyes of an Italian-American family in 1960 and 1961. Faye tries to honor her father's wishes even after his death, but doing so comes with a … Continue reading Watch Anne Tracy talk about her character, Faye

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

The family matriarch, momma (Julie Mitre) has been slowed by strokes and cataracts from the days when she led her church rosary society in a wide range of church activities. She's raised eight children through some of the most difficult times in U.S. history but as the party begins in New Year's Eve at Grandma's … Continue reading Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Momma

Two Generations — Clashing Dreams — Come see New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Immigrants traditionally have come to the United States in search of a better life. And they've brought with them their old-world ways as they try to fit into this very new world. Arriving immigrants have taken on the lowliest jobs, worked multiple jobs, done all they had to so their families, and particularly their children … Continue reading Two Generations — Clashing Dreams — Come see New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

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

Sal, like so many men of his generation, went off to fight in World War II and came backed changed forever because of the horrors he saw. Also like his peers, he keeps those horrors bottled up inside, trying to spare his wife and family what he had seen and experienced. But a crisis that … Continue reading Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Sal

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

Stella (portrayed by Liz Lauren), Sonny's wife, is an outsider in a world of Italian-Americans. She grew up in an orphanage in Pennsylvania with one sister. In search of  a better life, she came to New York as a young woman to live on her own during the depths of the Great Depression. With jobs … Continue reading Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Stella

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

Julianna's Irish boyfriend, Bill (portrayed by Jeff Watkins) grew up in the exclusive Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn,a world away from the hard-scrabble Italian neighborhood he now finds himself about to visit with Julianna. His father had been a long-time Naval officer before starting his civilian law career, so Bill came from a professional family, … Continue reading Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Bill

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

Julianna (portrayed by Olivia Cinquepalmi) is the youngest of the Smaldone sisters and brothers, the family baby who came along long after momma and poppa thought they were done growing their already large family. She represents another generation from most of her siblings, having been only a child during the Great Depression and a young … Continue reading Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Julianna