Bryan Jansyn on acting

Bryan Jansyn knew he wanted to be an actor when he was in his junior year of college. He had been studying film editing, but wasn’t feeling the passion — until a classmate asked him to be in their student film Watch Bryan talk more about his dream role and his favorite role to date […]

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Why Bailey Lawrence became an actor

Acting means making people feel emotions while they watch her on stage or in film, says Bailey Lawrence, who will be playing Chrissy in Boys in the Basement this November 6-15. What would be Bailey’s dream role? Lady MacBeth, of course. Bailey believes in the Chicago maxim make no little plans. Watch what else Bailey has to […]

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How Chris Johnson got into acting

A search for his creative outlet led Chris Johnson into his acting career. Playing Sonny in New ear’s Eve at grandma’s House, the first play produced by the 2nd Act Players back in 2013, is Chris’ favorite role to date. Watch him discuss what roles he’d love to play as his career advances. Simply click […]

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Who is the Player in Boys in the Basement?

Player is at the center of the dysfunctional men’s club that is at the heart of the Boys in the Basement. Watch actor Peter Nerad, who will be portraying Player, talk about his character. Is Player a misogynist? Is Nerad? Watch his interview to find out. Click here to watch his interview now: Peter Nerad talks […]

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Whiz Kid — you’ll be rooting for him in Boys in the Basement

Bryan Jansyn will be playing Whiz Kid, a computer programming nerd and all-around shy guy, in this November’s 2nd Act Players’ production of Boys in the Basement. Whiz Kid is hopelessly smitten with Chrissy, but doesn’t know how to approach her. Come see him get some bad advice on that from the other Boys in the […]

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Who is Lawyer in Boys in the Basement?

A man who substitutes sex for love, that’s Lawyer, according to actor and playwright John N. Frank who will be playing lawyer in the 2nd Act Players’ November performances of Boys in the Basement. Watch John discuss how he’s drawing on his “wondering in the desert years” to craft his Lawyer character. John Frank on […]

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Who is this guy? Find out at Boys in the Basement this November

Who puts a Hawaiian shirt on his beer bottle? It must be one of the Boys in the Basement characters in the new play that will be performed this November by the 2nd Act Players. Boys in the Basement is a funny yet poignant story of men coping with the heartbreak of divorce. Men cope […]

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Making “Talking with My Dad” Meet Nurse James

Nurse James is a night nurse at our fictional St. Francis Hospital, the setting for Talking with my Dad. He has seen and heard it all during his many years at the hospital where he was himself born. Rather than become hardened by his experience, as have some of his colleagues, he has adapted a […]

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Making “Talking with My Dad” Meet Nurse Strickland

Nurse Strickland is a veteran of the cardiac unit at our fictional St. Francis Hospital, the setting for Talking with My Dad. She has seen it all in her many years in healthcare, the good, the bad and the ugly. A bit world-weary from it all, she carries on out of a sense of duty […]

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Making “Talking with My Dad”: Meet Dr. Chasen

Dr. Edward Chasen is the head of cardiac surgery at our fictional St. Francis Hospital, the setting for Talking with My Dad. He’s been a surgeon for almost 40 years, a man widely respected in his field, known throughout the country for some of the heart surgery break-throughs he’s pioneered over the years. But hallway […]

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