Meet the NYC cast of “The Institute”

We've assembled an all-star, veteran cast for the New York City staged-readings/ premiere of The Institute Jan. 25-26 at Xavier High School in Manhattan. Performances, which are free to the public, will take place each evening at 7:30, lasting roughly two hours The cast (and characters they will play): ALAN ALTSCHULER (DANNY/MR. DONALAN) Alan’s favorite … Continue reading Meet the NYC cast of “The Institute”

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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 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 "creating new works … Continue reading ‘The Institute’ opens in New York Jan. 25!!!

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

Opening Weekend Audiences Rave about New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Opening weekend audiences were almost universal in their praise for the new 2nd Act Players' show, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Comments such as "Great, it was great!" and "The acting was really good," were common on audience feedback forms during the first two shows Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. Other comments: "Timely, serious, … Continue reading Opening Weekend Audiences Rave about New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

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

Tickets now on sale for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY IN 1960 -- TWO GENERATIONS -- CLASHING DREAMS.   Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Act Players' fall show, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Buy tickets in advance to secure the online $5 per ticket discount. Tickets are $17 in advance, $22 at the door. Simply click here to … Continue reading Tickets now on sale for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

A Columbus Day reminder of the discrimination, hatred Italian immigrants faced

Whop, guinea, daggo, greaseball – you’ll hear those derogatory terms and more In New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, a poignant drama about the immigrant experience produced by Evanston’s own 2nd Act Players, November 3-18. In the play, those horrible words sting Sonny, oldest son of an immigrant Italian mother. "The crap I took. ‘Hay … Continue reading A Columbus Day reminder of the discrimination, hatred Italian immigrants faced

Immigration discussions to follow 2nd Act Players fall performances

The 2nd Act Players will host discussions on immigration issues following the first two Sunday matinée performances of its fall play, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. Three speakers active in the immigrant rights arena already have agreed to take part and more have been contacted to participate in the discussions which will follow shows … Continue reading Immigration discussions to follow 2nd Act Players fall performances

Move-in Day for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Saturday was move-in day for the 2nd Act Players' fall production of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. That meant four board members and a volunteer helper spent the morning transporting furniture from our garage workshop to our theater. "This will be the most elaborate set we've ever had," says 2nd Act Cofounder John N. … Continue reading Move-in Day for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

2nd Act Players plan first major ad effort for “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”

The 2nd Act Players' fall production of the all-new New Year's Eve at Grandma's House will be supported by the five-year-old theater's first integrated advertising and marketing campaign. Ads for the show will start appearing at the CTA's Davis Street L station in October. Print advertising will include the Chicago Tribune's fall play preview and … Continue reading 2nd Act Players plan first major ad effort for “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House”