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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Calling all playwrights — One week left to enter our #WomensEmpowerment script competition

Calling all playwrights — only one week left to enter our #WomensEmpowerment script competition. Two one-act plays that look at women’s issues will be performed by our 2nd Act Players this May. “We’re looking for one-act plays that focus on women overcoming major obstacles in their lives,” says 2nd Act Players’ Co-Founder John N. Frank. […]

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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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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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