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 […]

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Listen for the 2nd Act Players Sunday on WCGO’s Playtime with Bill & Kerri

Listen for 2nd Act Players’ cofounders John N. Frank and Carolyn Calzavara this Sunday, Oct. 28, on WCGO radio’s PLAYTIME with Bill Turck and Kerri Kendall. Discussion will revolve around New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, the 2nd Act Players’ world premiere play that opens Nov.3 at Northminster Presbyterian Church’s theater in Evanston. “PLAYTIME is […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

She brought light back into his world and so he is devoted to her. She in turn loves him passionately because he is a kind and gentle man who can live with her foibles which sometimes drive her brothers and sisters a bit batty.

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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A sneak peek at the fashions of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House marks a major first for the 2nd Act Players — we are making costumes for all the female actors in our play for the first time. 2nd Act cofounder Carolyn Calzavara is designing and sewing dresses, based on 1950s and 1960s patterns and some she designed herself. Act One takes […]

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