2nd Act Players head for NYC, ahead of approaching major winter storm

The 2nd Act Players are on their way to New York City for their Jan. 25-26 production of The Institute a little earlier than planned because of a major snow storm rapidly approaching their home base in the Chicago area. "We're small which also makes us nimble. Our first rehearsal for our New York production … Continue reading 2nd Act Players head for NYC, ahead of approaching major winter storm

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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”

‘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!!!

The 2nd Act Players are headed to New York in 2019!!!

The 2nd Act Players' will be mounting a weekend of staged readings of Cofounder John N. Frank's play The Institute next January in New York City. The performances, tentatively scheduled for Jan 25-26, will take place at Frank's high school, Xavier, which serves as the inspiration for the setting of the play itself. "To see … Continue reading The 2nd Act Players are headed to New York in 2019!!!

A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Julie Mitre

Julie Mitre has graced the 2nd Act Players' stage twice in the past two years, first in The Institute and then as a dying mother in our early 2017 one-act play Last Days of Wonder. Writing us in late May, Julie tells us today "I am more involved with my role as Artistic Associate with Akvavit … Continue reading A 2nd Act Players’ spotlight on — Julie Mitre

Review Praises The Institute; Buy Your Tickets Today

The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War, is "Full of comedic relief, creative role changes and shocking plot twists," says a review in the Loyola Phoenix. “The Institute...emotionally connects viewers to the characters as they develop friendships and embody the Jesuit value of being a person for others." "For characters Frankie, Shamus, Patrick … Continue reading Review Praises The Institute; Buy Your Tickets Today

Opening weekend audiences rave about The Institute

Opening weekend audiences raved about the 2nd Act Players world premiere of The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War, calling it "extraordinary"  and "terrific," in evaluation forms filled out immediately after performances Oct. 21-23. "I got chills during the Martin Luther King scenes. Great job," wrote one. "What a compelling story," wrote another. … Continue reading Opening weekend audiences rave about The Institute

Watch Matt Lloyd discuss his characters in The Institute

Matt Lloyd has the interesting acting challenge of playing two major characters in The Institute, Frankie and Sgt. Major Marny. Frankie is a student hoping The Institute will lift him out of the ghetto where he grew up and set him on the path to a better life. He brings an enthusiasm to everything he … Continue reading Watch Matt Lloyd discuss his characters in The Institute

The Media Discovers The Institute — Now it’s Your Turn!!!!

The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam war, already is garnering widespread media attention. The new 2nd Act Players production has been featured in a story on the Chicago Tribune website and in a radio interview with WCGO's Daniel French. Daily North Shore also has previewed the Oct. 21 opening of the show which … Continue reading The Media Discovers The Institute — Now it’s Your Turn!!!!