Evanston magazine profiles 2nd Act Players

Creativity can not occur in a vacuum, so every time we get recognition like this article, it encourages us to go on with our efforts to showcase new writers and new actors at the 2nd Act Players.

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Meet the authors featured at 2nd Act’s One-Act Play Festival

The 2nd Act Players will be producing two plays as part of its One-Act Play festival March 11-26. The plays are Falling Into Macy by Richard Lyons Conlon, and The Last Days of Wonder by Tess Light. Playwright Conlon has been a two-term resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and has written more than 30 plays […]

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Veterans Can See Saturday’s “The Institute” Free…and Stay to Discuss It

Veterans will be admitted free-of-charge to the Saturday, Nov. 12 performance of The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War. Play author John N. Frank will hold a discussion session on the play with audience members following the show. “This is our second veterans’ night. The discussion we had with four Vietnam vets after […]

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The Institute — the start of a discussion on veteran issues

The 2nd Act Players fall production will be the world premiere of a new two-act play, The Institute, coming of age during the Vietnam War. Journey back to the turbulent 1960s with us and, in addition to the play itself, we will be cosponsoring a number of events that will look at key issues of […]

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Remembrance marks a successful co-production for 2nd Act Players

ArLynn Leiber Presser’s Remembrance played to near sold-out houses for its limited three-show engagement at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in late January. The play marked the first co-production by the 2nd Act Players and the end of the 2nd Act Players first full season of plays in Evanston. More than 170 theater goers saw one of the […]

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See Jack Ruocco as Spence in Remebrance

If Jack could pick his dream role, it would be to be a superhero in an X-Men or Justice League-type film, swatting way bad guys and saving the earth from ultimate destruction.

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Why are the Boys in the Basement?

Boys in the Basement is a story about divorced men trying to cope, often badly, with the pain and loss that divorce brings. It’s an unapologetic look at divorce from a man’s perspective, one rarely if ever conveyed on the stage before. The characters all live in the same suburban apartment building and get together […]

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Tickets are on sale for our six November shows

Tickets are now on sale for the six performances planned for the Evanston 2nd Act Players’ new production, Talking with my Dad, the story of a man facing death while haunted by the memories of his past. Buy your tickets now before we sell out, as we did for all performances of our 2013 production, […]

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