The 2nd Act Players is the North Shore’s best-kept theater secret. We’ve been producing new works for the stage since 2013, featuring more than 40 new actors in those shows. We’re the place to come to see stories about how people deal with major 2nd acts in their lives such as divorce, heart disease, war, and caring for an aging parent, to name just a few of the topics we’ve tackled.
The 2nd Act Players evolved out of classes taken at the Actors’ Training Center in Wilmette, Ill., and at the Piven Theatre Workshop to become a vibrant showcase for new works of the stage and new talent. In the five years since it began, it had produced plays dealing with divorce, heart disease, love and death, the Vietnam War and the assimilation of immigrants into mainstream American culture.
Our mission is to foster emerging talent through performances that explore 2nd acts in people’s lives.
The creative bonds formed in our first class grew as others have joined us along the way to form a unique creative family that spans multiple generations and is united by our love of theater and performing.
We seek to tell everyday stories and simple truths in unique and entertaining ways.
The 2nd Act Players in 2015 incorporated as a not-for-profit Illinois-based theater company and has obtained 501c3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.
After a successful 2015-2016 season, it produced i John N. Frank’s latest play, The Institute, coming of age during the Vietnam War in November, 2016 and soon will be showcasing the winners of its 2016 one-act play competition at a one-act play festival for new playwrights in March 2017.
The 2nd Act Players, after years of being a pop-up theater, now has a permanent home in the Northminster Church in Evanston, the former home for 35 years of the Northminster Players.