The 2nd Act Players — who we are

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.

Del and Faye

Del and Faye

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.

Loren Seidner and Chris Johnson in "Talking with My Dad."

Loren Seidner and Chris Johnson in “Talking with My Dad.”

John N. Frank and Caolyn Calzavara in our 2013 production, New Year's Eve at Grandma's House.

John N. Frank and Caolyn Calzavara in our 2013 production, New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House.

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.

The Boys in the Basement, our fall, 2016 production, played to near sold-out houses.

The Boys in the Basement, our fall, 2016 production, played to near sold-out houses.

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 Institute

The Institute

 

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.

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