2nd Act Players examine immigration issues


The 2nd Act Players this November will take a unique look at the American immigrant experience in a world premiere of the two-act drama “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House.”

An Italian-American family gathers to celebrate New Year’s Eve 1960, its first without the family patriarch. The country is changing with the election of a Catholic president and the family is changing as well, its younger members wondering what they must do to be accepted as being truly American.

Must they sacrifice their heritage? What does becoming ‘American’ mean? And can the family stay together as turbulent events swirl around them?

The 2nd Act Players, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, staged a one-act version of this poignant drama in 2013, it’s first-ever production.

This new two-act version, will be performed on Saturdays and Sundays the first three weekends in November. The first two Sunday matinees will be followed by panel discussions on the immigrant experience in today’s America with guest speakers intimately involved in the immigrant experience.

2nd Act Cofounder John N. Frank authored the play and will direct.

Award-winning actor Aayisha Humphrey will serve as assistant director and stage manager for the play, which opens Nov. 3. Humphrey directed the 2nd Act Players’ recent #MeToo Play Festival and also served as assistant director for its 2017 production of Moving Boxes.

“Aayisha is amazingly creative, I am so thrilled to be working with her again,” says Frank.

Cast members are Julie Mitre, Ryan Hall, Jeff Watkins, Gina Palmer, Melissa Reeves, Phil Troyk, Anne Tracy and Olivia Cinquepalmi.

“Julie, Ryan, Jeff and Gina have been in past shows we’ve done, so we’ve seen their talent on our stage before and are so happy to have them back with us for this new adventure in storytelling. Melissa, Phil, Anne and Olivia are new to the 2nd Act Players and each impressed us mightily in their auditions. I know audiences will enjoy the entire cast,” says Frank.

Tickets are available for $17 in advance on Brownpapertickets.com, $22 at the door. Show dates are Saturdays, Nov. 3rd, 10th and 17th at 7:30 p.m., Sundays, Nov. 4th, 11th and18th at 3 p.m. All shows will be in the Northminster Presbyterian Church Theater, 2515 Central Park Ave., Evanston, the 2nd Act Players home.

For more information, contact: [email protected] or call 224-307-4190.



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