Last year, the Evanston 2nd Act Players, led by 37 year Evanston resident, John Frank,  sponsored their first-ever one-act script competition, in keeping with the mission to showcase new talent about easily relatable, second acts in people’s lives. More than 60 entries flooded in from playwrights across the country, all of whom had a Chicago connection.

The two winning plays each look at love and its challenges, whether it be the falling in and out of love that couples go through or the love of a terminally ill mother for her daughters and them for her.

Falling Into Macy by Richard Lyons Conlon looks at love between men and women from the viewpoints of two couples, one falling out of love, one never quite falling into it. Playwright Conlon has been a two-term resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and has written more than 30 plays and screenplays.

The Last Days of Wonder by Tess Light looks at the love of a mother for her daughters and them for her, even as her health is slipping quickly away. Light was a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist in 2015 and a 2012 Theater Conspiracy winner. 
We invite you to support this emerging non-profit theater group during the one-act play festival. All performances March 11 – March 26 are conveniently held at 2nd Act Players theater in Northminster Presbyteries Church in Evanston. Address is 2515 Central Park Avenue, Evanston. The nearest Metra stop is Evanston Central Street. There is a bus that runs down Central Street to Central Park Avenue, or it is an inexpensive Uber/Lyft ride.

Dates, times and special experiences:

3.11 @ 7:30 pm Opening Night- night for media & finalists;  meet & mingle with cast and crew from both plays
3.12 @ 3:30 pm Talk Back with Director and Playwright
3.17 @ 7:30 pm St Patrick’s Day – Do you have the luck of the Irish? At intermission all audience members will receive a  lottery ticket – plus, meet & mingle with cast of The Last Days of Wonder
3.18 @ 7:30 meet & mingle with cast of Falling for Macy
3.19 @ 3:30 pm
3.24 @ 7:30 pm meet & mingle with cast of The Last Days of Wonder
3.25 @ 7:30 pm meet & mingle with cast of Falling for Macy

Tickets are $22 each and can be purchased at:
Thank you for your consideration!