Who are the Evanston 2nd Act Players?

So who are the Evanston 2nd Act Players? A group of actors brought together by their love of theater and the telling of simple stories that touch everyone’s lives.

The core of the troupe, including teacher/director Ryan Kitley, met in a 2012 acting class. Some went on to workshop New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House in late 2012 and again in early 2013 to prepare it for the production you will see April 13.

To read bios of the entire cast, plus of our wonderful stage manager Claire Shavzin, click here to go to our cast page. More bios will be appearing there on a regula

Melissa Chang

Melissa Chang

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John N. Frank

John N. Frank

Natalie Jacobson

Natalie Jacobson

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Director Ryan Kitley

Director Ryan Kitley

April Cowgur

April Cowgur

Rinat Urman

Rinat Urman

Patrick Thornton

Patrick Thornton

Rehearsals Have Begun for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

The 10-person cast for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House is having a busy few days. They held their first rehearsal with teacher/director Ryan Kitley Monday night, running through the entire play.

A few days earlier, several cast members were allowed access to the theater in Evanston where the show will be performed April 13 and rehearsed on their own in the setting where they will bring the characters in Grandma’s House to life for two performances April 13.

Cast members getting accustomed to where they will perform April 13.

Cast members getting accustomed to where they will perform April 13.

The two exercises sent playwright John N. Frank back to his keyboard to rework several scenes to make them more theatrical.

“It’s an interesting exercise writing characters based on real people,” Frank says. “They have to be entertaining all the time, something real people often aren’t, and that means changing some events or personality traits. I just hope the relatives I based these characters on don’t come back to haunt me too badly after they see the final product.”