Talking with My Dad, the just-concluded fall production from the Evanston 2nd Act Players, achieved new heights for our fledgling theater company. Ticket sales surpassed those of our 2013 production, New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, by more than 100.
The Evanston Review gave us our first print coverage this year with a wonderful story about how my near fatal heart condition led to my new twin avocations of playwrighting and acting.
And audiences for both weekends of shows overwhelming endorsed the production, saying they would recommend it to friends, found the characters believable and thought our ensemble worked very we together on stage.
My thanks to everyone who got us here, from our patrons who donated to our initial fundraising campaign, to the teachers who prepared us for this, to our preview audience and our show-night audiences as well. And of course to the Piven Theatre which was our adopted home for the production.
The Evanston 2nd Act Players are in the process of incorporating as a not-for-profit theater company. We’re also searching for a home for our new Turning Point Theater, with a mission of showcasing works from new playwrights about significant turning points in people’s lives.
Our 2015 show will be The Boys in the Basement, another original work of mine about an apartment house full of divorced men and their broken dreams. Watch for details as that develops.