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Old Ringers

Joe Simonelli


2nd Act Players
Northminster Presbyterian Church
Evanston, Illinois, Fall 2019

Four Senior women amid intense economic struggles must find a more creative way to earn a decent income. For its sold-out run, Ward's production, placed in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, is unrelentingly humorous. 

"We all agreed early on that this was an opportunity to truly represent the performance range of older actors," Ward says. Watching these women jump around the stage, cracking whips and wearing sexy lingerie, you definitely forget the grandmothers you've seen them play in more traditional plays. 

"Darling. Funny. Truthful. Loved seeing seniors. I'm one."


Production Team


Stage Manager: Kathryn McNall

Assistant Director: Carolyn Frank

Intimacy: Sophia Sinsheimer

Costuming: Carolyn Frank

Lighting Consultation: Ruth Hudson

Director: Mitchell J. Ward


Amanda: Camille Oswald

Diane: Julie Mitre 

Verna: Debra Rodkin  

Kathy Ann: Sandy Gulliver 

Rose: Valerie Gorman

Harry: John Frank

Tony: Ryan Hall 

Photos by Jerry Alt

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