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2nd Act Life Stories

Featuring life stories by people of a certain age, 2ND ACT launched in September 2018 to critical and patron acclaim. 2ND ACT is a monthly storytelling series featuring ordinary people sharing the extraordinary things they are doing in the 2ND (half) ACT of their lives.

Inspirational, experiential and comical, these after-50 life stories will ignite your own imagination to join the growing community of 2ND ACTers!

Stories are 45–60 minutes in length followed by Q&A with the audience. Light fare will be provided before each presentation in the series.

Join us for stories by ordinary people doing extraordinary things that will inspire YOU to write your own 2ND ACT!


September 17, 2019  Pat Addiss, Broadway Producer
October 29, 2019 Jillian Celentano, Transgender Advocate
November 16, 2019 Lisa Lampanelli, Comedian (special main-stage presentation)
December 10, 2019 Tanya Detrik, Author
January 11, 2020 Karenna Alexander, Relationship Coach
February 1, 2020 
Kate Katcher, Author / Director
March 3, 2020 Jack Levine, Comedian
April 21, 2020 Sharon Ruchman, Violist / Composer
May 19, 2020 Donna Palomba, Advocate
June 23, 2020 Rich Cyr, Author / Comedian

All weekday presentations are at 6pm. Saturday presentations are at 12pm.


» Individual Presentations — $25/act

» Choose 5 or more & save! — $20/act (excluding Lisa Lampanelli)
      Add Lisa Lampanelli's Losin' It! — Save 10%

Purchase a 5+ Presentation Package »
Please call the Box Office at 203.346.2000 if you would like to create a package with Lisa Lampanelli.

Future Presenters

Contact Sheree Marcucci at 203.346.2008 or marcucci@palacetheaterct.org if you or someone you know might be interested in being a presenter for the 2ND ACT series or for more information.

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  • Date:February 01, 2020

    2ND ACT: Kate Katcher

  • Date:March 03, 2020

    2ND ACT: Jack Levine

  • Date:April 21, 2020

    2ND ACT: Sharon Ruchman

  • Date:May 19, 2020

    2ND ACT: Donna Palomba

  • Date:June 23, 2020

    2ND ACT: Rich Cyr