Last year, the Evanston 2nd Act Players sponsored a one-act script competition, in keeping with its 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.

Each of the two winning plays looks at love and its challenges.

“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. Mr. 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 mutual love of a mother and her daughters and them for her, even as her health is slipping away. Ms. Light was a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist in 2015 and a 2012 Theater Conspiracy winner.

The plays will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 and at 3:30 p.m. on March 12 and 19 at 2nd Act Players theater in Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Ave. Tickets can be purchased at