Over The River & Through The Woods
by Joe DiPietro

November 24 - December 16, 2000
Directed by Doobie Potter

Love of family is the mantra that runs throughout this endearingly warm-hearted comedy by Joe DiPietro. The audience is taken on a sweet and sentimental journey to grandparent's house in Hoboken, New Jersey.

 Nick and the grandparents

At the heart of the plot is a tight-knit Italian-American family. Nick Christano is a 29-year old marketing executive who dutifully visits his four grandparents every Sunday for dinners which are governed by "the three F's" - family, faith, and food.

Dinner with the grandparents

One Sunday he has an exciting, though devastating announcement: He's being promoted to a new position in Seattle. As Nick is their only relative left in the area, the prospect of losing him calls for some heavy Golden-Ager artillery.

Paul Smith and Suzanne Charney  Charlie Dickerson

Playwright Joe DiPietro has become a very prolific writer, having penned four plays since 1995. He is best known for his witty musical "I Love You! You're Perfect! Now Change!" and "Over The River and Through The Woods," which have both been long running hits Off-Broadway in New York. Several critics have compared DiPietro's writing to Neil Simon's later autobiographical comedy-dramas. DiPietro says that while the characters are based loosely on his own four grandparents, the plot is completely fictional.

Charlie Dickerson, Paul Smith, Elnora Cullinan, and Suzanne Charney

Speaking about his characters, Mr. DiPietro says, "The biggest difference between these generations is their concept of family and home. They believed that the family was central, and work is something you just do to provide for them. For our generation, it's a lot more complicated.

Chris Crane, Elnora Cullinan, Paul Smith, and Suzanne Charney



Suzanne Charney and Chris Crane

Elnora Cullinan and Sara Phoenix

Nick Christano

Chris Crane

Emma* Suzanne Charney
Nunzio Paul Smith
Frank Charlie Dickerson
Aida Elnora Cullinan
Caitlin O'Hare Sara Phoenix


Director Doobie Potter
Set Design & Specialty Painting Nick Backes
Lighting Design Steven Gillmore
Costume Coordinator Doobie Potter
Set Construction Lance Garrett
Stage Manager Lance Garrett
Asst. Stage Mgr. Linda Clark
Running Crew Steven Gillmore
Helen Hoepfner
Lilia Rendon
Dresser Jennifer Coon
Carpet Layer Mike Barnhart


Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

*In competition at OCTAFEST and AACTFEST 2001, the role of Emma was played by Vicki Wilcox.


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