Winter 2020 – Over the River [CLOSED]

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Over The River and Through the Woods

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Directed by David Blessinger

About the Show

Nick is a young, carefree, single bachelor living in New Jersey who spends nearly every Sunday afternoon visiting and dining with either of his two sets of grandparents, who are ethnic Italians. One Thursday, he makes an unscheduled visit to announce that his corporate employer will be promoting and relocating him to Seattle, Washington in a few months. His grandparents are shocked, and dedicate themselves to making Nick stay.


Matthew Gousie as NICK CRISTANO – In his thirties – The grandson.

Grandson, New Jersey Accent, professional marketing executive, ambitious, anxious, panicked, lost, passionate, generous, emotional, loving, angry, exasperated, and frustrated.

Bob Messier as FRANK GIANELLI – Nick’s maternal grandfather, eighty years old.

Italian, Italian accent, immigrant, father, grandfather,  husband, strong, loyal, loving, hard-working, stubborn, intelligent, traditional, musical and musician.

Anne Faiella as AIDA GIANELLI – Nick’s maternal grandmother, in her seventies.

Italian-American, New Jersey accent, wife, mother, grandmother, cook, homemaker, strong, loving, gentle, caring, concerned.

Alex Aponte as NUNZIO CRISTANO – Nick’s paternal grandfather, in his seventies.

Italian-American, New Jersey accent, father, grandfather, loud, enthusiastic, funny, mischievous, storyteller, humorous, loving, sick, ill, dying of cancer.

Alyce Fiztgerald as EMMA CRISTANO – Nick’s paternal grandmother, in her seventies.

Italian-American, New Jersey accent, mother, grandmother, housewife, homemaker, loud, boisterous, clever, loving, strong, enthusiastic, energetic, matchmaker.

Marissa Simas as CAITLIN O’HARE – Attractive and charming, in her late twenties.

New Jersey accent, nurse, friendly, personable, attractive, gracious, hopeful, down-to-earth, firm, vegetarian.

Show Dates

First Weekend: Friday, 2/21 @8pm; Saturday, 2/22 @8pm, Sunday, 2/23 @2pm

Second Weekend: Friday 2/28 @8pm; Saturday, 2/29 @8pm, Sunday, 3/1 @2pm

Third Weekend: Friday 3/6 @8pm; Saturday, 3/7 @8pm, Sunday, 3/8 @2pm

Note: Doors open 1 hour prior to showtime. It is recommended to arrive at least 15 minutes before the show starts in order to check in at the box office and get to your seat.

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