Overview


Synopsis

Nick Cristano may be living the life of a modern young professional in New York City, but his loving grandparents never let him forget where he belongs: in New Jersey, in the bosom of his tenacious, tender-hearted, loud, loving, and well-fed Italian-American grandparents, who live two doors down from each other in Hoboken, and who lavish all of their affection on their last unmarried grandchild. Faithfully, Nick goes “over the river” to Grandma’s house every week for Sunday dinner. When he is offered an important promotion in Seattle, Washington, Nick threatens to break this routine by a distance of some 2,800 miles! Frank, Aida, Emma, and Nunzio are heartbroken at the prospect of their beloved grandson raising a family all the way across the country -- or worse, not raising a family at all! Besides the usual tactics of emotional blackmail, in order to keep him safe at home, these wily elders cook up a matchmaking scheme, inviting lovely nurse Caitlin O’Hare over for Sunday dinner. Will the prospect of true love keep Nick from moving across the country? Over the River and Through the Woods is a warm-hearted, boisterously funny, and touching story about intergenerational relationships, deep familial love, and the inevitable little heartbreaks that occur as time passes and children grow. Joe DiPietro’s intimate family comedy featuring a mature cast is a beloved staple of theaters across the United States.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Supporting

Spoken

Female

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
1994
Genres
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
1990s, the Gianelli home, Hoboken, New Jersey
Cast Size
Ideal For
College/University, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes

Includes adult, elderly, mature adult characters

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