SFCT Production – Over the River and Through the Woods

Over River

By Joe DiPietro

Directed by Irene King

Cast:
Ani Ashley as Caitlin
Candace Hook as Aida
Ryan Walker as Nick
Shirl King as Nunzio
Tania Gonzalez as Emma
Tom Brady as Frank

“A hilarious family comedy that is even funnier than his long-running musical revue I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. —BackStage “Loaded with laughs every step of the way.” —Star-Ledger

THE STORY:
Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait…we won’t give the ending away here.

About the Playwright:
Joe DiPietro won two Tony Awards for co-writing MEMPHIS, which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. His other plays and musicals include I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE (the longest running musical revue in off-Broadway history); THE TOXIC AVENGER and THE THING ABOUT MEN (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway musical,); the much-produced comedy OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS; THE ART OF MURDER (Edgar Award winner for Best Mystery Play) and the Broadway musical ALL SHOOK UP. His drama CREATING CLAIRE debuted at George Street Playhouse in 2010. His work has received thousands of productions across the country and around the world.

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