Over the River and Through the Woods
By: Joe DiPietro
Director: Diane Conrad Merchant
Twenty-eight year old Nick, an Italian single guy from New Jersey, gets the professional career offer of a lifetime … on the opposite coast from his family. Nick’s traditional Italian grandparents, Frank and Aida and Nunzio and Emma, do their level best to keep their beloved grandson home with them on the East Coast, while a job as a marketing executive calls him to Seattle. Will Nick abandon family to pursue a glamorous and exciting career move, the opportunity he has hoped for? His grandparents wonder if he would stay in New Jersey if he fell in love with a hometown girl. And so the lovely — and single — Caitlin O’Hare is brought in as bait. But will their scheme work? This comedy by contemporary playwright Joe DiPietro is sure to resonate with audience members from university students (soon to face the same career decisions themselves) to extended family members (who have either wrestled with these same choices themselves or have struggled to release those they love to pursue their own dreams). Themes of family, professional goals, tradition, and romance are all presented in a way that reminds us to celebrate the everyday gifts of our lives.