Over the River and Through the Woods
Over the River and Through the Woods
by Joe DiPietro
Nick, a single, Italian-American marketing executive from New Jersey, routinely visits his four grandparents every Sunday for family dinner since his parents retired and moved to Florida. As their only close relative, Nick's grandparents inundate him with family tradition and lots of food. When Nick announces he is being promoted and moving to Seattle, his grandparents are devastated and quickly concoct a series of hilarious schemes to keep Nick from leaving, including introducing him to the woman of his dreams.
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IN THE NEWS
*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Heather Botts* (Caitlin) is thrilled to be returning to Riverside Theatre where she was last seen playing Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Broadway: Doctor Zhivago (Lara/Tonia u/s). Favorite Regional credits include: The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Les Miserables (Cosette), South Pacific (Nellie), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Tarzan (Jane), Grease (Sandy), Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife). She thanks her family and friends for their incredible love and support! Thanks to CGF, Pat, Drew, Allen Cornell, and her OCU family! www.heatherbotts.com
Jon Freda* (Nunzio) has appeared Off-Broadway in his critically acclaimed solo show Imagine Dat! (Jimmy Durante), Wild Children (Carmine), On A Darkling Plain (George), Forclosure (Ben). Off-Off Broadway credits include: Dummies (Golub), Loyalties (Ricardo), A Gathering of Eagles (Roger). Some of his several regional credits are The Miracle Worker (Anagnos), Wait Until Dark (Roat), Born Yesterday (Brock), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (Clouseau). Recent Film and TV appearances: “The Family,” Run, Crooked & Narrow, Friends & Romans, “Law & Order, SVU,” “Nikki & Sara Live.” Recipient of the Outstanding Actor Award for The Cannes Film Festival entrant: Sisyphus’ Supper. www.jonfreda.com. www.jonfreda.com.
Kate Konigisor* (Aida) is thrilled to be making her Riverside Theatre debut. She recently played Rose in Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance and is so happy to be portraying another of his wonderful characters. Favorite NYC and regional roles include the title role in Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s all-female production of Macbeth (Katharine Cornell Award for her performance; Buffalo News Artie Award for Best Production of the Year), Titania/Hyppolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream also for Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Emilia in Othello (opposite Austin Pendleton, West End Theatre, NYC), Shirley Valentine (Gretna Theatre), Ellen in Last Mass at St. Casimir’s (LakeTheatre, Lake George), Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (TheatreVirginia), Gorgeous in The Sisters Rosensweig (Labyrinth Theatre, Dallas), Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, and Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound (Surflight Theatre). Kate is the founder and Artistic Director of the Killington Shakespeare Retreat for 20 actors every Labor Day weekend in Vermont. As always, for Michael.
John LaGioia* (Frank) New York Credits include: On Borrowed Time (Director George C. Scott), Gemini, War of the Roses, Titus Andronicus, Pavlo Hummel (N.Y. Shakespeare Festival), Over the River and Through the Woods, among others. Regional: The Crucible, You Can’t Take It With You (Pioneer Theatre, Utah), Hedda Gabler (Alley Theatre), Enemy of the People (Williamstown), Inner Voices (Spoleto Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pittsburg Public), A View from the Bridge (Manitoba), Antony and Cleopatra (Great Lakes-Cleveland), Loves’ Labour’s Lost and Richard III and Orphans (Cincinnati). A regular in all N.Y. based soap operas, he was Johnny Dallas on “The Edge of Night” as well as roles in “Law and Order,” and “Law and Order, SVU.” IN REMEMBERENCE OF MR. & MRS. IGNAZIO LaGIOIA.
Marina Re* (Emma) Regional: Huntington, Merrimack, Two River, Florida Studio, Gulfshore Playhouse, CenterStage, CT. Rep, Arts Center Coastal Carolina, National Theatre of Deaf, Gloucester Stage, Charles Playhouse, Vineyard Playhouse, CityStage, Lyric Stage. Off- Broadway: NY Classical Theatre, Flea Theatre, Bleecker Street, HB Playwrights. Awards: Desert Star Award (Master Class), IRNE, Sarasota Magazine: “Best Lead Actress” (Boleros for the Disenchanted), “Best Supporting” (The Miamians), Boston Globe ”Best Performance of Year” (A View from the Bridge, North Shore Fish, Sisters Rosensweig, Present Laughter, Italian-American Reconciliation) FILM: Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, Diane English’s The Woman, Iris, Talking To God, Urban Relics. TV: “Primetime WWYD,” “New Amsterdam,” “Nurse Jackie.” www.marinare.info
Sid Solomon* (Nick) Riverside Theatre debut. Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet (The Acting Company); The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It (New York Classical Theatre, Associate Artist). Regional: Guthrie Theater, Virginia Stage, Florida Rep, Georgia Shakespeare, Florida Stage, Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre. TV: "Law & Order". Training: B.F.A., University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater; LaGuardia Arts High School, New York. Proud Member and National Councilor of Actors' Equity Association. www.sidsolomon.com
Director, Scenic Designer: Allen D. Cornell
Lighting Designer: Yael Lubetzky
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Casting: Wojcik | Seay Casting
Stage Manager: Audrey Brown*