Over the River and Through the Woods

by Joe DiPietro

February 23 - March 23, 2024 Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00pm
Sundays Mar 10 & 17 @ 2:00pm

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.

Director Doris Merten is seeking cast members to fill 6 roles.


Sunday, January 7 @ 2:00pm
Monday, January 8 @ 7:30pm

Auditions are held at Theatre Suburbia (5201 Mitchelldale St, Suite A3) on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening following the opening of the prior show. Sign in starts one hour prior to start.

Auditions are open to the public and consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring your resume and headshot if you have them. If not, we have audition forms and a camera. Those cast are required to become a member of the theatre.

Everyone who auditions will receive a complimentary ticket for two to the current production. Additionally, those cast will receive a complimentary ticket for two to their show.

Read through generally occurs the Tuesday or Wednesday following auditions. Full rehearsals normally start the following Monday and run through the opening of the show.

Rehearsals are usually Monday through Thursday evenings, as well as on Fridays once the previous show closes. Additionally, there may be pick up rehearsals on the two Thursdays following opening.

Character Breakdown

Director Doris Merten is seeking cast members to fill 6 roles.

Nick Cristano ( M )

a young, carefree bachelor who spends nearly every Sunday afternoon visiting and dining with his grandparents

Frank Gianelli ( M )

Nick's maternal grandfather

Aida Gianelli ( F )

Nick's maternal grandmother

Nunzio Cristano ( M )

Nick's paternal grandfather

Emma Cristano ( F )

Nick's maternal grandmother

Caitlin O'Hare ( F )

A single young lady

Stick around after the Sunday audition. Theatre Suburbia directors will conduct a short workshop to help you improve your auditioning skills.

Want to get involved, but not sure on stage is the place for you? Theatre Suburbia is always looking for volunteers to help out with a variety of things.

Feel free to drop by the theatre during auditions to get a feel for the place, meet others involved here and get more information.

Cast & Crew

Doris Merten

Doris Merten