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The Elgin Theatre Company continues its 2018-2019 season with its production of Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro.



The title of the play comes from a popular song that is often sung around Thanksgiving and Christmas. The first verse of the song is:

“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.”

This song brings back memories of family get-togethers during happy times, and the love of family is the theme that runs throughout this warm-hearted comedy. The play takes place in a house in Hoboken, New Jersey, and concerns itself with the lives of an Italian-American family.

Nick Cristano is a young marketing executive who routinely visits his four grandparents every Sunday for dinners which are governed by the three “F’s" - family, faith, and food. One Sunday he has an exciting, though devastating announcement for his grandparents: He is being promoted to a new position in faraway Seattle, Washington. Since Nick is their only relative left in the area, the thought of losing him calls for drastic action on the part of the grandparents.

The solution? Introduce him to the woman of his dreams. So, one day, Caitlin O'Hare comes to dinner. Nick likes her and starts thinking that staying in New Jersey might not be such a bad idea. But his future and his dreams are in Seattle. As his decision gets closer, Nick faces the tough question, "How much do you owe the people who care for you? How much is enough?" In the process of making his decision he learns not only how much he is loved by his grandparents, but also how much they mean to him.



Joe DiPietro

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Speaking about the characters in Over the River and Through the Woods, the author, Mr. Joe DiPietro, says, "The biggest difference between these generations is their concept of family and home. Our grandparents believed that the family was central, and work is something you do just to provide for them. For our generation, it's a lot more complicated."

Performances of in Over the River and Through the Woods will be held on February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24, 2019. All performances will be held at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., 8th Floor, Elgin, IL 60120. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances start at 2:00 p.m.

For ticket information, including prices, click on the 'tickets' entry on the menu bar at the top of this screen or click HERE.


Sunday performances will be interpreted for the hearing impaired by a Signing Actor.


Over the River and Through the Woods is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.




This production is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.






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