Over the River and Through the Woods

by Joe DiPietro
presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

The Westborough Players’ Club is excited to announce auditions for “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Joe DiPietro. This funny, yet charming and poignant, story involves Nick, a young man with four very Italian, and very old-word, grandparents. Nick is struggling with a decision to take a promotion at work and move across the country. But, with his parents retired to Florida and his sister in California he is the only family his grandparents have left in New Jersey. Can he live with the decision to leave? More importantly, can he successfully evade all the tricks his grandparents use to get him to stay?

Auditions will be held on April 10 & 11 at 7:00 PM at the Harvey Building (20 Phillips St., Westborough, MA). Actors are asked to arrive between 7:00 and 7:45 PM. Audition material will be provided and no preparation is necessary. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday April 18, and will be Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings through June (schedule may vary depending on cast availability).

Performances will be at the Willows of Westborough (1 Lyman St., Westborough) June 16, 17, 23, & 24 at 8:00 PM with a matinee on June 25 at 2:00 PM. There is a possibility for a special performance on Thursday, Jun 22 at 7:00 PM.

Character Descriptions:

Nick:  (Late 20’s/early 30’s) Has a career in advertising and is struggling with the thought of leaving his aging grandparents to take a promotion across the country.

Frank: (75-80 years old) Nick’s grandfather who moved to America from Italy when he was 14. Family is everything to him.

Aida: (70-75 years old) Nicks grandmother, a traditional Italian grandma who thinks all problems can be solved by food. She is Frank’s wife.

Nunzio: (70-75 years old) Nicks other grandfather; he is a romantic family man and has a secret he doesn’t want the family to know.

Emma: (70-75 years old) Nicks other grandmother and Nunzio’s wife. She is also a traditional Italian grandmother who thinks all problems can be solved by finding the right spouse.

Caitlin: (late 20’s/early 30’s) A nurse who Nicks grandmother knows and sets up with Nick on a blind date.


If you have any questions, please contact director, Brian Kelly at