Monday, March 20, 2006

Over the River and through the Woods to Washington College's Stage, March 24 and 25

Chestertown, MD, March 20, 2006 — Washington College's Drama Department presents Over the River and Through the Woods, a senior thesis directed by Cindy Orndorf and written by Joe DiPietro, March 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre. No reservations are required and the public is invited to attend. For show information, call 410-778-7835 or e-mail

Close to his tight-knit Italian-American family in Hoboken, New Jersey, Nick Christano, played by senior Brian Cornelius, dutifully visits his four grandparents every Sunday for dinners that focus on "the three F's"—family, faith, and food. When he announces his plan to take a job promotion in Seattle, Washington, drama erupts as his grandparents dole out their advice, conspire, cook, and cajole him to stay.

Often compared to Neil Simon's later autobiographical comedy-dramas, DiPietro loosely based Over the River and Through the Woods on his own four grandparents. "Everyone has known at least one person like these characters," comments director Orndorf, "I love this play for that reason, but also because it forces both older and younger generations to adapt their ways of thinking to deal with changes in society and their own positions in the world."

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