Audition: Over the River and Through the Woods

Edmonds Driftwood Players

About the project and the company

Over the River and Through the Woods

By Joe DiPietro

Director: Christopher Kidder-Mostrom


Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DePietro is a touching, funny memory play about family love, relationships, and heartbreaks that life inevitably offers. Nick Cristano may be living the life of a modern young professional in New York City, but his loving grandparents never let him forget where he belongs: in New Jersey, in the bosom of his tenacious, tender-hearted, loud, loving, and well-fed Italian-American grandparents, who live two doors down from each other in Hoboken, and who lavish all of their affection on their last unmarried grandchild. Faithfully, Nick goes “over the river” to Grandma’s house every week for Sunday dinner. When he is offered an important promotion in Seattle, Washington, Nick threatens to break this routine by a distance of some 2,800 miles! Frank, Aida, Emma, and Nunzio are heartbroken at the prospect of their beloved grandson raising a family all the way across the country — or worse, not raising a family at all! Besides the usual tactics of emotional blackmail, in order to keep him safe at home, these wily elders cook up a matchmaking scheme, inviting lovely nurse Caitlin O’Hare over for Sunday dinner.



Rehearsal Dates
March 28 – May 12. (Based upon cast availability, most likely Monday – Thursday evenings 7-10 pm and Sundays TBD, until Tech Week which starts Saturday, May 7.)

Performance Dates
May 13 – June 5 (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm).

Location of Audition

Edmonds Driftwood Players Rehearsal Annex located at 200 Dayton Street, Edmonds

Audition requirements

Monologue: Prepare a comedic monologue, no longer than 2 minutes. For those without prepared material, there will be a selection of monologues available for cold reads. Headshot and Resume: Please bring one copy.

Character breakdown / Project needs
(Late 20s – Early 30s) A young marketing professional, a man in his late twenties/early thirties. Nick is intelligent, energetic, agitated, and anxious.
(70s – 80s) Nick's maternal grandfather, a man of roughly eighty. An immigrant from Italy, Frank understands the importance of family.
(70s) Nick's maternal grandmother, a woman in her seventies. Aida equates care and food with love, family, and home.
(70s) Nick's paternal grandfather, a man in his seventies. A true romantic who has dealt with horrible loss, Nunzio carries with him a burden that he refuses to share.
(70s) Nick's paternal grandmother, a woman in her seventies. She found true love with Nunzio and wants nothing more than for her Nicky to have what she has.
(20s – 30s) A nurse, a charming woman in her twenties/thirties. Caitlin is looking to re-enter the dating scene and is set up with an unknowing Nick on a blind date.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

Sunday, March 6, 2022, 1pm-3pm; Monday, March 7, 2022, 7pm-9:30pm

Pay type


Audition location

Edmonds Washington

Pay type

$100 $100

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

(By invitation only) Thursday, March 10, 2022, 7pm-8:30pm

Submission instructions

Go to website provided and click on both links (time slot sign-up and audition survey) to complete the audition sign-up process.

Union Requirements


Website specific to project

Equity Contract