Attleboro Community Theatre (ACT) welcomes the new decade with its production of OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, written by Joe DiPietro and directed by David Blessinger. Nick Cristano may be a young professional in New York City, but his family never lets him forget that he belongs in New Jersey, in the bosom of his tenacious, loud, albeit tenderhearted Italian-American grandparents from Hoboken who lavish all of their affection on their last unmarried grandchild. Faithfully, Nick goes “over the river” to Grandma’s house every Sunday for dinner. When he is offered a promotion in Seattle, Nick considers relocating to Washington. Frank, Aida, Emma, and Nunzio are heartbroken at the idea of their grandson raising a family all the way across the country—or not raising a family at all. Along with emotional blackmail, in order to make him stay, they cook up a matchmaking scheme, inviting a lovely nurse over for Sunday dinner. Will the prospect of true love keep Nick from leaving home? Over the River and Through the Woods is a warm-hearted, boisterously funny, and touching story about intergenerational relationships, deep familial love, and the inevitable little heartbreaks that occur as time passes and children grow.


Friday, February 21, 2020                  8PM   

Saturday, February 22, 2020             8PM

Sunday, February 23, 2020                2PM   

Friday, February 28, 2020                 8PM

Saturday, February 29, 2020             8PM   

Sunday, March 1, 2020                      2PM

Friday, March 6, 2020                       8PM   

Saturday, March 7, 2020                   8PM

Sunday, March 8, 2020                      2PM


Matthew Gousie (Nick Cristano), Robert Messier (Frank Gianelli), Anne Faiella (Aida Gianelli), Alex Aponte (Nunzio Cristano), Alyce Fitzgerald (Emma Cristano), Marissa Simas (Caitlin O’Hare); David Blessinger (Director), Jeanne Smith (Stage Manager), Gordon Smith (Assistant Stage Manager), Dylan Troiano and Gordon Smith (Sound Design), Doug Greene (Lighting Design), David Blessinger (Set Design)

ACT is located in the Ezekiel Bates Masonic Lodge at 71 North Main Street, Attleboro, Massachusetts 02703. Tickets are available online at 


For information, call (508) 226-8100 or visit our Facebook Page @ Attleboro Community Theatre or our web page


Doors open 1 hour prior to showtime. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the show starts.

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Now in its 63rd season, Attleboro Community Theatre (ACT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the arts to the city of Attleboro as well as other towns and cities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island since 1957.

ACT has a handicapped-accessible home at the Ezekiel Bates Masonic Lodge in the heart of Attleboro on 71 North Main Street. We thank Attleboro, as well as our patrons from all of the surrounding communities, for their support over the years and invite you to come join us and be a part of Attleboro Community Theatre. All ages are welcome in our theatre family.