By 1812Blockhouse

A heartwarming narrative will soon unfold on stage in downtown Mansfield, bringing laughter, nostalgia, and a touch of Italian-American family dynamics to life. “Over The River and Through The Woods,” penned by playwright Joe DiPietro, is set to captivate audiences at the Mansfield Playhouse with its touching story of family, tradition, and the lengths to which one will go to keep loved ones close.

Family Ties That Bind and Delight

The story centers around Nick, a young, single Italian-American man from New Jersey, who faces the dilemma of a lifetime when a dream job opportunity in Seattle threatens to uproot him from the warm, albeit overbearing, embrace of his grandparents. Nick’s weekly Sunday dinners with his grandparents are a testament to the strong family bonds and traditions that define his heritage. However, the prospect of leaving behind his beloved grandparents for a new life on the West Coast triggers an array of humorous and heartwarming attempts by his grandparents to keep him close to home.

A Stage Set for Laughter and Reflection

Mansfield Playhouse’s production of “Over The River and Through The Woods” promises an evening filled with laughter, poignant moments, and a deep dive into the values that define family and home. The play, which enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run at the John Houseman Theatre for 800 performances over two years, is a testament to DiPietro’s ability to weave humor and depth into the fabric of familial relationships.

Mark Your Calendars

The Mansfield Playhouse is excited to bring this delightful play to its audience, with performances scheduled for March 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8:00 PM, and a special matinee on March 17 at 2:30 PM. Ticket prices are thoughtfully structured to ensure accessibility for all, with special rates for adults, seniors, and students across various show categories including Musicals, Mainstage productions, Youth Theatre, and Second Stage shows.

Details at a Glance

  • Show Dates and Times: March 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 8:00 PM; March 17 at 2:30 PM
  • Ticket Prices: Vary by show category
  • Reservations: Call 419-522-2883 or visit Mansfield Playhouse Ticket Sales
  • Box Office Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1:00 PM-6:00 PM and 1 hour prior to all performances

This production is more than just a play; it’s an invitation to explore the depths of family bonds, the sacrifices we make for love, and the universal search for belonging. Whether you’re drawn in by the promise of laughter, the allure of family dynamics, or simply the joy of live theater, “Over The River and Through The Woods” is a must-see this season at the Mansfield Playhouse.

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