Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods

From the author of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The Last Romance; and Broadway's Memphis.  Faced with a life-changing career decision, Nick must navigate the scheming shenanigans of all four of his grandparents to make him stay.  Surprises and hilarity abound in this family fiasco.


Director………………..…....Kate Alexander
Scenic Designer………......Jeff Dean
Costume Designer.....…….Yuri Cataldo
Lighting Designer……........Rob Perry


Nick Cristano……........Matthew DeCapua*

Frank Gianelli……........Eric Hoffmann*

Caitlin O'Hare…….......Caley Milliken*

Nunzio Cristano…….....Andy Prosky*

Emma Cristano…….....Marina Re*

Aida Gianelli…….........Rita Rehn*

*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Matthew DeCapua (Nick Cristano) Previously at FST - Brooklyn Boy, The Miamians, South Beach Babylon. NY THEATRE: Morning Star (Peccadillo), The Philadelphia Story, Julia & Buddy (MITF, best actor nom.) REGIONAL: Dracula (Premiere Stages, w/ Lorenzo Lamas). TV: Law & Order, L&O: Special Victims Unit, Blue Bloods (recurring), MTV’s One Bad Choice, As the World Turns. FILM: As I Remember It (w/ Christine Ebersole and Alice Ripley) WEB: Space Dogs, Lucy Knows Love. Graduate of University of Connecticut, proud member of AEA. www.matthewdecapua.com. @mdecapua1

Eric Hoffmann (Frank Gianelli) A New York based actor, director, and teacher, Eric most recently appeared as Bob Ewell in Orlando Shakespeare’s To Kill A Mockingbird. He also recently completed an amazing 3-year run as Officer Krupke in the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story. His regional credits include appearances at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre (3 seasons), Theatre Virginia, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and the St. Louis and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals. He spent nine seasons at Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre as a company member and instructor and his nine seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey include appearing as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Don Armado in Love’s Labours Lost, and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. He has made numerous Law and Order appearances and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Caley Milliken (Caitlin O’Hare) FST debut. NYC: The Dick & the Rose (Cherry Lane Theatre/FringeNYC); Francis Goes to War (The Humanist Project). Regional: Clybourne Park (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Wittenberg, A Christmas Carol (Portland Stage Company); Richard III, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tennessee Shakespeare Company); Othello, The Ladies Man, Leap Year, Cindy Bella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare & Company); Women Beware Women (Constellation Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Antigone (Corning Classics). TV: VEEP. Training: MFA (Acting) Purdue University, Shakespeare & Company.

Andy Prosky (Nunzio Cristano) FST: In The Book Of. In New York City his credits include King Lear starring Christopher Plummer at Lincoln Center. Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest at The Pearl Theatre Company. Regionally he has performed at Arena Stage, Fords Theatre, The Walnut Street Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, The Dallas Theatre Center, The Actors Theatre Of Louisville, The Folger Theatre, and The Cincinnati Playhouse. Internationally, he played at Vienna’s English Theatre. Film and Television credits include Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee, Men In Black, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Great Outdoors, Up Close And Personal, John Adams, Law And Order and ER. He was seen in A Birder’s Guide To Everything starring Sir Ben Kingsley which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also appeared in Amazon Studio’s Alpha House with John Goodman.

Marina Re (Emma Cristano) FST: The Last Romance, Our Son’s Wedding, Boleros For the Disenchanted, Miamians. Proud AEA member for 38 years, with over 100 credits in Regional Theatre, Repertory Companies, USA Tours, Off Broadway, and OOB. AWARDS: IRNE Award; DESERT STAR Award (portraying Maria Callas in Master Class); ”Boston’s Best Performance of Year” include A View from the Bridge, North Shore Fish, Sister’s Rosenswieg, Present Laughter. FILM/TV: Irrational Man (Woody Allen); The Women (Diane English); Primetime, New Amsterdam, Nurse Jackie (www.marinare/info).

Rita Rehn (Aida Gianelli) Broadway: Tony Award winning Nine, A Chorus Line, Royal Family, (with Rosemary Harris) Tours: Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (with Valerie Harper). Off Broadway: Marsha Norman’s Last Dance (with Jo Beth Williams), John Patrick Shanley’s Defiance, (with Stephen Lang); Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady. Off Broadway: The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, Call Me Waldo, Theda Bara Frontier Rabbi. NY Classical Theatre: Misalliance, Hamlet. Florida Studio Theatre: Patsy in Always Patsy Cline, Sylvia, In the Book Of. Dreamcatcher Theatre: As Bees in Honey Drown (Best Actress, NJ Theatre Critics) And the World Goes Round (Best Featured Actress, NJ Theatre Critics). Premier Stages: Humbug (first female Scrooge). Catch Me If You Can (with Jamie Farr, Gretna Playhouse). Clifford Odet’s The Big Knife (with Robert Beltran and Miguel Sandoval. Many commercials and voice work.

Kate Alexander (Director) is the Associate Director of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School. Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including Chapatti; Dancing Lessons; Becoming Dr. Ruth; Freud’s Last Session; Thurgood; South Beach Babylon; The Columnist; Talley’s Folly; Jericho; Next Fall; The Savannah Disputation; Ghost- Writer; Two Jews Walk into a War...; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Sylvia; Shotgun; The Miamians; Brooklyn Boy; The Exonerated; Wit; Proof; Lobby Hero; and Ten Unknowns. Ms. Alexander has also been a resident actress for the past 20 years. Some of her leading roles were seen in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby; Golda’s Balcony; and Taking Shakespeare. Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award, National Council of Jewish Women, The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, Education Award, Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, and most recently The Unity Award. She is also the co-author of The Animated Short, co-authored by Karen Sullivan, with a second edition now available.

Kelli Karen (Production Stage Manager) has been an integral member of Florida Studio Theatre for the past 22 years. Kelli began at FST as a dance teacher in the education department in 1993. In addition to her classes at FST, Kelli has created and taught outreach programs at Care Pointes in Swaziland, South Africa, The Pines of Sarasota, Girls Inc., The Boys and Girls Club, and has taught playwriting at numerous local elementary schools as well as our sister city of Dunfermline, Scotland. Stage management credits at FST include: Inspired Lunacy; Chapatti; Fly; Taking Shakespeare; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Daddy Long Legs; Monty Python’s Spamalot; The Underpants; The World Goes ‘Round; The Columnist; Smokey Joe’s Café; In the Book Of; Perfect Wedding; Jericho; Next Fall; Next to Normal; The Savannah Disputation; Cowgirls; Ghost-Writer; Shear Madness; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The 39 Steps; Beehive: The 60s Musical; Shotgun; Ruined; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Edward Albee’s Occupant; Motown Cabaret; ...and L.A. is Burning; and Always... Patsy Cline.

Yuri Caltaldo (Costume Designer) FST debut, costume designs include Wilde Salome (independent film written/staring Al Pacino), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep – World Premiere), The Glass Menagerie (Brown County Playhouse), Edward II (Yale New Theatre), La Boheme (West Bay Opera), and Street Corner Summer of Love (Foxwoods Casino). Set Designs include King Lear, A Christmas Carol, Kiss Me Kate, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. M.F.A.- Yale School of Drama; Independent study -The Juilliard School; B.A- Indiana University

Rob Perry (Lighting Designer) Designs at Florida Studio Theatre: Freud’s Last Session, World Goes’ Round, The Best Of Enemies, Shotgun, The Wanderers, Brassy Broads, Race, Two Jews Walk into a War, The Last Romance, and Talley’s Folly. Robert has also designed off-Broadway in addition to The Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, LaJolla Playhouse and the McCarter Theatre. He received his MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a member of United Scenic Artists.

Jeff Dean (Scenic Designer) has designed over 200 shows in Florida including Televison/Film. Asolo Repertory, Sarasota Opera Association, America Stage, and Banyan Theatre. For Florida Studio Theatre: Execution of Justice, Invictus, and The Sum of Us. A nationally recognized sculptor and member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, New York, recipient of two Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Awards for Set Design. Jeff recently designed the new theatre spaces in the Gompertz renovation including lobby, cafe, and marquees.

Ryan Kilcourse (Sound Designer) is pleased to be returning to Florida Studio Theatre after designing recent favorites like Hairspray; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Daddy Long Legs; Let’s Twist Again with the Wanderers; and Smokey Joe’s Café. Other recent design work includes: Lost Highway; The Hank Williams Story; Marvelous Wonderettes; Nunsense Merry Go Round Playhouse, The Last Supper, Rising Sun NYC. Assistant Design work includes Disaster! The Musical, St. Lukes on 46th St, Helen on West 86th St, ATA NYC; Damn Yankees, AMAS Muscial Theater NYC; Fly, Crossroads Theater Co. NYC.

"A sweet spot of love, caring and humor" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Relatable and funny" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Memorable and well-loved production" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"A crowd-pleasing night of theater" - The Observer

"Warm-hearted slice of Italian-American life" - The Observer

"Well worth seeing" - Total Theater

"Heartwarming" - Total Theater

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