‘Over The River and Through the Woods’ on stage in Lafayette Nov. 9-18

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Award-win­ning theatre com­pany Back Al­ley Pro­duc­tions in­vites you to its pro­duc­tion of Joe Dipietro’s fam­ily dram­edy “Over The River and Through The Woods.”

The show runs Fri­days and Satur­days at 7:30 p.m. and Sun­days at 2:30 p.m. from Nov. 9 through Nov. 18.

The show will be pro­duced at the His­toric Mars Theatre, lo­cated at 117 N. Chat­tanooga St., Lafayette, Ge­or­gia. Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at www.bap­shows. com or at the box of­fice 30 min­utes be­fore show­time. Seat­ing is first come first serve.

“Over the River and Through the Woods” is told from the per­spec­tive of Nick, a sin­gle Ital­ian-amer­i­can fel­lah from New Jer­sey. Nick’s par­ents have re­tired to Florida, leav­ing him to care for both sets of grand­par­ents, whom he vis­its ev­ery Sun­day. That is, un­til he’s of­fered a dream job as a big-time mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive. The catch? It’s a few thou­sand miles away in Seat­tle. The op­por­tu­nity doesn’t sit so well with the grand­par­ents. Thus be­gins a se­ries of schemes to keep Nick around for good.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Dipietro for sev­eral years,” Kaylee Smith ex­plains. “I think it’s be­cause his story is so ac­ces­si­ble to any­one with a big, loud, crazy, fun fam­ily. There are so many mo­ments where you can’t stop laugh­ing. And other mo­ments of ten­der­ness and heart­break that also come with close-knit fam­ily life. It’s es­pe­cially im­pact­ful for my gen­er­a­tion. Many of us are like Nick: we pri­or­i­tize work over fam­ily, pas­sions over peo­ple, and we need a re­minder that jobs and projects come and go. The same can’t be said about peo­ple. When they’re gone they’re gone for good.”

The grand­par­ents aren’t about to lose Nick over a job in Seat­tle. So Frank, Aida, Nun­zio, and Emma set out to do their level best to stop Nick from leav­ing. This in­cludes bring­ing to din­ner the lovely — and very, very sin­gle — Caitlin O’hare. A lit­tle rea­son to stay can’t hurt, right?

“The grand­par­ents mis­chievous­ness is the thrust of the show,” Smith ex­plains. “They have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how to have fun and be con­tent with life. They don’t take it so se­ri­ously. Whereas Nick, young and vi­tal and full of life, is all work and no play. We choose this show for this time be­cause it’s a per­fect re­minder of val­ues, in time for the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day. Novem­ber is busy. It’s fast=paced. It’s tense. There’s shop­ping, and elec­tions, and travel, and fam­ily ten­sion. Dipietro re­minds us that we ought to stop, slow down and spend some real qual­ity time with the peo­ple who may not be here next year.”

Smith adds that any­one can find some­thing in this show, old and young alike.

“I’m so proud of this cast,” Smith adds. “Some of our cast mem­bers have even per­formed the show be­fore. They came back for the same rea­son I di­rected this show: it’s one of our fa­vorites. There’s so much pas­sion in this cast that, de­spite our dif­fer­ent back­grounds, we all feel like a real fam­ily. One that will pro­vide you with laugh-till-you-hurt mo­ments, a few tears, and some im­por­tant re­minders into the value of fam­ily in a fast-paced mod­ern world of de­mands, dead­lines and dreams of suc­cess. It’s our way of say­ing Happy Thanks­giv­ing, re­mem­ber to stop and spend some time with your loved ones.”

Tick­ets are on sale now at bap­shows.com.

From left: Steve Jor­dan, Joan Jones, Zack Jor­dan, Ed Huck­abee and Kitty Reel.

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