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Engeman Theater To Presents DiPietro's 'Over The River' 8/14

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The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is proud to announce its next production of OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS by Joe DiPietro, a perfect compliment to any Sunday dinner, running August 14 - September 14, 2008. From the author of I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, comes a hilarious tale of two sets of Italian-American grandparents living in Hoboken, and their 29 year-old grandson, Nick. When Nick announces that he wants to move to Seattle, his grandparents are stunned.  Why would he, they wonder, want to leave his family? To his grandparents, who have already lost Nick's sister and parents to distant cities, Nick's desire to leave New Jersey for professional advancement makes no sense. Their plan to keep Nick in New Jersey leads to comical and unexpected results.
 
The Cast of OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS features Joey Piscopo best known for his Off-Broadway one-man show Joe Piscopo'S SON.
 
Press Opening is Saturday, AUGUST 16, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.
 
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
IN ADDITION, there will be matinees on the following days:  Saturday August 3 and Saturday September 6 at 3:00 pm.
ALSO, there will be performances on Sunday August 31 and September 14 at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are NOW ON SALE and are $50.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com , or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.
 
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS is directed by Pat Zaback who returns to the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport after Directing BAREFOOT IN THE PARK for the theater's inaugural season last fall. A Long Island theater veteran, Mrs. Zaback is the Founding Artistic Director of the BroadHollow Theater Company, with literally hundreds of directorial credits to her name in her 30 year career and was recently received 46th Annual George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from Hofstra University, which focuses on identifying and recognizing distinguished and outstanding alumni.
 
The Design Team includes Sonoka Fukuma Gozelski (Scenic Designer) whose numerous assistant set design credits include Jersey Boys (B'way-Westend-Tours), THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION (La Jolla Playhouse), DIE VOEGEL (LA Opera), DEAD MAN WALKING (NYC Opera), RIGOLETTO, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, LA BOHEME, DON GIOVANNI (Sarasota Opera), TWO NOBLE KINSMEN (Public Theatre). She has also been serving as scenic artist as well as scenic designer for the Commerce Bank Children's Theater series at the John W. Engeman Theater. Bobbi Morse who Has been the costume designer for various local Long Island schools, a few semesters as assistant designer at both C.W Post and Suffolk Community College in Selden, was the resident designer at St. John's University, and designed the costumes for ALWAYS. . . PATSY CLINE. Justin A. Partier (Lighting Designer) whose recent credits include IN DARFUR (New York Shakespeare/ Joseph Papp Public Theater), SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, A WONDERFUL LIFE, and ALWAYS. . . PATSY CLINE (directed by writer Ted Swindley) for the John W. Engeman Theater. Katherine Miller (Sound Designer) returns to designing for the John W. Engeman Theater after working on OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY, A WONDERFUL LIFE, JEKYLL & HYDE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ. Mark Adam Rampmeyer (Hair and Wig Designer) most recently designed Happy Days for both Papermill and Goodspeed, he also worked with Cybill Shepherd on her one woman production of CURVY WIDOW for the Post Street Theatre in San Francisco, and has also designed several John W. Engeman Theater Productions including OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY and MAN OF LA MANCHA. The Casting Director is Stephen DeAngelis, who is on staff at Grey Worldwide and most recently cast the new Playhouse Disney series Johnny and the Sprites. The Production Stage Manager is CJ LaRoche who returns to the John W. Engeman Theater after most recently stage managing MAN OF LA MANCHA, and the Stage Manager is Randy Lawson who returns after Stage Managing OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY for the John W. Engeman Theater.

The cast of OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS features:              
 
Joey Piscopo (Nick) who recently attended the Montclair International Film Festival to screen LOVE, a short film he wrote, produced, directed and starred. Other film credits include: the lead role in, Saturday Morning, a feature film with George Wendt. Off-Broadway credits include: His one-man show Joe Piscopo'S SON, THE THREEPENNY OPERA, and UNDER MILKWOOD. John LaGioia (Frank) whose credits include ON BORROWED TIME (Director George C. Scott), Titus Andronicus, AFTER PLAY (Olney Theater), as well as the National tour of BREAKING LEGS  with Vincent Gardenia and Karen Valentine. Elaine Kussack (Aida) who performed on Broadway in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and has appeared on Sex in the City, Law and Order SVU and in the films Dressed to Kill, and ARTHUR. Herman Petras (Nunzio) who most recently played Guslar in the Off-Off Broadway production of MARKO THE PRINCE, has toured Europe and Southeast Asia with WEST SIDE STORY, starred in the National Tours of KISS ME KATE, FAME: THE MUSICAL, and HELLO DOLLY. Caroline Rossi (Emma) who performed throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area earning awards for performances in COME BLOW YOUR HORN and ANGELS IN AMERICA and has appeared on numerous television shows including THE SOPRANOS and AS THE WORLD TURNS. Megan McQuillan (Caitlin) who makes her debut at the John W. Engeman Theater after performances in THE THREE MUSKETEERS and MACBETH  for The Acting Company.

The John W. Engeman Theater is Long Island's only year round professional theater company, utilizing actors from the Broadway union - Actors' Equity Association. Shows are performed year round in the heart of Northport village amidst a scene of elegant restaurants and beautiful boutiques. The newly renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar. For more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900.


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