Pentacle Theatre opens its 2022 season with the modern comedy, Over the River and Through the Woods, by Joe DiPietro, directed by Jo Dodge. The show runs Feb. 4-26.

Nick is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until Nick has to tell them he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for—marketing executive—means moving to Seattle, far away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents.

Nick tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around.

Meet the cast:

  • Zach DuFault as Nick Cristano—A single and up-and-coming professional.
  • Deborah Goins Johansen as Aida Gianelli — Nick’s maternal grandmother.
  • Walter Haight as Frank Gianelli—Nick’s maternal grandfather.
  • Tim Jaeger as Nunzio Cristano—Nick’s paternal grandfather.
  • Jennifer Gimzewski as Emma Cristano—Nick’s paternal grandmother.
  • Allison Reid as Caitlin O’Hare—A single young nurse Nick’s grandparents invite to dinner in hopes of sparking a romance that will keep Nick from moving to Seattle.

Know before you go
What: Over the River and Through the Woods, by Joe DiPietro.
Directed by Jo Dodge. Sponsored by The Paul C. Bower and Robin E. Bower Family Trust.

When: Friday, Feb. 4–Saturday, Feb. 26.
Evening performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m.
Doors open one hour before curtain.

Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, off Highway 22 about 6 miles west of downtown Salem.

Tickets online: Buy tickets online at
Frontline healthcare workers and people who hold an Oregon Trail Card are eligible for a 50 percent discount.

Audience suitability: All ages.

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COVID-19 protocols

Mask Requirement: To attend a Pentacle Theatre production, you must wear a mask at all times in the auditorium, except to take a brief sip of water. This means the mask must cover both your mouth and nose. Masks must have at least three layers, for example a surgical mask or KN95 mask. No gaiters, mesh masks or bandanas allowed.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine OR Negative Test. There are two options:

  • Provide proof of vaccination at the door showing that you are fully vaccinated, including a booster if you are eligible.


  • Provide evidence at the door of a negative COVID-19 test result from a pharmacy or clinic. The test must be within 48 hours of the performance time.

For everyone’s health and safety:

  • All cast, crew and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask.
  • Cast members remove their wear masks only when performing onstage and are tested frequently for COVID-19 exposure.
  • The theater may cancel or reschedule as necessary to keep our patrons, cast, crew, volunteers and staff safe.