Why are the Boys in the Basement?

Boys in the Basement is a story about divorced men trying to cope, often badly, with the pain and loss that divorce brings. It’s an unapologetic look at divorce from a man’s perspective, one rarely if ever conveyed on the stage before. The characters all live in the same suburban apartment building and get together […]

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Why I Wrote New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House

Everyone has family stories to tell, so why did I take mine and craft a play out of them? Part of it was a challenge from our wonderful teacher and director Ryan Kitley. After finishing a class with him last year, he mentioned he wanted to teach a performance class – one class devoted to […]

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Why Is World War II Part of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House?

Roughly 16 million Americans served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II, which last for the United States from December 1941 until August 1945. But our story takes placed on Dec. 31, 1960, so why is World War II a part of it? The reason the war is spoken about in our story […]

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Do You Eat Ravioli? Round or Square?

Ravioli is a traditional southern Italian favorite. In 1960, Italian families like the Smaldones would make their own from scratch rather than buy them pre-made or frozen as people do these days. Within the family, there was always a debate about which tasted better, round ravioli or square ones. Del, who you will meet in […]

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Who is Guy Lombardo? Find Out at Grandma’s House

For almost half a century, beginning in 1929 and going through the early 1970s, Guy Lombardo was Mr New Year’s Eve for millions of Americans. Before Dick Clark and now Ryan Seacreast, it was Lombardo Americans listened to as they prepared to bring in the New Year. He and his band first played from Chicago […]

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How Will We Transport You to 1960?

New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House will take you back to Dec. 31, 1960. That was the year the United States elected an Irish-Catholic president, the precursor of a decade filled with change and upheaval for the country and the world. How will we make you feel that you’re in that time and place? Hopefully with our words but also with our […]

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Where are the Costumes Coming From?

Cast members in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House are responsible for assembling their own costumes — costumes that approximate what party goers in 1960 would have been wearing that night at Grandma’s House. The styles most closely associated with the 1960s, loud, Hippie-inspired looks, had not happened yet in 1960. Styles that year still […]

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Here’s Where the Magic Will Happen

Tickets are being sold without assigned seating, so arrive early to pick out your seats. Performances are tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m and 8 p.m, Saturday, April 13, 2013. E-mail us here for ticket information.

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