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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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How Do You Recreate 1960?

The cast and crew of New Year's Eve at Grandma's House is going to great lengths to recreate the look and feel on New Year's Eve 1960. Some of the furniture on stage during our April 13 performance, for example, actually comes from the Smaldone House which forms the inspiration for the play. Costumes are ...

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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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Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Stella

Stella, Sonny's wife, is an outsider from this world of Italian-Americans in which she finds herself. She grew up in an orphanage in Pennsylvania with one sister. Anxious for a better life, came to New York as a young woman to live on her own during the depths of the Great Depression. With jobs scarce, ...

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Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Momma

The family matriarch, momma has been slowed by strokes and cataracts from the days when she led her church rosary society in a wide range of church activities. She's raised eight children through some of the most difficult times in U.S. economic history and a year before the story begins, she'd lost her husband, poppa, ...

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Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Bill

Julianna's Irish boyfriend, Bill grew up in the exclusive Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn,a world away from the hard-scrabble Italian neighborhood he now finds himself about to visit with Julianna. His father had been a career Naval officer before starting his civilian career, so Bill came from a professional class family, much different than Julianna's ...

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Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Julianna

Julianna is the youngest of the six Smaldone sisters and two brothers, the family baby who came along long after momma and poppa thought they were done growing their already large family. She represents another generation from most of her siblings, having been only a child during the Great Depression and a young teenager during ...

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Who Will You Meet at Grandma’s House? Meet Aunt Del

Del, unlike all her sisters, never married and as the last unmarried daughter, it became her job to care for her aging parents.

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What About the Food at Grandma’s House?

New Year's Eve was perhaps the biggest feast of all because it was not unusual to have several meals over the course of the party, the first before midnight, a second after midnight and a third in the wee hours of the morning.

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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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