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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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How Do I Buy Tickets for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s?

How do you buy tickets for our shows April 13? We're offering several options to make purchasing tickets easy for you. You can email us directly at lvl1971@yahoo,com, tell us how many tickets you would like for which performance. We'll email you instructions for mailing payment and, once received, send out your tickets  Orders close to performance date will be asked to pick up their tickets at ...

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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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Who are the Evanston 2nd Act Players?

So who are the Evanston 2nd Act Players? A group of actors brought together by their love of theater and the telling of simple stories that touch everyone's lives. The core of the troupe, including teacher/director Ryan Kitley, met in a 2012 acting class. Some went on to workshop New Year's Eve at Grandma's House ...

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What is Stickball? And is it Played at Grandma’s House?

Stickball is a quintessential New York City street game. A version of baseball, it's played with a skinny bat and a rubber ball. In the Depression of the 1930s, talked about in our show, bats were often broom or mop handles. But by the 1960s, local toy stores sold manufactured stickball bats that had tape ...

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What Does the Waldorf Have to Do with Grandma’s House?

When you come to see New Year's Eve at Grandma's House April 13 at either 6 p.m. or 8 p.m, you're going to be hearing about the Waldorf. Specifically, you'll hear about dancing in a Waldorf ballroom. What's that all about? The Waldorf Astoria Hotel is a long-time upscale New York City landmark. It was ...

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