2010: A View from the Bridge


Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” is a glimpse into the lives, customs, passions and conflicts of immigrant Italians living in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge in the 1950’s.  The production was met with critical acclaim and was voted one of the top ten best plays of the year, by the Montreal Mirror’s ‘Best of Montreal’ poll.

Cast:

Adam LeBlanc Eddie
Rebecca Croll Beatrice
Christie Hebert Catherine
Matthew Raudsepp Rodolpho
Peter Vrana Marco
Bill Fletcher Alfieri
Leonardo Valente Louis
Christopher Moore Mike
Jade Hassouné Tony
Raphaël Grosz-Harvey Immigration Officer #1
Phil Demers Immigration Officer #2
Daniel Lister Immigration Officer #3
Marc Roy Mr. Lipari
Mary Vuorela Mrs. Lipari
With:  Joshua Boudreau, Davide Chiazzese, Naomi Duvall, Simon Fontaine, Dylan Gouze, Hayley Kezber, Jessica Rose,  and Henry Shattler

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about this superb, nuanced play:

A View from the Bridge is set in 1950s America, in an Italian American neighborhood under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. The area Eddie Carbone and his family live in is called “polis”, a tightly knit community where neighbors are almost like family and everyone knows everything about each other. The “polis” is a poor area where all the families are in the same situation; men work at the dock and the women stay at home cooking, cleaning and caring for the children.

Owing to the lack of money in the “polis”, nobody can afford to leave or travel so the “polis” is the people’s life and over time family rules and morals have become law in the community. Immigration laws rendered approaches to the police futile since many of the inhabitants were illegal immigrants. This built up a distinct mistrust for the law with an underlying Sicilian feeling of justice being the guide to how people of the “polis” lived their lives.

The play is set in New York, in the Red Hook neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn. Red Hook is a homogeneous community of Italian and Sicilian immigrants. Italy represents homeland, origin and culture to the citizens of Red Hook … All of the characters appreciate the benefits of living in the U.S., but still strongly hold to Italian traditions. Italy is the basis of the cultural traditions in Red Hook, and it serves as a touchstone to unite the community, with their own laws and customs.

Miller’s interest in writing about the world of the New York docks originated with an un-produced screenplay that he developed with Elia Kazan in the early 1950s, entitled The Hook, dealing with corruption on the Brooklyn docks. Miller has been quoted as saying that he heard the basic account that developed into the plot of A View from the Bridge from a longshoreman, who related it to him as a true story. Although the 1955 one-act production was not successful, it was revised in 1956 to become a more traditional prose play in two acts, and it is through this version that audiences are most familiar with the work today.

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Check out this rehearsal from the production.

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