A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller. Director Jane Barth04/02/20
Set in the 1950s docklands in Brooklyn, New York, Miller gives us the deeply felt story of the Carbone family: Eddie, his wife Beatrice and her orphaned niece, Catherine. They are hard-working people, trying to make a reasonable life for themselves but also showing care for others: two of Beatrice's cousins arrive, smuggled into America illegally from war-torn Italy.
In Miller's direct, humane play, we learn about inappropriate love and that there will always be immigrants as a result of war and the destruction of homelands.
An Auditorium production
Reading and Introduction: Tuesday 4 February at 7.45 pm
Auditions: Thursday 6 February at 7.30 pmand, if needed, Monday 10 February at 7.30 pm
The Reading and the Auditions are open to non-members and members alike. For more information, please email email@example.com
Eddie Carbone- broad, strong man, generous but lacking in security and self-knowledge, making him a complex characer. Acting age: late 40s, 50s
Beatrice, his wife also a generous woman but she has her own quiet resentments and jealousies which eventually come out. Acting age: late 40s, 50s
Catherine, B's niece young, bright, optimistic – has been protected but now wants to go out into the world. Acting age: 17/18
Alfieri, a local lawyer speaks directly to the audience as narrator but is also in three scenes. Acting age: 50s/60s
Rodolpho Newly arrived from Italy illegally. Optimistic. Has fair hair, unlike his brother. Acting age 20s
Marco Rodolpho’s older brother. Quiet, serious. Acting age: 30s.
Louis, Mike, Tony– locals, friends of Eddie
Two immigration officers
Mr and Mrs Lipari– also have an apartment in the building. Acting ages 40s/50s/60s
The characters will speak with a Brooklyn accent except for Rodolpho and Marco who have Italian accents. We’ll work on these!
Set: A tenement building . A clean, sparse apartment. The street outside. Alfieri’s office (or desk). A public telephone.
Technical: Lighting - to be used to express mood on stage. It’s winter. Street lighting plus indoor lighting – shows contrast with sunny Italy where the immigrants are from. Sound – fog horns, river sounds. Music of the period – "Paper Doll".