Act 1 Presents Lesser-Known Tragedy by Arthur Miller

by Roseann Damico Schatkowski | Feb 06, 2012

Compelling masterwork A View from the Bridge examines human flaws with dramatic consequences

A View from the Bridge 
by Arthur Miller
Directed by Anne Lewis
February 22 – March 4, 2012

For more than six decades, the incredibly prolific American playwright Arthur Miller wrote plays in which his characters wrestle with conflicts, responsibilities, and their own human flaws. He is known for such famous award winning plays as All My Sons, Death of A Salesman, and The Crucible. However, it was not until 1998 that one of his lesser-known plays, A View from the Bridge, garnered the critical praise it was due, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play as well as the 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. It is this fiercely compelling tragedy that Act 1 has chosen to open its 2012 spring semester.

A View from the Bridge actually premiered in 1955 in the form of a one-act play written in verse that did not receive the type of response Miller had hoped,” says division head John Bell. “Two years later, he premiered it in London as a two-act play written in prose. From this point forward, the work has slowly been establishing itself as another seminal, if less-frequently produced work, in his canon.”

Set in Red Hook, Brooklyn in the late 1950s, A View from the Bridge tells the story of Eddie Carbone, an Italian-American longshoreman, living with his wife, Bea, and her beautiful 17-year-old orphaned niece Catherine to whom he feels an overwhelming but undeclared attraction. Trouble ensues with the arrival of when Bea’s Sicilian cousins—two illegal immigrants named Rodolpho and Marco—who have come to temporarily stay with the family. When Eddie senses a mutual attraction growing between Catherine and Rodolpho, he erupts in a rage and swears to put an end to the budding romance (even questioning Rodolpho’s sexuality) while frantically diverting his own incestuous desires. In the style of a Greek tragedy, Eddie’s jealousy finally consumes him, destroying his family and his world.

“Miller has always been interested in questioning and testing many of the tenets of classical tragedy,” says Bell.  “In A View from the Bridge, he employs not only the device of a Greek chorus but also a narrator as he shines the spotlight on the human frailties of the common man—in this case, the improper love and near obsession his protagonist Eddie feels for his adult niece.”

Associate Professor of Theatre Anne Lewis directs the production. “Greek tragedy is known for providing a mirror for us to look honestly at ourselves,” says Lewis. “Arthur Miller has achieved this aspect of Greek Tragedy in the character of Eddie. Through Eddie’s decisions we are able to see what happens when we are not honest with ourselves. As humans we are called to present the truth, painful as that may be, in order to help us create a stronger society. Through the richness of A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller allows us the opportunity to look at ourselves and what we are doing.”

The design team brings to life a neighborhood in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge with sets and lights designed by Will Neuert and Elizabeth Elliott, respectively, and costumes by guest designer Sam Fleming.

Tickets and Show Times

The production runs February 22 to March 4 on the Main Stage Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, PA. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. A talk back with the director and cast is scheduled for Sunday, February 26 following the 2:00 PM performance. Tickets are still available for the student matinee on Tuesday, March 1 at 9:45 AM.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors on Wednesdays and Thursdays and $24 for adults and $22 for students and seniors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Group discounts are also available. 

Order tickets online or call the Act 1 Box Office at 610-282-3192.

This production marks a new event offered by the Division of Performing Arts. In conjunction with the production of A View from the Bridge, Dennis Razze, chair of theatre, and Deb Walter, our new director of development, invite you to join them for a casual dinner and behind-the-scenes conversation on Sunday, February 26, 6:00 p.m. at the DeSales University Center. For more information, visit www.desales.edu/act1dinner.

The Labuda Center is fully accessible and equipped with a brand new listening enhancement system donated by Frank and Kathy Whitley. Special seating is available for our patrons usingwheelchairs or requiring other assistance. Please inform the box office of your needs when ordering tickets.


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Tom McNamara
Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University
2255 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219
Tom.McNamara@desales.edu