A hard-hitting ‘A View from the Bridge’
By Bob Craig Post-Tribune Correspondent May 22, 2013 7:22AM
Arthur Miller penned "A View from the Bridge," the next production for Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso. | AP file photo
Updated: June 25, 2013 6:08AM
The Chicago Street Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s play “A View from the Bridge” will open May 24 and runs to June 8 in Valparaiso.
Set in New York City’s Brooklyn borough in the 1950s, the play revolves around a longshoreman whose wife’s Italian cousins arrive in America and move into his home.
As the story develops, one of the immigrants falls in love with the man’s niece and he becomes violently opposed to the relationship, setting the stage for an intense and tragic drama.
“It’s a truly American story based on an actual life occurrence,” co-director Karl Berner said.
“It has everything the pursuit of the American dream offers: success and reward for honest work and a chance for happiness, but with cautious sirens about the perils of taking too much, of holding on to what may not rightfully be yours.”
The Chicago Street Theatre cast features a collection of veteran actors, many of whom have been nominated for a variety of awards for previous work.
Berner said the entire cast has collaborated well in their effort to tell the story of this family.
And family is the theme around which much of the conflict in the show revolves.
The cast includes John Larrabee, Heather Chaddock, Dona Henry, Timothy Gleason, Josh Eggleston, Jim Henry, T.J. Aubuchon, Rodney Thornton, Jim Drader, Mark McColley and Patricia Schulz.
“I’m hoping that audiences, especially if they’ve never seen ‘A View From The Bridge,’ feel that we’ve done justice to Arthur Miller’s work, and that they’ll enjoy this grim, hard-hitting piece of 1950s, East Coast Americana,” Berner said.
Call 219-464-1636 or go to chicagostreet.org for reservations. The Chicago Street Theatre is at 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso.
JFK trial on stage
The Valparaiso Theatrical Company has announced that it will present “Specter of Treason — The Oswald Trial” in November to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The production will be directed by Craig Kozora and Steve Zana and will feature a large cast of more than 25 actors. Auditions are scheduled for Aug. 19-20.
The concept of the play is that Lee Harvey Oswald survives the shooting by Jack Ruby and goes on trial in a Dallas federal courtroom for the assassination of President Kennedy.
A large cast of characters will bring this drama to vivid life onstage.
The most compelling part of the evening is the audience will act as the jury and renders a final verdict on whether they think Oswald is guilty or innocent of the crime.
Four endings are written into the script depending upon what the audience jury decides each night.
The show will run from Nov. 14-24 and will feature a special JFK After Show Gala on Nov. 22, 50 years to the day that the assassination took place.
That event will feature a cast discussion about the show along with hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks.
The location of the auditions and the performances has not been announced.
More information about the performances or the auditions is at 219-309-6794.
Bob Craig is a freelance writer.