‘A View from the Bridge’ American dream with a twist
The play addresses immigration concerns and familial relationships in 1950s Brooklyn.
Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 5, 2012 14:04
“A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller, a tragedy set in the 1950s, continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.
Theater Instructor Charles Falcon said the play illustrates “parallels to our current reality” concerning immigration, which is still at the forefront of the American psyche.
This is what drew him to direct the play, he said.
The two-act play takes place in Brooklyn and is narrated by Eddie Alfieri, a local lawyer who tells the story of longshoreman Eddie Carbone, who lives in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn with his wife, Beatrice, and her orphaned niece Catherine, who they have brought up as their own daughter.
Into the household come two of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy who entered the country illegally to find work on the waterfront.
Eddie’s love for his niece turns to obsession when the younger of the Italian brothers, Rodolpho, and Catherine strike up a friendship that blooms into romance.
Soon, Eddie’s conflicted feelings lead him to betray his family’s trust, and in a desperate attempt to split them up before they can marry, he betrays both cousins to the immigration authorities.
“It’s a great show,” theater freshman Gerardo Solis said. “I love how it’s executed. A very serious play always needs some comedic in it as well.”
Solis plays Mike, a longshore man and friend of Eddie’s, who brings the comedic side of the play.
Admission is $2 with an Alamo Colleges ID, $8 for high school and other colleges’ students with IDS and $10 general admission.
For more information, call Falcon at 210-486-0486 or the fine arts department at 210-486-0255.