Illegal immigration is nothing newSeptember 25,2013By Jim Lowe
Castleton State College’s theater department is facing controversy head on with its latest production.
Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge,” which reveals a truly ugly side of illegal immigration, as well as human nature, will be presented by the Theatre Arts Department tonight through Sunday at the Casella Theater in the college’s Fine Arts Center.
In Miller’s 1956 classic, set in a 1950s Italian-American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge, Eddie has a protective, even obsessive love for his much younger niece Catherine. When she falls in love with an illegal immigrant, Eddie does everything in his power to dissuade her from marrying him.
When all of Eddie’s aboveboard efforts fail, he makes a desperate move — and tragedy ensues.
“A View from the Bridge” has a powerful message about how inhumanity turns on itself. But it is also a lesson in hope.
The play was first staged as a one-act verse play, “A Memory of Two Mondays,” but failed on Broadway. Miller expanded it to today’s two-act version, under the title “A View from the Bridge,” which proved to be a big success first in London, then in the rest of the world.
The Castleton production is directed by Harry McEnerny, head of the college’s Theatre Arts Department, known locally for his acting performances with Middlebury Actors’ Workshop.
Castleton State College
The Castleton State College Theatre Arts Department presents Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” today-Sunday, Sept. 29, in the college’s Casella Theater. Performances are at 7 p.m. Today-Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $12; call 802-468-1119, or go online to castletontickets.com.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY:
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Dresden firebombing helped bring Nazis to knees, killed at least 25,000 civilians, men, women, children, dogs, cats; Veena in Sitka, BIG NEWS FLASH! Old guys get grumpy with age.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Update on Center Alley project, review of opiate talk evening at the library and aldermen want kids to wear helmets while riding bikes around town.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Flood watch in effect for Rutland County, developing El Nino shaping up to be extreme this year, Don DeLillo on the season's warming trend and Veena catches digital sniffles, all in today's minute.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Dramatic river rescue in Southern Vermont, Castleton moving ahead on sale of old town office building, Passover celebrated in Woodstock.