Illegal immigration is nothing new
By 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.