Teatro Vista Presents A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, Now thru 5/18

Teatro Vista Presents A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, Now thru 5/18

Teatro Vista begins their 2014 spring season with Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, playing at The Richard Christiansen Theater located within The Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight, April 15 - May 18. A View From the Bridge is directed by Teatro Vista Artistic Director Ricardo Gutierrez.

Preview performances take place April 15 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/Press night is Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances take place Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Preview performances are $20, regular run weeknight and matinee performances are $25 and Saturday night performances are $30. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, students and seniors (65+) with ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Victory Gardens' box office at 773.871.3000 or by visiting www.victorygardens.org. For more information on A View From the Bridge and Teatro Vista, visit www.teatrovista.org.

Please Note Schedule Exceptions: There will be no performance on April 25. There will be added 10 a.m. performances on Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 7 and an added 3 p.m. Saturday matinee performance on May 17. On Thursday, April 24 is a special "College Night" where tickets to the performance and a special pre-show reception are $15 with a student ID..

A View from the Bridge follows the cataclysmic downfall of Eddie Carbone (^Ramon Camin), who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at home with his wife, Beatrice (^*Sandra Marquez), and niece, Catherine (Ayssette Munoz). But the routine of his life is interrupted when Beatrice's cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, arrive in New York. As one of them embarks on a romance with Catherine, Eddie's envy and delusion plays out with devastating consequences.

Additional cast for A View From the Bridge includes: ^Mark Ulrich (Alfieri), Tommy Rivera-Vega (Rodolpho), Eddie Diaz (Marco), Todd Garcia (Luis), Patrick Falcon (Mike), Joel Maisonet (Mr. Lipari), Diane Herrera Pina (Mrs. Lipari) and Antonia Arcely (Ensemble). ^ denotes member of Actor's Equity Association, * denotes Teatro Vista Ensemble Member

The production team for A View From the Bridge includes: *Ricardo Gutierrez (director), Stephanie Hurovitz (stage manager), Regina Garcia (scenic designer), Christine Pascual (costume designer) and Brian Hoehne (lighting designer). * denotes Teatro Vista Ensemble Member

ABOUT DIRECTOR RICARDO GUTIERREZ: Ricardo Gutierrez is the Artistic Director of Teatro Vista where he has directed Momma's Boyz, i put the fear of mexico in'em, and La Magica Posada. Gutierrez has served as the Artistic Director of Nostotros in Los Angeles, The Canterbury Theatre in Indiana, and Absolute Shakespeare in Chicago. Regionally, Ricardo has guest directed at Theatre 40, Nosotros, the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, The Double Image Theatre, Loyola University and the University of Texas Pan Am. Gutierrez is the co-founder and Director of the Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists Chicago (ALTAchicago), a service organization dedicated to promoting and fostering Latino/a theatre artists in Chicago. As a producer, he has hired, supervised and evaluated artistic personnel for over one hundred theatrical productions. As an actor, Gutierrez most recently appeared in the world premiere of The Upstairs Concierge at the Goodman Theatre where he was also recently seen in the world premieres of Song For The Disappeared and Fishmen. Gutierrez has appeared on stage at the Actors Theatre in Louisville, The Denver Center Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and at Lookingglass Theatre.

ABOUT PLAYWRIGHT ARTHUR MILLER: Arthur Miller helped define American theater for the seven decades he wrote plays. His works depict the everyday, common man fighting for his place in life and society. With a keen sense of what is real and important, Miller's work is reminiscent of Greek Tragedy, but adapted for the modern audience - who he claims is whom all artists, especially playwright's should aim to inform.

Miller began writing plays while a student at the University of Michigan. His first important play, All My Sons (1947), was followed by his most famous work, Death of a Salesman (1949, Pulitzer Prize),. Noted for combining social awareness with a searching concern for his characters' inner lives, Miller wrote many other plays, including The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge (1955), and After the Fall (1964).

Miller is secure in his reputation as a major figure in American drama. In addition to his Pulitzer Prize in 1949, his awards include the Theatre Guild National Prize, 1944; Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award (given for achievement in the theater), 1947 and 1953; Emmy Award (given for achievement in television broadcasting), 1967; George Foster Peabody Award, 1981; John F. Kennedy Award for Lifetime Achievement, 1984; Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, 1999.

ABOUT TEATRO VISTA: Teatro Vista, Theatre with a View, is firmly committed to sharing and celebrating the riches of Latino culture with Chicago theater audiences and beyond. This commitment stems from the belief that there are as many similarities between people as there are differences, and perhaps the answer to breaking down the walls of prejudice and stereotypes lies in understanding these similarities and differences. Ultimately, it is through this "view" that Teatro Vista intends to bridge the gap between Latino and non-Latino cultures in Chicago.

The company believes in the transformative power of theater, inclusiveness through the idea that everyone is intricately connected to each other and that sharing stories through performance is an exceptionally potent way to bring people together. Teatro Vista is the vanguard of Latino theater in the United States, a place where Latino and non-Latino artists can expressively flourish and excel to the highest level of theatrical professionalism. It is dedicated to sharing new work by new playwrights in cutting-edge productions and presenting classic plays featuring artists of color.

Teatro Vista begins their 2014 spring season with Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, playing at The Richard Christiansen Theater located within The Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., April 15 - May 18. A View From the Bridge is directed by Teatro Vista Artistic Director Ricardo Gutierrez. Preview performances take place April 15 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/Press night is Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances take place Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Preview performances are $20, regular run weeknight and matinee performances are $25 and Saturday night performances are $30. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, students and seniors (65+) with ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Victory Gardens' box office at 773.871.3000 or by visiting www.victorygardens.org. For more information on A View From the Bridge and Teatro Vista, visit www.teatrovista.org.

Pictured: Ramon Camin (Eddie Carbone) and Sandra Marquez (Beatrice)

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