A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Comes Home To Red Hook Onboard Waterfront Museum
Brave New World Repertory Theatre, the Brooklyn-based theatre company that first won acclaim with To Kill A Mockingbird staged on the front porches of Victorian Flatbush in 2005, is pleased to present Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge onboard the Waterfront Barge Museum in Red Hook Brooklyn, where the play is set, May 31-June 24.
Brave New World's immersive production, onboard the covered century old barge docked in Red Hook, will involve the audience in a classic domestic drama about a longshoreman named Eddie Carbone, his wife Beatrice and their orphaned niece Catherine. When Beatrice's undocumented relatives arrive from Italy to work the docks, conflict grows between Eddie and cousin Rodolpho. The intimacy of the Waterfront Museum space, with the audience merely feet away from the action, will serve to drive home the tragic events of the story.
The play is especially timely, says Claire Beckman, BNW's co-founder/producing artistic director who is also playing Beatrice. "Eddie Carbone is a flawed Everyman like most of Miller's leading men," she says, "but he is also xenophobic, homophobic, patriarchal, white and working class. He does his fair share of 'mansplaining,' while he struggles with inappropriate feelings for his 17 year-old niece. He checks every box for the tragically flawed American Male in 2018."
Director Alex Dmitriev, whom Beckman first met 30 years ago in another production of View, says the intimate setting aboard the Waterfront Museum will let in the tragedy of the story, "allowing the audience in Miller's words 'to strike a particular note of astonishment at the way in which, and the reasons for which, a man will endanger and risk and lose his very life.'"
Brave New World Rep Presents Arthur Miller's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
First Preview - Thursday, May 31st at 8pm Opening Night - Friday, June 1st at 8pm
Saturday Evening Performances: June 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at 8pm Sunday Matinee Performances: June 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 2pm Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/990188
THE WATERFRONT MUSEUM
290 Conover Street Red Hook, Brooklyn Transportation: http://www.waterfrontmuseum.org/directions
BNW has previously produced acclaimed productions of two other Miller classics: The Crucible in 2010 and The American Clock in 2011. More recently, BNW and Beckman produced The Plantation, ("a startlingly visceral immersive adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard," New York Times) on Governors Island in 2017.Beckman also directed the BNW's seminal, 2005 site-specific production To Kill a Mockingbird staged on the front porches of a tree-lined street in Victorian Flatbush, and other acclaimed productions such as The Tempest on the Coney Island beach and boardwalk in 2009, the lantern lit production of The Crucible in 2010 (New York Magazine's Critics Pick) and Street Scene on the stoop of a Park Slope walk-up (named one of 25 best 2013 shows by L Magazine).
A View From The Bridge Creative Team: Alex Dmitriev**, director; Diana Duecker, lighting director; Steven Gridley, sound designer; Martina Nevermann, costume designer; John Morgan, fight director; Emely Zepeda*, production stage manager; Rachel Houser, assistant stage manager Cast: Claire Beckman*, Jabari Brown, Jacob Dabby, Joe Gioco*, Maggie Horan*, Rachel Houser, Ram Kanneganti, Matthew Nersinger, Rich O'Brien*, Benjamin Sheedy **member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society * member of Actors Equity Association