The Stevenage Lytton Players
present
A View from the Bridge
By Arthur Miller

20th to 23rd April 2022
The Lytton Theatre Stevenage
Director: Tom Beirne

The Stevenage Lytton Players Spring Drama

Set in New York in the 1950s, the central character is a longshoreman who, though of limited intelligence and articulacy, is an admirable man.

When two of his wife’s Italian cousins are smuggled into the country, he makes room for them in his home. Gratefully they move in with his family, including the teenage niece whom he has brought up and whom he has come to love, or so he thinks, as a daughter. When one of the illegal immigrants falls in love with his benefactor’s niece, the kind and loving uncle suddenly becomes violently opposed to this romance, an opposition founded on a far too intense love for his niece. The stage is set for tragedy.

Audition Information

There will be two get-togethers to read through the script on Tue 7th and Fri 10th Dec at 7:45pm.

Auditions will take place on Tue 14th Dec. Please email drama@lyttonplayers.co.uk if you have any questions.

We will then have a first meet-up with the cast on Thu 16th Dec before beginning rehearsals in mid-January 2022 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Characters

Eddie Carbone A Longshoreman. Eddie lives with his wife, Beatrice and orphaned niece, Catherine, in Red Hook Brooklyn. Eddie is an inarticulate character and is powerless in the face of his tragic fate. He harbours a secret lust for his niece Catherine which causes his eventual destruction.

Catherine The niece of Eddie Carbone and Beatrice. Catherine is a beautiful, smart, young Italian girl who is very popular among the boys in the community. Catherine seeks approval from her uncle and struggles when Eddie does not approve of Rodolpho, the man she intends to marry.

Beatrice The wife of Eddie Carbone and aunt of Catherine. Beatrice has raised Catherine from the time she was very young and acts as Catherine's mother. Beatrice is a warm and caring woman, more reasonable than Eddie. Like Catherine, Beatrice is not a very well-developed character in the play.

Marco The cousin of Beatrice. Marco comes to the U.S. to work and make money to send back to his wife and children in Italy. Marco is a hard working Italian man who is a powerful, sympathetic leader.

Rodolpho Beatrice's young, blonde cousin from Italy. Rodolpho prefers singing jazz to working on the ships. To Eddie and the other Longshoremen, Rodolpho seems effeminate because he also cooks, sews and loves to dance. Rodolpho desires to be an American and have all the privileges of Western society including wealth and fame.

Alfieri An Italian-American lawyer. Alfieri is the narrator of the story. He speaks directly to the audience and attempts to make clear the greater social and moral implications of the story.

Mike A Longshoreman and friend of Eddie. Mike is often seen with Louis outside the Carbone home.

Louis A Longshoreman and friend of Eddie. Louis hangs out with Mike outside Eddie's home.

Tony A friend of the Carbones. He assists Marco and Rodolpho off the ship and brings them safely to Beatrice's home.

First Immigration Officer One of two officers from the Immigration Bureau who comes to look for Marco and Rodolpho at Eddie's request.

Second Immigration Officer One of two officers from the Immigration Bureau who comes to look for Marco and Rodolpho at Eddie's request.

Mr. Lipari A butcher who lives upstairs from the Carbones. Eddie blames Mr. Lipari for the arrest of Marco and Rodolpho.

Mrs. Lipari The upstairs neighbour of the Carbone's. Mrs. Lipari agrees to give Marco and Rodolpho a room in her home when Eddie kicks the men out of his house.

Two 'Submarines' Two illegal immigrants hiding upstairs from the Carbones in the Lipari house.

 

Ticket Prices : £TBA


Box Office: 01438 357407

Performances start at 7:45pm.