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A View From The Bridge

Just remember, kid, you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word that you gave away.

Arthur Miller is widely regarded as one of the best American playwrights of the twentieth century.  In his complicated family drama, A View From The Bridge, he demonstrates why.

The story follows Eddie Carbone, an Italian-American longshoreman in the 1950s, whose simple and relatively happy life changes dramatically with the arrival of his wife’s cousins from Italy.  Eddie, his wife Beatrice, and their orphaned niece Catharine agree to shelter Marco and Rodolpho while they work in America.  Rodolpho and Catharine share an instant attraction, sending Eddie into a self-destructive spiral with tragic consequences for everyone involved.

Miller was inspired to write the play after researching the New York docks and dockworkers while writing a screenplay to be directed by his friend Elia Kazan.  However, before the film could be made, both Miller and Kazan were called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Commission to name communists working in the entertainment community.  Kazan agreed, while Miller refused, leading to a serious falling out between the two.  Kazan would go on to direct On The Waterfront, the Academy Award winning film starring Marlon Brando as a dockworker who fights against the mob-controlled union. Miller’s A View from the Bridge deals with similar themes and settings, but offers a different look.

Miller’s tragic tale weaves in themes of family and abandonment, passion and betrayal, masculinity and respect.  The play addresses several mature issues, and is not recommended for audiences younger than high school.

The Waukesha Civic Theatre’s production of A View From The Bridge opened Friday, June 6th and runs through Sunday, June 22nd.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call the WCT box office, open 12-5 Tuesday through Friday, as well as during Farmer’s Markets and Friday Night Live.  You can also purchase tickets online at the following website: