A View from the Bridge to open March 3 at Parker Theatre

BridgeThe Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz will present the Olivier-winning production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, with performances on March 3-6 and March 10-13 in Parker Theatre. The play is directed by Jack Wade, professor and chair of the College’s Department of Theatre Arts.

A dark and passionate tale, A View from the Bridge is set in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his wife Beatrice’s Sicilian cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, to the land of freedom. When one of them falls for Eddie’s beautiful niece, Catherine, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate act of betrayal.

The thrilling production will feature New Paltz theatre majors Andres Rodriquez (‘18), Olivia Whale-Kipp (‘18), Ciarra Fragale (‘18), Kordell Pricthard (‘18), Jacob Dabby (‘17) and Elijah Dederick (‘16) in primary roles. It will also showcase the work of an all-student design staff including Dana Wientraub (‘16), Michael Hussey (‘17), Krista Arena (‘16), Chris Ricci (‘17) and Stage Manager Hanna Brandow (’17).

A View from the Bridge: Cast & Direction Interviews – Professor Thomas Olsen’s Seminar in Critical Practices English course sat down with the cast and directors of Theatre’s upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s classic play “A View from the Bridge.” Click the link to hear more!

Cast: (l-r) Ciarra Fragale ('18) as Catherine, Andres Rodriquez ('18) as Eddie, Olivia Whalen-Ripp ('18) as Beatrice
Cast: (l-r) Ciarra Fragale (’18) as Catherine, Andres Rodriquez (’18) as Eddie, Olivia Whalen-Ripp (’18) as Beatrice

Prior to the March 4 performance, Professor Thomas Olsen of the Department of English will moderate a pre-show panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Parker Theatre. The panelists will be Larry Carr, lecturer in the Department of English; Morgan Gwenwald, associate librarian in the Sojourner Truth Library; and Reynolds Scott-Childress, assistant professor of History. They will share their ideas and expertise on Arthur Miller’s life and work, and on the cultural conditions represented in this particular play. This event is free and open to the public (though tickets must still be purchased for entry to the performance following the panel).

Performance dates and times for A View from the Bridge are March 3–5 and March 10–12 at 8:00 p.m., and March 6 and March 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $18 general public, $16 senior (62+), Non-New Paltz student, New Paltz faculty/staff, $10 New Paltz student. The Box Office in Parker Theatre will open Feb. 22, with hours Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.newpaltz.edu/theatre.

For additional information call (845) 257- 3880 or email boxoffice@newpaltz.edu.

About the Director
A theatre historian, Jack Wade designs lighting and scenery and directs in the departmental main-stage season. He is a recipient of the Theatre Crafts International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Design and Technology, and his designs have been seen Off-Broadway and in many regional theatres across the country. His recent play, Red Masquerade, was recognized for distinguished achievement by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Wade, who is a member of United Scenic Artists, has also been a valued mentor to many student designers and performers who have gone on to work in the professional theatre, television and film industries.