As I am sure many of our audience members do, the first thing I do after I get to my seat (and after opening my Peanut Butter M&Ms) is to check out the set on stage. Study it. What is going on with it? What story is the SET already telling me before the lights even go down and the cast takes the stage? To me, the set is the "first character" in any play.
For our next production, A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller, the directors, cast and crew have been working days and NIGHTS in hopes that your first impression is molto bella (Italian: very beautiful). When I say days and NIGHTS, I mean LATE nights. The past week, various members of the View team have stayed at the theatre until as late as 3:30 in the morning working on the set. Last night (actually Sunday morning), I left the theatre at 3 am and our two dedicated directors, Karl Berner and Justin Treasure, were still there working on set details. "Dio li benedica", both of them.
Why work so hard and long on the set? To bring to life our "first character." To create a set that will transport you to the small neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn NY in the late 1950's.
Why all the Italian references? Well, the characters in View are all of Italian decent, some of them fresh off the boat! So please, come see our set, stay for the show, and enjoy little bit of Italy.
Grazie e arrivederci,
Mr. Alfieri in A View from the Bridge