Last night I snuck into the CST mainstage to watch rehearsal for A View from the Bridge and it was truly thrilling. Arthur Miller is without a doubt one of America's greatest playwrights, and sitting there watching his words come to life reminded me of just how prolific and beautiful they are.
Directors Karl Berner and Justin Treasure have assembled an asolutely stellar cast for this very difficult piece including
- John Larrabee as Eddie Carbone, a longshorman
- Heather Chaddock as Catherine, the niece of Eddie and Beatrice
- Dona Henry as Beatrice, wife of Eddie and aunt of Catherine
- Timothy Gleason as Marco, cousin of Beatrice
- Josh Eggleston as Rodolpho, Beatrice's cousin from Italy
- Jim Henry as Alfieri, an Italian-American lawyer
- Rodney Thornton as Louis, a longshoreman and friend of Eddie's
- Jim Drader as Tony, a friend of the Carbones, and 1st Immigration Officer
- T.J. Aubuchon as Mike, a longshoreman and friend of Eddie's, and 2nd Immigration Officer
- Mark McColley as Mr. Lipari, a butcher who lives upstairs from the Carbone's
- Patricia Schulz as Mrs. Lipari, the upstairs neighbor of the Carbone's
They definitely hit a home run when they assembled this group... and they are working their tails off! Between the confrontations, emotional intensity, fight scenes, and Italian accents, these actors have their work cut out for them. If this rehearsal was any indication, they're up to the task.
The first scene I watched began with actor Jim Henry asking director Justin Treasure if he could "try something a little different." The rehearsal definetely had a positive tone of collaboration and mutual respect. I won't give away too much as I saw a couple of scenes at the end of Act II and don't want to spoil it for those who have not had the pleasure of reading or seeing this moving play. Suffice to say, director Justin Treasure was pleased with their progress by the end of rehearsal. During their note session, he reminded the actors to keep up their intensity, to find even more emotion, to take their time at some points and to proceed with urgency during others. Justin's directing style is almost like that of a therapist; he asks the actors questions to make them think and arrive at their own character motivation. It was really a pleasure to watch. Perhaps I'll sneak in again later this week and report back.
posted by Artistic Chair Traci Brant