“A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller

directed by Joe Hanrahan
February 23 – March 5, 2017
Clayton Community Theatre (CCT)

“A cruel era for immigrants” is how Variety’s Marilyn Stasio referred to the 1950s when writing about Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.” Miller’s 1956 play of tragedy, love and betrayal in a Brooklyn Italian-American immigrant community was written just two years after the end of the McCarthy era – a time of political blacklisting, fear mongering and repressive tactics in the US.

Sixty years later, immigration and loyalty are polarizing, top-of-mind topics in the US today, and “A View from the Bridge” has immediate currency. Miller explained in interviews that he chose the form of a Greek tragedy, with narrator, for its continuous action, simple, direct storytelling and basic themes of morality and vengeance.

Eddie, the main character, is the tragic figure at the center of the drama. His fatal flaw manifests in sexual impulses that he cannot acknowledge to himself. He commits acts of betrayal and character assassination that victimize his family, disrupt the close-knit community and spiral, inevitably, to his destruction as a collective justice is imposed.

Clayton Community Theatre (CCT) is one of the St. Louis area’s leading community theatres; at the inaugural Theater Mask Awards (the St. Louis area’s recognition program for outstanding community theatre) last year, CCT took home more awards than any other group.

Directing Clayton Community Theatre’s production of “A View from the Bridge” is Joe Hanrahan, one of the area’s most established theatre artists. Joe Hanrahan is the Artistic Director of The Midnight Company, and has directed for Midnight, Slightly Askew, The Black Rep, OnSite, The West End Players, Theatre Guild of Webster Groves, and for the late, great companies The Orthwein and The New Theatre. For the recently announced 2017 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, Joe was nominated as Best Director/Drama for Slightly Askew’s production of “Cuddles.” He will be directing “The Flick” for R-S Theatrics in December, 2017.

“The concerns of ‘A View from the Bridge’ are certainly as timely and vital to our lives as ever, and that’s how true classic literature and drama speak to us,” said Hanrahan.  “But it is also a vivid and urgent portrait of real people and their lives – people who are flawed, full of dreams – people we know and care about.  It is a modern masterpiece.”

  • Show times: Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm.
  • Location: Washington University-South Campus, 6501 Clayton Road, St Louis 63117 (former CBC high school building). Well-lit parking and handicap accessible entrance.

Cast – “A View from the Bridge” at Clayton Community Theatre
Eddie – Isaiah DiLorenzo
Beatrice – Erin Struckhoff
Catherine – Emily Leidenfrost
Marco – Joe Ruskey
Rodolpho – Daniel Heise
Alfieri – Sam Hack
Mike – Michael Monsey
Louis – Panagiotis (Pete) Papavlasopoulos
Mr. Lipari – Hal Morgan
Mrs. Lipari – Nash Shahana
First Immigration Officer – Terry TenBroek
Second Immigration Officer – Jeff Struckhoff
Submarine – Dennis Schultz

Reviewer comp tickets available from the box office, by email at tickets@placeseveryone.org, or by phone at 314-721-9228.

Media contact: Nathan Schroeder, media@placeseveryone.org

Photos: available soon at http://www.placeseveryone.org/media-resources

About Clayton Community Theatre

Clayton Community Theatre (CCT) was founded by a group of Clayton residents interested in expanding access to the performing arts through community theatre. The organization’s motto is “Places everyone,” the announcement traditionally made by the stage manager a few moments prior to curtain to call the actors and crew to readiness. The motto reflects the goals of Clayton Community Theatre, which are: to offer Clayton and surrounding communities top-quality theatrical entertainment; to showcase local talent; and to provide any interested member of our community the opportunity to become involved in theatre production. We are a volunteer-driven organization and welcome all theatre lovers interested in assisting in our productions.

Clayton Community Theatre derives revenue primarily from ticket sales, with additional support from program advertising, contributions, sponsorships and grants. Visit www.placeseveryone.org.