Audition Notice: A View from the Bridge

Auditions Closed

A View from the Bridge is Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece the story of a man fighting against himself. The play is set in the 1950s. Eddie Carbone is an Italian American longshoreman who lives with his wife, Beatrice and his orphaned niece, Catherine. They live in an insular, self-ruled neighbourhood in the shadow of Brooklyn Bridge. Eddie is protective and kind toward Catherine. However, as the play develops we learn that his feelings are something more than that of an uncle. His attachment to her is brought into perspective by the arrival from Italy of Beatrice’s two cousins, Marco and Rodolpho. They have entered the country illegally, hoping to leave behind hunger and unemployment for a better life in America. Whereas Marco is a physically strong man with a starving family back home, charming Rodolpho is young, good-looking, blond, and single. He sings and dances. Catherine instantly falls for him and the wheels are set in motion for a dramatic climax.

List of Characters

Ages are guidelines only, I will be very flexible. Some of the smaller parts can be doubled up, but there will be plenty to do as it will not be conventionally staged. Books available in the lobby behind the Box Office.

Eddie Carbone (age 40+)
A Longshoreman. Eddie lives with his wife, Beatrice and orphaned niece, Catherine, in Red Hook Brooklyn. Eddie struggles to understand his feelings or the world he inhabits and is powerless in the face of his tragic fate. He harbours a secret love for his niece Catherine which causes his eventual destruction.
Catherine (age 17)
The niece of Eddie Carbone and Beatrice. Catherine is a young girl who is very popular among the boys in the community. Catherine seeks approval from her uncle and struggles when Eddie does not approve of Rodolpho, the man she eventually plans to marry
Beatrice (age 40+)
The wife of Eddie Carbone and aunt of Catherine. Beatrice has raised Catherine from the time she was very young and acts as Catherine’s mother.
Marco (age 40+)
The cousin of Beatrice. Marco comes to the US to work and make money to send back to his wife and children in Italy. Marco is a hard-working Italian man who is a powerful, sympathetic leader.
Rodolpho (age 20s)
Beatrice’s young, blonde cousin from Italy. Rodolpho prefers singing jazz to working on the ships. To Eddie and the other Longshoremen, Rodolpho seems effeminate because he also cooks, sews and loves to dance. Rodolpho desires to be an American and have all the privileges of Western society including wealth and fame
Alfieri (age 40+)
An Italian-American lawyer. Alfieri is the narrator of the story. He speaks directly to the audience and attempts to make clear the greater social and moral implications of the story.

The following parts are small but very important to the play:

Mike (age 30+)
A Longshoreman and friend of Eddie’s. Mike is often seen with Louis outside the Carbone home.
Louis (age 30 +)
A Longshoreman and friend of Eddie’s. Louis hangs out with Mike outside Eddie’s home.
Tony (age 30+)
A friend of the Carbones. He assists Marco and Rodolpho off the ship and brings them safely to Beatrice’s home.
First Immigration Officer
One of two officers from the Immigration Bureau who comes to look for Marco and Rodolpho at Eddie’s request.
Second Immigration Officer
One of two officers from the Immigration Bureau who comes to look for Marco and Rodolpho at Eddie’s request.
Mr Lipari
A butcher who lives upstairs from the Carbone’s. Eddie blames Mr Lipari for the arrest of Marco and Rodolpho.
Mrs Lipari
The upstairs neighbour of the Carbones. Mrs. Lipari agrees to give Marco and Rodolpho a room in her home when Eddie kicks the men out of his house.
Two “Submarines”
Two illegal immigrants hiding upstairs from the Carbones in the Lipari house.

If are interested in auditioning but cannot make the audition dates please contact me.

Edith Pratt