The Detroit Opera House
The forthcoming presentations are expected to take place at the Detroit Opera House situated in Grand Circus Park Historic District of Michigan. Founded in 1922, the opera house was initially named the Capitol Theater from 1922 till 1929 after which it was called the Broadway Capitol Theater. It was finally in 1985 that the opera house was named the Detroit Opera House. The venue was designed by C. Howard Crane, the architect of facilities such as the Fox Theater, the Filmore Detroit and the Orchestra Hall for Detroit Symphony. It currently seats as much as 2700 audiences and over the years has brought forth popular artists, theatricals and plays to its live stage. Jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Luciano Pavarotti and Louis Armstrong have presented at the facility. Furthermore, in 2012 the internationally renowned documentary titled “Detropia” was screened at the Detroit Opera House. This time the venue is bringing forth one of America’s most well celebrated plays, A View from the Bridge.
Premiers and Revivals of the Play
A View from the Bridge is a one-act verse tragedy adapted from Arthur Miller’s script of the same name. The popular American playwright completed the masterpiece in 1955 with its debut staging occurring in the same year. Playing at the Coronet Theater, New York, now known as the Eugene O’Neill Theater, the play ran for 149 shows. These showcases were directed by Martin Ritt with a cast that included Van Heflin and Eileen Heckart. The London premier occurred in the following year when Peter Brook brought the show to the New Watergate Theatre Club. After the success of the play, several revivals were seen being presented all across New York. The first revival occurred in 1965 in an Off-Broadway show that took place at the Sheridan Square Playhouse. Then in 1983, another revival was brought forth at the Ambassador Theater with 149 performances. The year 1997 foresaw 239 performances presented by Michael Mayer and lastly Gregory Mosher showcased a fourteen week engagement revival of the show in 2009 and 2010.
Synopsis of the Play
The play is set in the fifties era and presents the main character Eddie Carbone, an American Italian longshoreman. He lives in Red Hook, with his wife, Beatrice and Catherine, his orphaned niece. Eddie who is first shown being kind and protective of his niece, later on starts to develop feelings for her. As the play continues two characters, Rodolpho and Marco, cousins of Beatrice are seen illegally making their way into America from Italy. Catherine and Rodolpho fall for each other and a relationship starts off between them. However, Eddie is jealous of Rodolpho and is consistently seen telling Catherine how wrong Rodolpho is for her. When Eddie finds out that Catherine has decided to marry Rodolpho he meets Alfieri, a lawyer for help. Alfieri suggests that the only way he can get rid of Rodolpho is by informing the Immigration Bureau about their illegal immigration. Brushing the idea aside, Eddie’s frustration grows as he constantly insults Rodolpho, any chance he can get.
In the second act, Beatrice informs about two more illegal immigrants moving into the house. At this point the Immigration Bureau knocks on the door and arrests the four immigrants. However, before leaving, Marco spits on Eddie’s face and calls him a traitor. Eddie follows Marco to the street and a fight breaks out between them, with Eddie brandishing a knife. What will happen in this bloody duel? Where will Rodolpho and Catherine’s love lead them? Will Eddie proclaim his love for Catherine?