‘A View from the Bridge’ Addresses The Bitter Conflict Between Morals And The Law

“A View from the Bridge” shows the complexities of immigration in 1950’s through the lens of one Italian-American family.
(Raul Thomas)

“A View from the Bridge” gives us a look into the complexities of immigration.

Playwright Arthur Miller shows the raw human emotions of a family being tested between their “code of honor” and the law. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square is currently producing the play now through May 26.

Set in an Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, the plot centers on the protagonist, Eddie, and his obsession with his wife’s niece, Catherine.

When Eddie’s wife’s cousins, Rodolphio and Marco, travel from Italy to America, Eddie is very helpful with their transition. Catherine begins to find Rodolphio attractive and is interested in dating him. Eddie becomes more protective of Catherine. Jealous enrages Eddie and he is caught between his loyalty of helping his cousins and his love for Catherine.

The tragedy was written by Miller from his first-hand experiences with loyalty.

In 1956, at the height of the McCarthy Era, Miller refused to testify in front of the House of Un-American Activities Committee and name communist sympathizers. He was charged with contempt, but a ruling was later reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals. Miller’s struggle with choosing to abide by the law or remain loyal to his colleagues was very present in his play “A View from the Bridge.”

Director Prodan Dimov sat down with Myke Johns to discuss the complexities of this performance.

This piece was originally published with audio on WABE.org.

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