KATE CHAMPION DIRECTS ADELAIDE CAST IN ARTHUR MILLER CLASSIC
Address: Festival Drive
Date: Jul 12 - Aug 3
Buy / Ticket: https://bit.ly/2RQoUCF
A cast of Adelaide favourites including Mark Saturno (Vale, Blasted), Elena Carapetis (Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Macbeth) Antoine Jelk (Long Tan) and State Theatre Company newcomer Maiah Stewardson (Girl Asleep) will bring the explosive production into the new age.
Set in Red Hook, Miller’s 1955 masterwork has its centre in Eddie Carbone (Saturno), a longshoreman who Miller describes as having ‘eyes like tunnels’. Eddie has pulled himself up from nothing, creating a life for himself and his wife Beatrice (Carapetis) and her niece Catherine (Stewardson) through sheer force of will. Wanting to do the right thing by Beatrice and his community, he takes in two illegal immigrants from Italy - Beatrice’s cousins Rodolpho (Jelk) and Marco (Dale March). When a romantic spark appears between Catherine and Rodolpho, Eddie is forced to wrestle with his shadow self.
A timeless story propelled by a man with a fatal flaw, A View from the Bridge is an exploration of unrequited love, abusive patriarchal power, the American dream and immigration.
Contemporary costumes by Enken Hagge, a dock-inspired set of heavy ropes and crates by Victoria Lamb and a soaring score by Jason Sweeney will work to create what Champion calls “a floating time capsule”, while still honouring ‘50s Brooklyn.
“This classic play, with its underlying themes of immigration and the contamination of a family unit by its forceful patriarch, is an alluring challenge for any director,” says Champion, who directed That Eye, The Sky for State Theatre Company in 2018.
“I look forward to discovering its rich and substantial relevance to our present day with this new production.”