During February 15-18, the Galvin Studio Theatre was the center of activity for A View from the Bridge written by Arthur Miller. This play was director and senior Sam Jones' second time directing in the Studio Theatre, and his experience showed.
A View from the Bridge tells the tragic story of a longshoreman, Eddie Carbone (first-year Bryan Woods), and the problems that arise when his wife's cousins from Italy come to live with them as illegal immigrants. Catherine, Eddie's niece, (played by senior Megan Clarke) falls for Rudolpho, (first-year, Tyler Hughes), and this causes issues for Eddie, as he comes to realize that he may love Catherine more than he should. The rest of the cast included senior Brian Leibforth as Marco, junior Sarah Goodall as Beatrice, sophomore TJ Green as Mr. Alfieri, and senior Christian Colmenares and first year Anthony Duckett as Eddie's Longshoreman pals, Mike and Louis.
The play was very well-received and sold out almost every night. Even the icy weather on Feb. 17 didn't keep people away! The show lasted around an hour and forty-five minutes with no intermission and performed in a very intimate thrust style in the 50-seat studio theatre. Throughout the production, actors were able to walk through and use aisles that went directly through the audience, allowing them to feel like a true part of the action.
This show, unlike many Studio Theatre shows, was nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, with a respondent coming to see the production and offering feedback to actors and technicians alike about their work. This also included the selection of Irene Ryan nominees Woods and Goodall.
Goodall says of Jones's directing, "You could tell how much Sam knew the script and the characters, but he still let us bring ourselves into the roles. He is a great director and I think I grew as an actor more in this show than in any other I have participated in to date at St. Ambrose!"
A View from the Bridge was truly was a great and timely production, presenting many lessons still quite relevant to our society today. So just know that if you didn't get to view it (wink), you really missed out!