Why A View From the Bridge? A Note From the Artistic Director

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Frederick Weller and Catherine Combs in the Young Vic production of A View From the Bridge. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

Welcome to our new 2017/2018 Season. Among the Goodman’s artistic priorities is our desire to explore, reinvigorate and reimagine classic works for the stage, finding new resonance in plays from other eras. Arthur Miller is a playwright whose work is at once specific to his time and place (20th century America) and also universal, with themes that transcend its audiences’ cultural background or birth year. His play A View From the Bridge tells the story of Eddie Carbone, a hardworking Italian American of the 1950s, whose transgressive love for his wife’s teenage niece leads to a tragedy of Greek proportions. I am thrilled to open our season with this heartrending, ambitious work by one of America’s finest playwrights. And we are honored to welcome back Belgian director Ivo van Hove with his extraordinary production—originally presented, to enormous acclaim, at London’s Young Vic—to Chicago.

Since 2001, Ivo has served as the artistic director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam, a prestigious and innovative company that presents a mixture of reimagined classic works, new texts and multidisciplinary collaborations of theater, design and dance. He has long been internationally lauded as a director who views American plays through a European lens, and placing them in stunning visual and aural landscapes that separate them from the cultural traditions and theatrical conventions from which they emerged. Ivo has maintained a consistent presence in New York since the 1990s, but his work has rarely been seen in Chicago: at the Goodman, his production of Toneelgroep’s Mourning Becomes Electra was a stand-out hit of our A Global Exploration of Eugene O’Neill in the 21st Century in 2009. In recent years, he has become a Broadway sensation, winning two Tony Awards for this extraordinary production A View From the Bridge while earning accolades for his rendering of another of Arthur Miller’s masterworks, The Crucible.

As a director, I have also intimately explored Arthur Miller’s work. My 1998 production of Death of a Salesman opened at the Goodman before transferring to Broadway and won four Tony Awards. And I worked with the playwright himself on the world premiere of his final play, Finishing the Picture, here at the Goodman in 2004. When I saw Ivo’s production of A View From the Bridge in London, I was struck by its raw minimalism and explosive storytelling, and immediately set out to bring it to the Goodman.

This production widened my view of what an Arthur Miller play can be. I hope it will do the same for you.

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Robert Falls
Artistic Director of Goodman Theatre


Buy tickets and learn more about A View From the Bridge here. Onstage seating available. Tickets start at just $25!