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URI Theatre to present A View From The Bridge; Opening night April 21

Media Contact: Bonnie Bosworth, 401-874-5922

KINGSTON, R.I. Ė April 6, 2011óThe University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will present Arthur Millerís A View From The Bridge April 21 - 23 and 28 - 29 at 7:30 p.m., April 30 at 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m., and May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre, Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.

Tickets are $16 for general admission, $12 for seniors and URI faculty/staff, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 beginning April 11 or online at www.uri.edu/theatre.


Miller, a Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright, heard a simple story that captured his imagination and continues to capture ours. Set in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, N.Y., neighboring the Brooklyn Bridge, longshoreman Eddie Carbone and his wife, Beatrice, live with their adopted, orphaned niece Catherine, a beautiful, young girl.

The arrival of two of Beatriceís relatives, illegal immigrants from war-torn Italy, who like many others come to the U.S. to work and support their European families, precipitate a difficult situation. With the power of Greek tragedy, Miller creates Eddie as a respected, hard-working family man whose deeply buried feelings create horror in his own heart as well as in others. Millerís other great plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible.

The show is directed by URI Associate Theater Professor Bryna Wortman whose recent directorial credits include Unbound, Small Tragedy, Merchant of Venice, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. URI Associate Professor of Theater David T. Howard is designing costumes, URI alumna Cheryl deWardener is the set designer, URI alumnus Matthew Terry is lighting designer and guest artist Michael Hyde will be in charge of audio.

Actors, their roles and hometowns follow:

Actor, Character, Hometown
Jim Sullivan, Eddie, Cranston
Andrew Burnap, Alfieri, South Kingstown
Betsy Rinaldi, Catherine, Coventry
Stephanie Rodger, Beatrice, Coventry
Miles Boucher, Marco, Coventry
Andrew Chaffee, Rodolfo, Barrington
Frank Juarez, Mike, Brentwood, N.Y.
Aaron Weininger, Louis, Middletown
Mike Commendatore, Immigration Officer #1, Chepachet
Marc Tiberiis, II Immigration Officer #2, Pawtucket
Birk Wozniak, Mr. Lipari, North Kingstown
Sarah Leach, Mrs. Lipari, Smithfield
Benjamin Miller, Tony, Barrington
Benjamin Hill, Submarine #1, East Hampton, Conn.
Joshua Christensen, Submarine #2, Warwick
Emily Foster, Mrs. Dondero, Ivoryton, Conn,

Understudies

Miles Boucher, Eddie, Coventry
Benjamin Miller, Alfieri, Barrington
Julia Bartoletti, Catherine, Worcester, Mass.
Sarah Leach, Beatrice, Smithfield
Birk Wozniak, Marco, North Kingstown
Josh Christensen, Rodolfo, Warwick
Brandon Gailliard, Mike, Warwick
Benjamin Hill, Louis, East Hampton, Conn.
Brandon Gailiard, Immigration Officer #1, West Warwick
Benjamin Hill, Immigration Officer #2, East Hampton, Conn.

Pictured Above
Cast members of the University of Rhode Islandís production of Arthur Millerís A View From the Bridge are (left to right): URI students Andrew Chaffee of Barrington, Stephanie Rodger of Coventry, Miles Boucher and Betsy Rinaldi, both of Coventry, and Jim Sullivan of Cranston. URI Photo by Randy Osga.