Thursday, January 7, 2010

Liev Schreiber to play Red Hook Longshoremen

Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson will be on Broadway starting January 24th playing A View from the Bridge. Set in the 50s, it focuses on an insular Italian-American community under the Brooklyn Bridge. Schreiber plays Eddie, a longshoreman, obsessed with his niece, Catherine, played by Johansson.

A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller was first staged on September 29, 1955, at Coronet Theatre on Broadway. In the early 50s, the famous playwright was researching for a screenplay for Elia Kazan, about the corruption on the Brooklyn docks, entitled The Hook. It was never produced, but during his research he met a longshoreman who recounted a true story which gave him the basic plot line that became the famous play.

An original first edition cover

A piece of history.
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