A View from the Bridge - Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:                         Sunday 8th October, 6.00 pm, Foyer

Audition:                        Sunday 15th October, 4.00 pm, Coward Suite (please note the TIME)

Performance Dates:    Sunday 28th January – Saturday 3rd February 2018 (Auditorium)

Director:                         Dane Hardie


The Play

Eddie Carbone ekes out an existence working the docks in 1950s Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife Beatrice and her young niece Catherine. Now a teenager, Catherine elicits a longing in Eddie that he does his best to repress. But when two illegal Italian immigrants arrive and one of them falls for Catherine, Eddie’s inner turmoil violently explodes and the stage is set for tragedy.

The play is set in 1950s America, in an Italian American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.


Character List

Eddie Carbone (m 40s) - A Longshoreman. Eddie lives with his wife, Beatrice and orphaned niece, Catherine, in Red Hook Brooklyn. Eddie is powerless in the face of his tragic fate. He harbors a secret lust for his niece Catherine which causes his eventually destruction.

Catherine (f 17 - 18) - The niece of Eddie Carbone and Beatrice. Catherine is a beautiful, smart, young girl who is very popular among the boys in the community. Catherine seeks approval from her uncle and struggles when Eddie does not approve of Rodolpho, the man she intends to marry.

Beatrice (f 30s - 40s) - The wife of Eddie Carbone and aunt of Catherine. Beatrice has raised Catherine from the time she was very young. Beatrice is a warm and caring woman, more reasonable than Eddie.

Marco – (m 30s) The cousin of Beatrice. Marco comes to the U.S. to work and make money to send back to his wife and children in Italy. Marco is a hard working Italian man who is a powerful, sympathetic leader.

Rodolpho – (m 20s) Beatrice's young, blonde cousin from Italy. Rodolpho prefers singing jazz to working on the ships. To Eddie and the other Longshoremen, Rodolpho seems effeminate because he also cooks, sews and loves to dance. Rodolpho desires to be an American and have all the privileges of Western society including wealth and fame.

Alfieri – (m 40+) The action is narrated by Alfieri who, being raised in 1900s Italy but now working as an American lawyer, represents the "Bridge" between the two cultures. He speaks directly to the audience and attempts to make clear the greater social and moral implications of the play.

Mike - (m 30+) A Longshoreman and friend of Eddie's. Mike is often seen with Louis outside the Carbone home.

Louis - (m 30+) A Longshoreman and friend of Eddie's. Louis hangs out with Mike outside Eddie's home.

Tony - (m 30+) A friend of the Carbones. He assists Marco and Rodolpho off the ship and brings them safely to Beatrice's home.

First Immigration Officer – (m 30+) One of two officers from the Immigration Bureau who comes to look for Marco and Rodolpho at Eddie's request.

Second Immigration Officer – (m 20+) One of two officers from the Immigration Bureau who comes to look for Marco and Rodolpho at Eddie's request.

Mr. Lipari (m 40+) - A butcher who lives upstairs from the Carbone's. Eddie blames Mr. Lipari for the arrest of Marco and Rodolpho.

Mrs. Lipari (f 40+) - The upstairs neighbor of the Carbone's. Mrs. Lipari agrees to give Marco and Rodolpho a room in her home when Eddie kicks the men out of his house.

Two "Submarines" - Two illegal immigrants hiding upstairs from the Carbone's in the Lipari house.



Brooklyn accents for all characters apart from Marco and Rodolpho who speak with Italian accents.


Playing Ages

The playing ages listed above a purely guides, please do not refrain from auditioning for a part because you do not ‘fit’ into the ages suggested. I am much more interested in your use of physicality and the chemistry between the characters on stage.



At this stage the rehearsal schedule will be created once cast and all availability is taken into account. I will be aiming to rehearse initially 2-3 times per week.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions.

Dane Hardie



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