Merced College to perform Arthur Miller drama

Merced-area thespians will perform Arthur Miller’s drama “A View From the Bridge” in Mariposa later this month.

Merced College’s Community Services program, which includes a noncredit play production course, plans several performances at Mariposa County Park Amphitheater, 4998 County Park Road in Mariposa, according to a press release.

The first two showings are at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. The following weekend’s performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 and 2 p.m. Oct. 27.

“‘A View From the Bridge’ winds its way beneath pretense to the heart of human emotion,” said producer Fred Friedland, in the release. “This play is an exciting adventure as we uncover the many layers.”

Set in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn in the 1950s, the play focuses on longshoreman Eddie Carbone, his wife, Beatrice, and his wife’s orphaned niece, Catherine, whom they’ve raised as a daughter.

Catherine is in love with one of Beatrice’s illegal immigrant cousins. Eddie, believing the cousin is using Catherine to get his citizenship, does what he can to stop him.

Friedland described Miller as the major playwright of the mid-20th century. Miller wrote “The Crucible,” “Death of a Salesman” and “All My Sons,” among other plays.

Tickets are only available in advance and will not be sold at the door, the release stated.

Tickets are available in Mariposa at Mariposa Shipping and the Mariposa County Arts Council, both located on Highway 140.

Tickets are available in Merced at the Merced College Bookstore and Merced College Community Services office, both at the 3600 M St. campus, as well as Peraino’s Jewelers, 2844 G St., and Gottschalk Music Center, 355 W. Main St.