You’ve heard me spout off before about my love for the Brooklyn Bridge (see post). Now you can see a play about the Roebling family, those engineering geniuses who changed the way we live.
Actors’ NET of Bucks County launches its 14th season with
the world premiere of Mark L. Violi’s historical drama Roebling: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge, Sept. 25 – Oct. 11.
Mr. Violi’s script is set in New York between 1869 and 1883 and reveals the battle waged against all odds by the Roebling family of Trenton to construct the Brooklyn Bridge.
Designed by John Roebling, who died shortly after the project began, the project was continued by his son, Washington. When tragedy struck the son, his wife, Emily, took over. Along the way, the Roeblings fought corruption, sabotage and sexism. NET Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle
of Morrisville directs.
“Mark Violi has written a sweeping drama of the Roeblings’ determination to build what was at the time the largest suspension bridge in the world,” Ms. Doyle said. “In a script inspired by actual events, we go behind the scenes to understand not only how the bridge was built, but how the project was plagued by unscrupulous competitors who would stop at nothing to win the bridge-building contract for themselves.
“Today, we all take the Brooklyn Bridge for granted,” Ms. Doyle continues. “The Roeblings not only connected Brooklyn to Manhattan — making travel between the boroughs faster and easier — but, they revolutionized how suspension bridges are built. This achievement came at the cost of workmen’s lives, including architect/builder John Roebling. Playgoers will see firsthand that beyond steel and concrete, the bridge was completed because Emily Roebling loved her husband so much that she wouldn’t let this dream die.”
Roebling: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge will be performed at the Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, Pa., near the Calhoun Street Bridge. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $10 for children under 13. To reserve, call 215-295-3694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line with credit card at http://www.brownpapertickets.com – at the site, search for “actorsnet.” The theatercompany’s web site is http://www.actorsnetbucks.org.