Arthur Millers The Hook Gets Its First American Staging in Brooklyn
An adaptation of Millers 1950 screenplay about a Red Hook longshoremans killing gets its first American staging aboard the Waterfront Museum.
On a barge in Red Hook, Brooklyn, dockworkers chant against their corrupt union boss. Were striking this ship! yells the groups leader. Old barrels sit on the edge of a bare stage as it sways beneath the actors feet.
This is a scene from Brave New World Repertory Theaters production of The Hook, the first American staging of an adapted Arthur Miller screenplay. The show, which opens at the Waterfront Museum on Friday, follows Marty, a longshoreman in 1950 who fights against the union corruption that controlled Red Hooks waterfront. Miller based the screenplay on the life of Pete Panto, a local dockworker who was killed more than 80 years ago, presumably for standing up to the port bosses.
Now the show returns to the neighborhood in which it set, staged aboard a docked ship straight from Pantos time.
The location does 50 percent of the work for us, said Claire Beckman, who directed the show and is the artistic director for Brave New World, which specializes in site-specific works.