As the Gothic towers of the Brooklyn
Bridge are rising, Hart Crane is writing his epic poem ‘The Bridge’…and yet,
these events are separated by fifty years. In this (un)true story, Crane
becomes obsessed with the Bridge and its builder, history’s first female Chief
Engineer, Emily Warren Roebling.
The Bridge challenges
contemporary ideas of gender politics and female role models, and examines the
role of the outsider who struggles to change the world while finding acceptance
within it. Questions emerge about art versus science and beauty versus
function, and the ways the past, present, and future are linked by bridges –
real and metaphorical.