At the first luncheon for our company, graciously hosted by advisor, Matti Leshem, several ideas were thrown around for a name.  Later that month, in a meeting with Robert Carnegie (also an advisor) at his acting school, Playhouse West, he reminded me of a scene we both loved from one of my all time favorite movies, On the Waterfront.  Carnegie said, "It should be named 437 River Street (where you go when you tell the truth) because that's when things started to come together for you." In the scene, directed by Elia Kazan, Rod Steiger threatens Marlon Brando in a taxicab (who has yet to decide whether he will testify against a crooked mob local union) with the line "Well you better make up your mind before we get to 437 River Street!"

 

There were things in this movie I had never seen before, like Brando spitting after a guy walks past him and calls him a punk, his improvisational fumbling with the uneven table in a bar where he and Eva Marie Saint (Edie) sit, and his unbelievably honest way he lost track trying to count $50.  I remember watching his improvisational use of when Edie drops her glove and he picks it up all the while continuing the scene, putting on the glove, sitting in the park's swing seat, all while concentrating on talking to Edie and everything else done is almost unconsciously as if he had practiced it a hundred times.  His having to think a moment before anwering Lee J. Cobb's question "How many times have you been knocked out, Terry?".  He thinks for a moment like the punch drunk fighter he is playing and says "Two.".  There are many other famous choices Brando made giving me a vision and understanding of acting that I have never forgotten.  We only hope that the productions here will also have things that audiences will take to thier grave.  

"Well you better make up your mind before we get to 437 River Street!"

                                                                                                                                                                                        -On the Waterfront, 1954

437 River Street 

Theatre Company

 

"Where you go when you tell the truth."

 

437 River Street

Theatre Company