by David Auburn
Director: Claire Lewis
Audition Dates: Tuesday 14 March & Wednesday 15 March at 7:30pm
Production Dates: Friday 16 June to Saturday 24 June 2017
Rehearsals: to begin first week of May, 3 week nights plus Sundays
Set in Chicago, modern day.
Proof centres on Catherine, who has spent her young life caring for her recently deceased father, Robert, a brilliant, ground-breaking mathematician and her struggle with genius, mental illness and staying in control. Catherine has to deal not only with her personal grief, but the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire, and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s, who hopes to find valuable work in the many notebooks Robert left behind.
The play is intriguing, with fascinating dialogue, well-developed characters and complex relationships.
Awards include, the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the Tony Award for Best Play.
Robert - Mathematician/Professor. Recently deceased. An idolised genius, praised for his ground-breaking work in his youth. Plagued with a delusional mental illness. He is seen in Catherine’s imagination and flashbacks. 50+
Catherine - Inherited her father’s genius – haunted by fears of also inheriting his debilitating mental illness. Vulnerable, unstable, isolated. 25
Hal - Past PhD student of Robert, who he idolised. Quirky, sensitive – conflicted. 28
Claire - Robert’s eldest daughter. Left family behind to live and work in NYC. Practical, no-nonsense, controlling ... on the surface. 29