OCTOBER 17-19 & 22-26, 2019 - CURTAIN AT 7:30PM - RED DEER MEMORIAL CENTRE - NICKLE STUDIO
a play by david auburn
On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; 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 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit?
Director/Set Design: Matt Grue
Lighting Design: Patrick Beagan
Sound Design/Original Music: Dustin Clark
Technical Director: Stephen Ridge
Stage Manager: Stephanie Grue
WINNER! PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA
WINNER! TONY AWARD BEST NEW PLAY
HERE'S WHAT OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:
Let’s just put it out there: Proof is my favorite play. That’s why, fifteen years ago, it was a no brainer to program it as our inaugural production.
On the surface, the proposition of marketing a play about MATH is a little daunting-however, one simply has to inform any prospective patron that the play is actually not at all about math, but about one woman’s fear of inheriting the devastating mental illness that afflicted her father; and that it’s about the relationship between estranged sisters who are forced to confront their tumultuous history against the backdrop of their only remaining parent’s funeral; it’s about the budding, if unlikely, romance between Catherine and Hal – who improbably connect over and share a passion for mathematics, and a deep reverence for her father who happened to serve also as Hal’s mentor. But beneath of all that is an extraordinarily compelling mystery surrounding the discovery of a notebook, kept under lock and key, whose contents contain perhaps one of the single greatest mathematical breakthroughs in the
past hundred years.
Revisiting this play, with most of our original company, is not something I thought I’d have the pleasure of doing when we said goodbye to this world all those years ago. The opportunity to bring to the table more than a decade of production and life experience will surely lead us to new and exciting discoveries, that will only enrich and build upon what is, still to this day, considered to be one of our most beloved productions.
‘Proof’, the longest running play on Broadway in the past 30 years and a Pulitzer and Tony Award winner to boot, is remarkable, classically structured play disguised as a modern masterpiece with dynamic characters who breathe life into a fast paced, often hilarious, drama/mystery with one of, if not the most exciting act breaks in all of theatre that will leave you counting the minutes until the end of intermission.
This show will most definitely rival the best of what you’re currently binging on Netflix; with an extraordinary cast and creative team, we aim to challenge your perception of what can be accomplished inside a small, studio theatre with the type of play that will leave you talking about it for days.