—by David Auburn. Directed by Carl Drake.
Cnr Arthur St & Main Highway
(Mystery/Drama) 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 fathers 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?
Proof contains themes of death, depression, mental illness, and adult language. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.
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Commence Sunday 5 January 2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays each week
from 7.30pm, Sundays from 12.30pm.
Thursday 12 to Saturday 21 March 2020 - 10 performances including 2
About the director
Carl Drake is an Actor, Director & Producer in both amateur and professional theatre spaces. Proof will be his 11th directorial position spanning 10 relatively short years in the performing arts. During this time, he attended a vast number of acting and directing workshops on a variety of techniques which he now draws from. These include, Meisner, Ivana Chubbuck, Uta Hagen, Jeremiah Comey, Matthew Harrison & Mark Travis. In 2018, he formed Cafe Theatre which entered a play in the recent Short+Sweet Festival and proudly won 3 awards including Judges Choice Award.
It will be his full first length play at Ellerslie Theatre having previously directed two One Act Plays, ‘Farewell’ in 2015 and ‘Dolores’ in 2017 which were well received by audiences.
Notes from the director
Rarely is one presented with the opportunity to direct a play that’s on one’s bucket list. Proof by David Auburn is one such play that has been on my list for many years, and as such, I’m both humbled and excited to be directing this play at Ellerslie Theatre.
Proof is an important play that demonstrates the complexities of mental health and how a series of unfortunate events coupled with unintentional interpersonal power-play dynamics from well-meaning loved-ones, can spiral someone into despair and manic depressive episodes.
This play requires 4 strong actors, who deeply understand and empathise with the characters as this will be both a challenging and exhilarating experience bringing this piece to life. Using a variety of directing techniques, I like to focus primarily on developing the relationships between each of the characters and work collaboratively with both cast and crew as a creative team. I hope to see you at the auditions.
The ages are only suggestions and should only be treated as guidelines. If you are outside of this age range but feel you are perfect for the role, please come along to audition.
||having placed her own dreams and aspirations on hold to care for her mentally ill father. Their relationship, although sometimes antagonistic on the surface, was sustained by strong mutual affection. Although she is a brilliant mathematician and strong, highly intelligent woman, Catherine is worried that, not only has she inherited her father’s genius, she may have also inherit his illness.
||Robert was a mathematical genius. When he was in his early twenties, he made major contributions to game theory, algebraic geometry, and nonlinear operator theory. While he was still in his twenties, Robert was afflicted by a serious mental illness, which dogged the remainder of his life. He became so incapacitated that his daughter Catherine had to stay at home to care for him. Robert had a deep affection for Catherine.
||is a former PhD student of Robert. Now working in the mathematics department of the local college and moonlighting in a rock-band, it is he who uncovers the proof. With a long term interest in Catherine, it is for a slightly insensitive and manipulative Hal to ascertain the truth behind the proof.
||elder sister to Catherine, recently relocated to New York and now returns to Chicago for a funeral, keen to take Catherine back to the Big Apple. She’s non-mathematical and sophisticated, wants Catherine to be within arm’s reach however is unwilling to offer her the support she likely needs. She has reservations regarding the proof’s authorship and certainly struggles to comprehend her younger sister being a ground-breaking scientist.