Proof Script

Welcome to another year of Page to Stage! 

Our next play is one that gives us an opportunity to examine shifts of all kinds–everything from the start of winter to relationships to our understanding of what truth means and how we come to know it. Proof is described as the story of an enigmatic young woman named Catherine, her estranged but concerned sister, their brilliant father, and an unexpected suitor. They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof. As is always the case here at Prospect Theater Project, however, this text offers us far more to ponder. What does it mean to be a genius? How do we recognize mental illness–in ourselves and others? Is brilliance the purview of the young? Is proof itself something we derive in isolation–or in companionship with others?

This work by David Auburn won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and, that same year, the Tony Award for Best Play. To whet your appetite for more about Proof, here’s a nifty story from Playbill, which interviewed Auburn right after he won the Pulitzer for his work (when, incidentally, he was only 31 years old).

We’ll be discussing this play after the matinee on opening weekend. That is Sunday, Nov. 12. We should be getting underway at about 4pm. We look forward to meeting you all again in the Annex Space for a robust discussion and something warm to drink!