The Morristown Theatre Guild is proud to present David Auburn’s PROOF from November 5 to November 13, 2021, a continuation of its 87th season.
An enigmatic woman and her brilliant father are visited by her career-minded sister and an unanticipated suitor. After the discovery of a groundbreaking mathematical proof, Catherine is confronted with the question of how much of her father’s brilliance did she inherit – and is that the only thing he passed on to her?
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, David Auburn’s PROOF is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love. Auburn also wrote the screenplay of the 2005 film version, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as the screenplay for the 2006 film, THE LAKE HOUSE, with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
Chris Wylie, who is making his directorial debut with this production, describes Catherine, played by young Guild veteran Emily Livesay, as being “haunted by the fear that she might also share her father’s debilitating mental illness. She has spent years caring for him, yet still feels alone in doing so.” Wylie expounds on her character, adding, she is caught between “a newfound connection with Hal, one of her father’s former students, and the reappearance of her career-minded sister, Claire, and finds both her world and her mind growing increasingly unstable.”
Although the play centers on Livesay’s Catherine, the other three characters add exponential growth. Robert, the father, is played by Jeff Spencer, whose last Guild appearance was in 2020’s FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, before the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended the season. Hal is played by Blaine Sebastian, who makes his Theatre Guild debut. Also making her debut is Reagan Livesay as Claire. Wylie hopes that the audience appreciates the work that the cast has put into their performances, as he believes most everyone can relate to the characters and the story in some way. “There’s a little bit of math, a little mental illness, but a whole lot of love woven throughout the play, all from these characters and the cast.” He also cautions that the play contains adult language, which may not be suitable for young patrons.
PROOF is produced by the Morristown Theatre Guild and plays at the Morristown-Hamblen Library Community Room, 417 West Main Street, from November 5–13, 2021.
The Theatre Guild remains committed to performances that ensure the health and safety of our performers, crews and especially our audiences. Measures will be in place to help make this challenging time a rewarding and powerful experience for our community.