SCT is holding auditions for it’s winter drama:
“PROOF,” David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning play of love, loss, mathematics and mental illness. Suspenseful and crackling with wit.
Mon, Dec 12 & Tues, Dec 13th
Cerro Coso College
Mammoth Lakes Foundation / Edison Building
(use main entrance to the left)
Check out the “sides” you’ll read ——————> to the left! ——————> (Adobe .pdf files you can download) ——————> You may also contact the director, Allison McDonell Page at (323) 646-5055 to borrow a copy of the script. Rehearsals for this show start after the new year. Performances have been scheduled for March 22nd – April 8th, 2012.
Set in Chicago, a former mathematician genius, who suffered from mental illness, has died. His daughter Catherine, who dropped out of college to take care of him while he was sick, is preparing for the funeral when Hal, one of her father’s students, shows up to look through her dad’s old notebooks. Meanwhile, Catherine’s sister Claire, worried about Catherine’s mental state arrives wanting to bring Catherine back to New York with her. When Hal discovers a theorem in one of the notebooks that mathematicians had thought impossible, Catherine claims it was she who wrote the proof, not her father. But did she? The handwriting in the notebook looks very like her father’s. As the mystery develops and resolves, the playwright explores issues such as what the link may be between genius and madness and whether either or both can be inherited. Through dynamic and witty characters the playwright tells a story about human relationships, suggesting that developing trust and love can be as difficult, and just as uncertain, as establishing the truth of a mathematical proof.
Catherine: 25. A mathematician like her dad. She has spent a lot of time alone taking care of her mentally ill father. As of late she has rarely been around others her own age. She is sharp, cerebral, acerbic, cynical and dry. It is not easy for her to trust others as she has had to fend for herself for so long but she when she does trust she trusts completely.
Claire: Late 20′s- early 30′s. Catherine’s older sister is a stock analyst in New York. She is worried that her sister has inherited her father’s genius as well as his mental illness. Though she comes across as controlling and critical Claire truly wants what is best for her sister and feels guilty for the overwhelming responsibility her younger sister had thrust upon her.
Robert: 50′s. A brilliant mathematician and professor that in his day did a tremendous amount for the field until his mental illness took the best of him. Like Catherine, he is excited by math and matters of the mind. But unlike Catherine he is jolly and seems to be high on life. There is certainly a special bond as well as deep love between the two of them.
Hal: Late 20′s – early 30′s. Robert’s former math student who is getting his PHD in mathematics. He’s afraid he will never come up with something brilliant and is enamored with genius. He is cerebral and dry, nerdy and lovable. You wonder if he’s always had a slight crush on Catherine making him a bit more awkward than he is usually when in her presence.