Bob Eveleigh: The Port Elizabeth Musical and Dramatic Society (Pemads) will stage the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play, Proof, in the Little Theatre.
The play by David Auburn will be staged by Jamie-Lee Reynolds in her directorial debut. The production will run from August 24 to 28.
The play centres on Catherine, who has inherited her late father Robert’s mathematical brilliance but is haunted by the fear that she may also share his debilitating mental illness.
She has spent years caring for her now-deceased father, and after his death, she feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life without him.
Catherine is caught between a new-found connection with Hal, one of her father’s ex-graduate students, and the reappearance of her sister, Claire, as both her world and her mind seem to be growing increasingly unstable.
Robert was a Professor at the University of Chicago and has left behind a legacy of over 100 notebooks and it is in these notes that Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers.
The title of the play, which was filmed in refers both to that proof and the central question: Can Catherine prove the proof’s authorship?
So the action explores her fear of following in her father’s footsteps, both mathematically and mentally, and her desperate attempts to stay in control
It is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love and will be brought to life on the Little Theatre stage by a cast headed by Amy Claire Huntly, currently a student at AFDA in Port Elizabeth and who will be making her adult Port Elizabeth theatre debut in Jamie-Lee’s production
Hal will be played by 2016 Clover Award-winning Best Drama Supporting Actor for his work in both The PE Shakespearean Festival’s Twelfth Night and Platform Productions’ Other Desert Cities, Tim Collier, with Erin-Ashleigh Palmer, also making her dramatic debut, as Claire, and PE stage veteran, Mark Farrow as Robert, who will be seen only in flashback sequences and in Catherine’s imagination.
Booking details will be announced shortly.