Nameless Media and Productions Theatre’s 2012 Season Begins with David Auburn’s Proof on Jan.13th, 14th and 15th
Love, betrayal, forgiveness, mystery, and madness: not themes usually associated with math and mathematicians. Yet those are the exact subjects explored by David Auburn in his 2001 play, Proof, which is also the first production in the Nagoya-based Nameless Media and Productions Theatre’s 2012 Season. This engaging, fast-paced and beautifully written drama won both the Tony and Pulitzer prizes for best drama in 2001, and was adapted into a feature film in 2005 starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins.
In Proof, the young but guarded Catherine (Irene Dewald) grieves over the recent loss of her father, Robert (Michael Kruse). A famous mathematician, he had become a legend at the local university for solving complicated proofs, and for his battle with Schizophrenia. Just as Catherine begins to give in to her fear that she, too, might be afflicted with her father’s condition, Catherine’s older sister Claire (Jessica A Robison), returns home to help settle family affairs. In addition, Hal (Ritchie Croan), one of her father’s former students, starts to poke around the house. What Hal discovers in an old notebook tucked in a drawer upstairs brings to light a buried family secret that tests the sisters’ kinship as well as the romantic feelings growing between Catherine and Hal.
Described by the New York Times as “intensely alive, funny and human”, and being staged for the first time in Nagoya, Auburn’s play is a contemporary American classic, which like the mathematical proofs it explores, is both complex and elegant.
All performances will be presented with Japanese subtitles.
Performances: Jan 13th (7pm), Jan 14th (2pm & 7pm) & Jan 15th (2pm & 6pm)
Venue: Electric Cultural Centre, Fushimi (電気文化会館イベントホール)
Tickets are on sale now at ¥2,500 (general) and ¥1000 yen (student) from nmptheatre.com, the Aichi Arts Centre Playguide in Sakae (next to Oasis 21) or from any cast or crew member.