Set against the backdrop of theoretical axioms and the discovery of a potentially historic mathematical Proof, is an extraordinary story of familial devotion and discord, identity, sacrifice, trust and the precarious pathway linking brilliance and mental instability.
John DeSotelle directs a strong ensemble cast featuring Judith Feingold, Gene Pope, Whitney St. Ours and Kyle Begley in this beautiful and intimate story about Catherine, the daughter of a famous mathematician, Robert, who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work within 103 notebooks her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook presents Catherine with the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness--or genius--has she inherited?
With each production, rising Nu•ance Theatre Co. is gaining a reputation of presenting incredible theatrical performances - whether compelling ensemble acting, atmospheric lighting and sound that enrich ghostly projections, innovations creating actual rain on stage (Condemned), or ambitious and immersive set designs (as in a depression-era union warehouse (Waiting for Lefty), a 1930’s-style tenement apartment (Awake and Sing!), and the stone walls of Elsinore Castle complete with a draw bridge (Hamlet)). Now with David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning play, PROOF, returning Scenic Designer, Matt Imhoff (Hamlet) and Sound Designer Megan Culley (Hamlet) have joined with director John DeSotelle to create the site and sounds of a typical mid-west, suburban back porch setting along with distinct visual elements that skirt the lines between genius and madness.