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Tuesday, 18 May 2021 @ 04:19 am NZST


Proof by David Auburn, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Stagecraft Theatre will be performing Proof from 5–14 September (eight performances) at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons from 7 July. Auditions will be held on Sunday 23 June in the Upper Chamber, Toi Poneke, 61 Abel Smith Street from 1 to 5 pm for the following roles.
• Catherine – 25, large role. A brittle young woman at a crossroads in her life, trying to decide what to do now her mentally ill father has died and battling with her sister’s desire for her to move to New York, the attentions of her father’s former student, and her fear that she may have inherited her father’s mental instability as well as his gift for mathematics.
• Claire – 29, medium-sized role. Catherine’s perky, professional, annoying sister who is bright, but lacks Catherine’s genius and already doubts her sister’s sanity.
• Robert – 50s, medium-sized role. Intensely intelligent, caring and passionate but unstable father of Catherine and Claire. Shares a close bond with his younger daughter due to her sharing his mathematical genius.
• Hal – 28, medium-sized role. Well-intentioned, slightly geeky ex-student of Robert’s who is trying to find something of value in the many notebooks Robert left behind, and who embarks on an awkward relationship with Catherine.
Proof is set in Chicago and all actors must be able to sustain a standard American accent and will be expected to at least have a go at one during auditions. Coaching during rehearsals can be provided, if needed, for those cast.
This is a low-key, but highly engaging, drama about humanity and what is considered ‘sane’ in the modern world. It’s a great actors’ play and a good challenge for four talented people who want to get to grips with great characters, excellent writing and thought-provoking ideas.
For more information and to book an audition slot, contact the production manager Susannah Donovan on 021 267 2069 or

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