Proof at de nieuwe anita, photo by Arjen Veldt
Proof at de nieuwe anita, photo by Arjen Veldt

Downstage Left performed Proof, by David Auburn, in April 2022. Our first live performance after the lockdowns was a great success.

Proof is the story of Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a famous mathematician at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with the fine line between genius and madness. How much of either did she inherit from him?

Catherine has cared for her father through his long mental illness, while her sister Claire got on with her life in New York. Upon Robert’s death, Claire returns home to ‘settle’ family affairs whilst his ex-graduate student Hal searches Robert’s papers hoping to find a bit of his old brilliance.

What Hal discovers causes them all to examine the very nature of love, trust and sacrifice. It also raises the question: is it possible to prove anything?”

Proof won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001.

Praise for our production of Proof
“An excellent play excellently produced and performed in de Nieuwe Anita!” – Sue

“Saw the first performance of the wonderful play ‘PROOF’. It was so great and the actors were all excellent!” – David

“Such a wonderful production! Great acting all around, well-written script. Invites you to think!” – Michael

Where and when?
Downstage Left performed Proof at De Nieuwe Anita on April 12 and 13 and at Mike’s Badhuistheater on April 21, 22 and 23.

Cast and Crew

Catherine – Alyssa Wagner
Robert – Ben Evans
Hal – Denis Burke
Clare – Quin Mero

Dramaturge – Valia Tamvaki
Set Design – Jess Graham
Light and sound – Evonne Dunne
Promotion – Katharina Olsen

Poster design: Victoria Prokhorova @nika_prokhor

This amateur production of “Proof” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Plot summary adapted from “Proof”(CC-BY-SA)