Written by David Auburn
Proof by David Auburn is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Approximately 110 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.
Discussions of mental illness, institutionalization, and grief.
Please no use of flash photography. Please silence all electronic devices including cellular phones and watches for the duration of the performance. Please refrain from text messaging during the performance.
Catherine — Juliana Pulsinelli ’22*
Robert — Ethan Luk ’24
Hal — Jay White ’24*
Claire — Cassy James ’23*
Robert/Hal understudy — Luke Pascucci ’22
Director — Vivia Font
Set Designer — Ricky Feig ’22*
Costume Designer — Juliana Pulsinelli ’22*
Lighting Designer — Saareen Junaid ’23*
Sound Designer — Joye Chen ’23*
Stage Manager — Lydia Gompper ’22*
Assistant Stage Manager — Frank Lu ’23
*denotes a certificate student in the Program in Theater
A Note from the Thesis Proposer
I first read Proof about five years ago, as a lonely, nerdy high schooler, and it immediately spoke to me: I was excited by the feminist aspects, and I deeply felt the isolation and desire to be taken seriously. In my years at Princeton, the play changed for me: I made friends, realized I wasn’t a math genius, and came to conclusions about my mental health my younger self couldn’t have imagined. But I still love the play, and as I apply to graduate school (in astronomy and planetary science) and look forward to an academic career, the need to check in with myself and see if I really am okay mentally is more important than ever. I hope you will remember to check in on yourselves too; and I hope that the academia of the future can prioritize our health over our output.
I want to thank everyone who made this play possible: Vivia for taking on this project, giving so many valuable insights, and helping me grow as an actor; Cassy, Ethan, and Jay for putting so much of themselves into their characters and creating such a strong ensemble; Lydia and Frank for all their hard work stage managing and keeping us on track; Saareen and Joye for their beautiful design work; Frank and Joye again for teaching us about the math department; Ricky for supporting me always in everything and letting me draft him as my set designer; the theater department for all they have done to make this show possible; and my family, for their everlasting support and willingness to fly to New Jersey every time I’m in a play.
And thank you for coming! I hope you enjoy Proof.
— Juliana Pulsinelli
Originally produced by Manhattan Theatre Club on May 23, 2000. Subsequently produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer), Roger Berlind, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Jujamcyn Theatres, Ostar Enterprises, Daryl Roth and Stuart Thompson on October 24, 2000.
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