The Theatre Within proves themselves as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to producing challenging Indianapolis theatre. In their last season closer Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story, their drama packed a punch as a pair of twisted teens were put on trial. Their previous show Twilight of the Golds dove deep into difficult issues of abortion, genetic testing and discrimination. June 11 to 26 the Theatre Within tackles Proof, a Pulitzer Prize winning drama that examines familial relations and the magic of math. Tickets to this Indianapolis performing arts event are $15.00. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm.
The story in Proof belongs to Catherine, the daughter of a recently deceased mathematical genius and professor at the University of Chicago named Robert. As she struggles with her own genius for math and mental illness, Catherine was left alone to care for her ailing father through his lengthy mental illness. Upon his death, one of Robert’s former grad students, Hal, discovers a paradigm shifting proof about prime number in Robert’s university office.
As her sister Claire turns up to help negotiate their father’s funeral and belongings, Catherine is faced with a number of challenges. As she navigates her relationship with her sister, who wants to see Catherine placed in an institution, Catherine must also prove authorship of the proof to protect her father’s legacy. All the while, Hal’s amorous approaches to Catherine create another layer of intrigue for her to face. Ultimately Catherine must face her fears of following her father’s footsteps both mathematically and mentally.
Proof premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in May of 2000. Five short months later, it made its Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The original production starred Mary Louise Parker, Larry Bryggman, Ben Shenkman and Johanna Day, with direction by Daniel J. Sullivan. In the role of Catherine, Parker earned a Tony Award for her performance. Leading roles were subsequently taken over by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anne Heche, Jason Hamilton and Neil Patrick Harris (in the role of Hal).
In addition to garnering recognition at the Tony Awards as Best Play and Best Actress, Proof earned a string of prestigious awards in 2001 including the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for Best Play and, of course, the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. In the course of its first year, Proof became a modern American classic, which touched the hearts and minds of theatre goers across the United States.
In 2005, Gwyneth Paltrow took on the role of Catherine in the film version, opposite Anthony Hopkins as Robert, Hope Davis as Claire and Jake Gyllenhaal as Hal. The film was directed by John Madden and opened to critical and commercial success.
Don’t miss Proof at the Theatre Within June 11 through 26. With a reputation for producing serious Indianapolis theatre art, the Theatre Within offers a reflective season of challenging and well written drama. Located in the Indianapolis cultural district, Fountain Square, the Theatre Within has prime Indianapolis real estate in a burgeoning cultural hot spot. Before the show, treat yourself to dinner at any of the nearby Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, discuss who the burden of “proof” really lies on in today’s world over drinks at any of these refreshing Indianapolis bars.
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June 11 to 26
Theatre Within at the Church Within
1125 Spruce Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203