The Cayman Drama Society has been a busy bee this year. The curtain has barely closed on the production ‘On Golden Pond’, and already the society is preparing for the opening of ‘Proof’ in May.

Due to early demand, the society has already made tickets available to purchase online, so if you don’t want to miss out, now is the time to get your seats.

Plot

Set in the untidy back garden of a disheveled terraced house in Chicago, the play centres around Catherine, who is scared that she might have inherited her father Robert’s mental and debilitating disease. Robert, a professor, was a world-renowned mathematician whose final four years were racked by mental illness and Catherine dropped everything to care for him. Now, Robert has passed, even though she still sees him standing right by her, chiding her to get a life and to continue her own, very private work in mathematics.

Hal, an ex-graduate student of Robert, is scouring Robert’s house for any further works of mathematical genius that might never have been published. He has had well-suppressed feelings for Catherine and they emerge at this sad time. She is withdrawn at first, but Hal persists and wins from her a key to a locked desk drawer. A single notebook with an incredibly advanced and paradigm-shifting mathematical proof is discovered. But who wrote it?

Claire, Catherine’s elder sister is more interested in transferring Catherine from Chicago to New York. Catherine suspects that Claire’s motives may have something to do with her own thoughts of possibly having inherited Robert’s mental issues. Sharp as a tack at one moment, lightly comedic at another, and definitely a love story, the play will take you backwards and forwards in time as the great mystery is solved.

Kirsty Halliday, a seasoned local actress, plays Claire, Catherine’s elder sister.

‘Proof’ was created by the American playwright David Auburn. It was developed at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. The play premiered Off-Broadway in May 2000 and transferred to Broadway in October 2000. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Such actors as Mary-Louise Parker, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Anne Heche have played the part of Catherine on Broadway, with Josh Hamilton and Neil Patrick Harris playing the part of Hal. Mary-Louise Parker won the Tony Award for her lauded performance.

Local cast

A strong local cast in this Cayman Drama Society production includes two newbies in the leading roles: Jaci Patrick as Catherine and Marc Thomas as Robert. Joining them are Liam Oko as Hal and Kirsty Halliday as Claire.

The play is recommended for ages 16 years and older due to themes, language and content. ‘Proof’ runs on weekends from May 9 to May 25 at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre. Happy hour begins when doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Buy online at www.cds.ky.

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