AVID Auburn’s psychological drama Proof is the latest dramatic piece tackled by Javeenbah Theatre.
The play tells the story of Catherine, who tries to prove her dead father’s scientific theory and while she has inherited his genius, she also has to come to grips with the possibility she has also inherited his insanity.
The small cast of four – Natalie Stephenson as Catherine, Nathan Schulz as Harold, Miranda Duncan as Claire and Michael Beard as Robert – are among the Gold Coast’s ‘‘finest actors’’.
‘‘I’ve been blessed with an incredible cast of truly talented actors,’’ director Barry Gibson says.
‘‘Not many directors can say this, but we could have opened the show weeks ago, we’ve been rehearsed and ready for an audience for a while now.’’
Gibson says Proof is very much a family drama with a maths backdrop.
‘‘When people hear the plotline, they hear the words ‘‘maths’’ and ‘‘mental illness’’, but Proof is essentially a family drama and that’s something everyone can relate to,’’ he says.
‘‘Playwright David Auburn wrote the script to merge his interests in science and maths into a modern-day drama, but also to explore an often taboo topic of mental illness.’’ And the rarely explored subject paid off. Proof claimed the triple crown of top honours in 2001 with a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play and a Drama Desk Award.
‘‘People may be familiar with the storyline as the play was adapted into a film in 2005 starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins,’’ Gibson says.
‘‘So people who enjoyed the film will certainly enjoy the play. And those that haven’t seen either will definitely be moved by the plotline.’’
opens at Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang, tomorrow and plays Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm until September 22.
Michael Beard as Robert and Natalie Stephenson as Catherine in Javeenbah Theatre’s new drama,