Hudson Shakespeare
By David Auburn
Directed by Jon Ciccarelli
Produced by L. Robert Johnson
For the first show of 2009, HSC choose to break from classical theater with a modern theater piece certain to become a modern classic. Since it's publication in 2001, "Proof", the story of a young woman coming to terms with the legacy of her famous mathematician father and the toll his mental illness took on her life, has taken theater and film by storm. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and made into a 2005 film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins, this comedy-drama blends the complex beauty of mathematics with the equally complex interrelationships of family members struggling to reach each other and know themselves. 

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Catherine      Noelle Fair
Robert     Charles J. Roby
Hal                       Devin Landin
Claire                    Jennifer L. Nasta

Plot Synopsis:
Catherine, the 20-something daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius and famous professor at the University of Chicago, struggles with mathematical genius and mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office. While fending off qestions of the discovery, Catherine also must deal with her often absent and overbearing sister, who returns home for their father's funeral. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? Along with proving the proof, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally.

Performance Dates:
Location: The Beckmann Theater
American Theater of Actors Complex
314 W. 54th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for Seniors and Students

Wednesday, March 4, 8PM
Thursday, March 5, 8PM
Friday, March 6, 8PM
Saturday, March 7, 3PM and 8PM
Sunday, March 8, 5PM

Kenilworth Public Library
Friday, March 13, 7:30PM

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To see other 2009 Show Pages:
A Midsummer Night's Dream (schools show)
Julius Caesar (Schools Show)
The Winter's Tale
Troilus and Cressida
The Sword Politik
The Merry Wives of Windsor

To view past seasons click on the - "Past Productions"

Hudson Shakespeare
Robert (Charles J. Roby) instructs his brilliant, but stubborn daughter Catherine (Noelle Fair) to stop wasting her life reading magazines and get back to her and his life's work of delving into the mysteries of matehmatics. Beckmann Theater, American Theater of Actors, New York, NY
Robert (Charles J. Roby) ruminates on his life’s work as a mathematician. Aside from the mechanics of mathematics there is an inherent beauty that comes with how elegant the equations all flow together. 1 +1 will always equal 2, but life was never that cut and dry especially when his mind began to fade. As he speaks to Catherine she wonders if her mind will fade as well. Here she listens to Robert after he has died. Is he a ghost, a hallucination, a simple dream or a symptom of her mind beginning to bo? Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
After Robert’s death, Hal (Devin Landin), a former graduate student of Robert’s, helps to go through his old notebooks looking for something that may possibly be an undiscovered masterpiece by the old master. Hal tries to engage Catherine (Noelle Fair) to go out and listen to his band but she just wants him to leave. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
Claire (Jennifer Nasta), Catherine’s older sister arrives for their father’s funeral. Claire unlike Catherine left home and their addled father and established her career. She sees the house and her sister a mess and moves right in to make it all right. The resentment  between her and Catherine (Noelle Fair) is palatable as they try to exchange pleasantries. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
Claire and Catherine agree to have Hal’s band play at the get together following their father’s funeral. The occasion turns into a major party as former students and colleagues celebrates Robert’s life. Catherine (Noelle Fair) steps away to get some air and away from people but is pursued by Hal (Devin Landin) trying to get her to join the party. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
After some further pestering, Catherine and Hal strike up a conversation about the big names in mathematics. Hal worships her father but Catherine (Noelle Farr) demythologizes him by saying he was just a man. She also goes on to describe that genius is not always found in the expected places. She recounts a young 18th century  woman who corresponded for years with a math luminary before he found out her true gender. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
Hal and Catherine grow closer and spend the night together. Catherine decides to show Hal a notebook of math that he has not seen. It turns out to be a work of amazing insight and just the type of genius that Hal was looking for. Both Hal (Devin Landin) and a gruff Claire (Jennifer Nasta) grill Catherine (Noelle Fair) as to why she held back this book and after much cudgeling states the book wasn’t written by Robert but by her. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
In a crazed frenzy, a distraught Catherine (Noelle Fair) tries to destroy the book, but her and Claire (Jennifer Nasta) fight over it. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
In the present, Catherine becomes reclusive and sleeps for several days. The play flashes back to 4 years earlier when Robert’s illness seems to have abated and Hal was one of his grad students. Here Catherine (Noelle Fair) is a different girl with a more positive outlook on the future. She tells Robert (Charles J. Roby) that given that he is apparently getting better she has enrolled in college but not the university where he worked and plans on living there. Here Robert lays into her plans saying that school is beneath her. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
In the present day, Claire (Jennifer Nasta) has proceeded with plans to sell Robert’s house and move Catherine to her home to look after her. Hal (Devin Landi) arrives to plead with Claire not to take her away and to lend her the notebook so that he can have its contents peer reviewed.. Claire not having any vested interest in the book gives it to Hal but warns him that any credit should go to her father and to leave Catherine alone. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
In another flashback scene, Robert’s condition has returned. In a cold November, he sits outside in shorts while feverishly working on a mathematical proof. This new episode  puts pressure on the now busy Catherine to return to her life of watching her father. He insists that this is not the case and for her to read the proof. Catherine eagerly wants to believe him and finds that the proof is not based on math but his astute observations of life. She knows what this means and withdraws back into her old life. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
In the present day, Catherine finally awakes and begins the task of packing up her life and relocating with Claire. The sisters finally have it out with Catherine (Noelle Fair) blasting Claire for always butting in and taking control and Claire (Jennifer Nasta) complaining that she had to because Catherine wasn’t up to it. Claire storms out saying if she wants to live her own life than to do so. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY
Hal (Devin Landin) arrives to a now alone Catherine (Noelle Fair) and tells her that the book checks out and can’t wait to get her permission to publish it. Catherine isn’t interested and decides to join Claire. Hal pleads with her to stay and begin a new life with him. Warts and all he’s ready to face whatever may come with her, Catherine decides to accept his offer. Beckmann Theater, New York, NY

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