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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.; 1 edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822217821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822217824
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for best play, PROOF had an extended Broadway success, running 917 performances between October 24 2000 and January 5 2003--no small feat for a drama that encompasses issues of creativity, mental illness, and of all things higher mathmatics.

The overall scope of the play seems generally suggested by the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathmatics genuis who was at the time a "hot" subject due to both a 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and a 1994 biography by Sylvia Nasar as well as the revelation that his genuis had been gradually overshadowed by significant illness--a combination which attracted Hollywood interest and ultimately resulted in the 2001 Academy Award-winning film A BEAUTIFUL MIND. In PROOF, however, the focus is not a mentally ill mathmatical genius based on Nash, but rather on a daughter who has spent many years caring for precisely such a person and who upon his death must deal with not only grief and uncertainty arising from the loss, but the distinct possibility that she may have inherited from her father not only his talent but his madness as well.

The play, which requires four actors and a single unit set, opens with father Robert and daughter Catherine in conversation on the eve of Catherine's birthday. Although intense, the scene appears quite natural until the fact that Robert is dead arises--and Catherine, startled awake, is left unsure if she has merely dreamed or insanely hallucinated. Catherine must now deal with her estranged sister Claire, who has concerns that Catherine may herself be going mad, and one of her father's former students, Hal, to whom she has grudgingly given permission to sort through the papers her father created during his long years of mental illness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Downing Heese on January 12, 2012
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Easily one of my favorite plays of all time. A truly fantastic story that hits hard once transferred to the stage. The movie doesn't do it justice and this is a must see at any local college or theatre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vance on November 10, 2010
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This was a great play to read. Now if only I can find a production. The characters were well-rounded, and the topic absorbing. A play about math! God forbid. But it worked because ultimately it was a play about people and real problems.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bell on February 28, 2010
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I've seen this play twice in the last week, and the movie some time ago. Last week's play in North Hollywood was produced by the actress who played Catherine. She's talented, and doubtless wanted to do the show since it is such a wonderful vehicle for a young woman. She also is in a wheelchair.

What I saw during this show is the nearly continuous humor! Some Amazon reviewers have mentioned the wit -- one calling it sarcasm -- but none have paid it the heed I think it deserves. And that's one of the things about live theater. The humor really comes out, takes a stretch and breathes. Of course it also illuminates the characters, probably much more economically than simple exposition could.

The second production I saw was LACHSAs -- the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. They staged it with FORTY actors, switching midscene between pairs of students. It was much less jarring than you might think. So that gave us many-more-than-one takes on how an actor might work with the material. Plus these young people got to flex their wings.

So I bought the script from Amazon and will see about producing it. My dad is a PhD mathematician. I'm a middle aged guy. Let's say talentwise I'm at the experienced community theater level. But I have an advantage that may let me do something special with the play.

My daughter is a talented actress. And she's 25.
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By Amazon Customer on December 23, 2013
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Bought this script for a high school drama student to read, mark up and review. It did the job. Nice size, decent type face, tight binding. No frills paperback, but it did note alternate versions of this play. Everything needed to read/study this modern play in it's stage form. THIS IS NOT THE FILM version. Basic professional script from the experts at producing scripts--Dramatists Pay Service, INC.
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By Girl On Earth on September 3, 2012
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I am doing this for a school play and I purchased two copies for myself. They are quality copies and very new. No wears or tears.
Mine seem to be capable of obsessive use without wear and tear for awhile.
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I believe that the book gave a fair and accurate account of what happened back then. I think that we should learn from our history when the opportunity presents itself. I think it is a good book
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A required book for one of my courses this past semester. An interesting play if you enjoy reading plays. Otherwise, the film will suffice.
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