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Independent Drama Society begins its 2010-2011 season with ‘Proof’


From August 19-28, the Independent Drama Society begins its 2010-2011 season, a season of love and loathing, with Proof, David Auburn’s compelling theatrical examination of genius, family, and frailty. Directed by Chris Anton (And Then There Were None), Proof presents a striking look at a timeless question: just how far does the apple fall from the tree?

Walk the razor-thin line between genius and insanity in David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama about family and frailty. Catherine’s aging father is a brilliant but unstable mathematician. As days go by, she grows more concerned for her father’s sanity, and her own as well.

For Proof, playwright David Auburn won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play. A graduate of the University of Chicago and The Juilliard School’s playwriting program, Auburn has also written the plays Skyscraper and What Do You Believe About The Future?, in addition to the screenplays for the 2005 film adaptation of Proof and the 2006 film The Lake House. In 2007, he made his directorial debut with The Girl in the Park, for which he also wrote the screenplay. He has been the recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Proof challenges as well as entertains you,” says director Chris Anton. “The play inspires an enthusiasm for the characters, and it builds relationships that are believable and memorable. Using the language of math to discuss the laws of nature, Auburn closely examines the blurred line between genius and madness. It’s the best reason not to fear math since A Beautiful Mind.”

Kate Daly and Mark Bourbeau will play Catherine and Robert in the Independent Drama Society production, which will also feature Chris Larson and Kara Manson.

The design team includes Kirsten Opstad (Set Design); Lindsay Eagle (Costume Design); Kimberly Smith (Lighting Design); and Chris Larson (Sound Design). Benjamin Flad is the Stage Manager.

Proof will run for two weeks in the Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tickets can be purchased on brownpapertickets.com for $15, at the door for $17, or for $13 for students and seniors.

IDS founding member Chris Anton will helm this production, his third Independent Drama Society production after directing Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Say No More (SLAM Boston first runner-up). Most recently, Chris was dramaturg for IDS’s Three Days of Rain. He has previously directed Arsenic and Old Lace, and assistant directed/stage managed Flowers For Algernon and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Boston University). Acting credits include Pridamant (The Illusion, Independent Drama Society) and Lucentio (The Taming of the Shrew, Medfield Gazebo Players). He holds a Master’s degree in Math Education from Boston University. Chris works as a Science Editor at Pearson Education and an avid tutor for The Princeton Review.

“There is no one I trust more to put on an amazing production than Chris Anton,” says Artistic Director Lindsay Eagle. “His mind is constantly working, constantly churning out innovative idea after idea. As a teacher and math textbook editor with a specific and personal understanding of the themes in Proof, Chris will craft a moving and incisive production that you will not want to miss.”

In its third season, a season of love and loathing, the Independent Drama Society explores how powerful emotions can inspire ordinary human beings to do the impossible–or cause their ultimate downfall. In August, with David Auburn’s Proof, IDS explores family ties and the bond between father and daughter. In September, transcendent passion binds lovers together in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Greed and fear drive businessmen to take desperate action in the January production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. In the spring, true love keeps lovers together in the heart-rending afterlife of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of the Independent Drama Society.

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