“Proof” by David Auburn
Study Guide prepared by Elaina LeRoux and Brenda Paro
Photo by: Joan Marcus www.epic-rep.com/Bios/DavidAuburn.gif
David Auburn was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 30, 1969 and studied political philosophy at the University of Chicago. His writing career began when he joined a comedy troupe as an extracurricular activity and began contributing sketches to the group’s repertoire. Auburn graduated in 1991 and was offered a writing fellowship by Amblin Productions, a Los Angeles-based company owned by filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Auburn took the opportunity and moved to Los Angeles to perfect his craft. After the fellowship ended, he moved on to New York, where he attended the Julliard School’s playwriting program. He began to write plays in earnest and had several of them produced by small New York theaters throughout the following years.
Along with his short plays and “Proof,” Auburn is best known as the author of “Skyscraper,” a darkly comedic play that ran off-Broadway in 1997. He was the screenwriter for the movie version of “Proof” in 2005, as well as for the movie “The Lake House” in 2006, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. Auburn debuted as a movie director with “The Girl in the Park,” starring Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth, and Keri Russell, in 2008.
Information for this section was compiled from the following sources: http://www.enotes.com/proof/biography http://www.greenmanreview.com/live/live_proof_1103.html http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-proofauburn/bio.html