History of “Proof”
“Proof” was originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club on May 23, 2000, and directed by Daniel J. Sullivan. The principal actors were Mary-Louise Parker as Catherine, Larry Bryggmann as Robert, Ben Shenkman as Hal, and Johanna Day as Claire. In October of that same year, the play appeared on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater, where it ran through 2003, with a total of 917 performances. The original cast performed the play through 2001; after that year, actresses Jennifer Jason Leigh and Anne Heche both took turns in the role of Catherine, while Josh Hamilton and Neil Patrick Harris both appeared as Hal.
Since its first production, “Proof” has been performed multiple times by various theater groups. Auburn adapted the play for the screen and it was made into a movie in 2005 starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Information for this section was compiled from the following sources: http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=12546 http://www.goldfishpublishers.com/proof_WKT.html http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-proofauburn/hist.html
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Mary-Louise Parker, the woman who first starred as Catherine in the original 2000 run of “Proof,” was born August 2, 1964 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She did many off-Broadway shows in the 1980s and made her first Broadway appearance in “Prelude to a Kiss” in 1990. At this time she won the Theatre World Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and a Tony nomination. Her performance in “Proof” won her a Tony Award for best performance by a leading actress in a play in 2001.
Aside from her active theater career, Parker has also made appearances in movies and on television. She received an Emmy in 2002 for her performance in “The West Wing.” She has also