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Jan-19 to Feb-18, 2017
Thu-Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Mon 7:30pm
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STRAWSHOP ASSEMBLES AWARD-WINNING
TEAM FOR "PROOF" IN JANUARY
Cast, playwright, and organization have trophy cases that include the Pulitzer Prize, the Stranger Genius, and multiple TPS Gregory Awards.
Anastasia Higham and Charles Leggett make a New Year's return to Strawberry Theatre Workshop as father and daughter in David Auburn's "Proof"—opening on the Mainstage at 12th Ave Arts on January 19th for a five-week run.
On the eve of her 25th birthday, a young woman’s brilliant but unstable father—a famous mathematician—dies. His passing triggers volatile emotions, the arrival of her estranged sister, and the attentions of a student who seeks enlightenment in the scribblings the great man left behind. Over one long weekend, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of one mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult dilemma of all: how much of her father’s madness—or genius—has she inherited?
"Proof" was originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000 and transferred to Broadway in October of that year. Auburn won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award, then picked up Best Play recognitions from Lucille Lortel Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. "Proof" was developed into a 2005 film that featured Gwyneth Paltrow and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Higham established herself with Seattle audiences in 2015, starring as Emily Webb in Strawshop's "Our Town" and winning a TPS Gregory Award for her performance in "Horse Girls" at Annex. She plays Catherine—a role originated by Mary Louise Parker—while her sister, Claire, is played by Allison Standley, who is herself a multiple TPS Gregory Award nominee, and winner for "The Wild Party" at Sound Theatre in 2014. The stranger, Hal, is Kevin Kelly, who appeared last season in both "Violet" and "Death of a Salesman" at Artswest.
The recently deceased Robert is played by Leggett, one of Seattle's most recognizable actors—having only recently stepped off the stage at Seattle Rep in "A Raisin in the Sun" and having been widely praised for his turn as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" at ACT in 2015. Chuck won the first TPS Gregory Award for Outstanding Actor after he played Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" at Seattle Shakespeare in 2009, and has been a finalist for the Stranger Genius Award for Performance.
Artistic Director Greg Carter—who has himself been twice nominated for the TPS Gregory Award in directing—leads a production team that features designer Reed Nakayama, who has created lighting for most of Strawshop's notable shows, including "The Birds," "Our Town." and "The Normal Heart." Scenery is by Seattle Scenic Studios founder Craig Wollam with costumes by Katherine Stromberger and sound by musician Matt Jorgensen. The stage managers are Gabrielle Strong and Becca Pauza.
written by David Auburn (2000)
directed by Greg Carter
designed and constructed by
stage managed by
Gabrielle Strong & Becca Pauza
graphic design by Melanie Wang