The Doha Players will perform the play, Proof by David Auburn this September.
Wed 25 Sept 7 pm – QAR120 (play only) – SOLD OUT
Thu and Fri 26/27 Sept – QAR220 (includes pre show buffet dinner from 6 pm, play starts at 7:30 pm)
Sat 28 Sept 2:30 pm – QAR120 (play only)
About the Play
Proof is a 2000 play by the American playwright David Auburn. The play premiered Off-Broadway in May 2000 and transferred to Broadway in October of the same year. It won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.
The play concerns Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and a university professor, and her own struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through his lengthy illness. Upon his death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting ‘proof’ about prime numbers in Robert and Catherine’s home. The title refers both to that proof and to the play’s central question: Can Catherine prove the proof’s authorship? Along with demonstrating the proof’s authenticity, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine’s fear of following in her father’s footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control.
Catherine – inherited much of her father’s mathematical genius and fears his ‘instability’ as well; she gave up her life and schooling to take care of him.
Robert – a recently deceased mathematician praised for his groundbreaking work in his youth, but whose later years were plagued by delusional mental illness; he is seen in Catherine’s imagination and in flashbacks.
Harold (Hal) Dobbs – one of Robert’s last PhD students during the one year his idol and mentor’s illness went into remission, at least enabling Robert to teach, if not continue his own creative mathematical work.
Claire – Catherine’s older sister, a practical and business-minded woman who has been comfortably successful in her work and relationships. She left Robert and Catherine behind, distancing herself from the run-down family home of her youth. She left the family to make a new life for herself in New York City.