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PROOF

By David Auburn
Directed by Resident Director Matt McNabb

Performance & Rehearsal Information

Production run: October 18-November 3, 2019 (12 total performances)
First rehearsal tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, August 27
Click here for Tentative Rehearsal Schedule

Note on Diversity and Inclusive Casting

Actors of all races and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the casting of its productions and, therefore, urges actors of diverse backgrounds and those from underrepresented groups to audition.

Open Call Auditions

Monday, June 3, and Tuesday, June 4
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Doors open for registration 15 minutes prior to audition start time
Final registration accepted 15 minutes before the end of auditions

Callback Auditions

Wednesday, June 5
6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Exact callback times to be determined by artistic staff after the completion of open call auditions.

Show Description

Proof focuses on Catherine, an enigmatic young woman grieving the recent loss of her father, a brilliant mathematician who suffered from dementia. Just as Catherine begins to fear she might suffer from the same condition, her controlling older sister, Claire, returns home and Hal, one of her father’s former students, arrives in the hope of making a mathematical discovery among the notebooks her father left behind. What he discovers brings to light a buried family secret that leaves Catherine wondering how much of her father’s genius—or madness—she might inherit.

A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Proof  is a story of family secrets, sibling rivalry, and the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof.

Audition Preparation

Please prepare a contemporary dramatic monologue.
Lyric Arts’ standard audition form can be downloaded or filled out here.


Character Descriptions

CATHERINE: Female, 25. A brilliant mathematician who abandoned her education to care for her father and his mental illness. Fragile, but not delicate. Mistrustful, cynical, and lonely, she struggles to reach out to others.

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ROBERT: Male, 50s. Catherine and Claire’s father. Tough but encouraging, loving, earnest, and droll. His battle to reclaim his mind from schizophrenia leaves him frustrated and a little willful.

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CLAIRE: Female, 29. A currency analyst. She has distanced herself from her mathematician family fo become pragmatic, successful, and polished. She can be patronizing and controlling, but at heart, she is trying to protect her loved ones.

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HAL: Male, 28. Robert’s former graduate student. Hal is an enthusiastic, dedicated, but unexceptional mathematician, and he knows it. Charming, affable, and nerdy-cool.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Additional Information

  • $180 stipend paid.

  • All auditions are held at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E Main St, Anoka 55303.

  • Auditioners will be seen in the order they arrive. No appointments are necessary.

  • Please come prepared with headshot (or other non-returnable current photo) and résumé, if available.

  • Please arrive with a calendar outlining all possible conflict dates between the first read-through and the final performance. (No conflicts for tech week or performance dates will be accepted.)

  • Age ranges listed in character descriptions signify the age of the character to be played.

  • All other questions about auditions—including those regarding audition conflicts—should be sent to our auditions e-mail.