Announcing our Co-production of PROOF, by David Auburn with Quick Silver Theater Company
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Quick Silver Theater Company and Classics in Color: A Theatre Company present
PROOF by David Auburn
Directed by Tony Nominee Johanna Day
Five performances weekly from September 2 – September 13, 2015
NEW YORK, NY – Quick Silver Theater Company and Classics in Color: A Theatre Company make their debut co-producing PROOF, by David Auburn.
Quick Silver Theater Company (QST), founded by Tyrone Mitchell Henderson and Lizan Mitchell, is an ensemble company of thirteen theater artists based in the NYC Metro area. Its mission is to produce theater that invigorates, educates and generates conversation. QST will cast its productions with actors that reflect the community at large. In doing so, the playwright’s work will in turn connect with a much larger and more diverse audience base.
Classics in Color: A Theatre Company (CIC), founded by Nafeesa Monroe, focuses on producing vibrantly cast classic works for the stage, expanding the perception of classical theatre. As a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic ensemble, Classics in Color embraces the theatre of inclusion, on stage and off, opening up and extending the understanding of classic tales, tales of the human experiences that touch us all. Classically trained actors of all colors and backgrounds grace our stage with power and insight under the guidance of world class theatre artists from around the country. Classics in Color: classical theatre for all the people, by all the people.
Both companies are aligned with a mission of diversity on stage and a theatrically inclusive environment. It is with this in mind, this production of PROOF has been cast with ethnically diverse artists: Dion Graham (Roundabout Theatre Company-Machinal) as Robert, Nafeesa Monroe (Shakespeare & Company-Love’s Labour’s Lost) as Claire, lor De Liz Perez (The PublicTheater-Pericles) as Catherine, and Alejandro Rodriguez (59E59-Ghetto Babylon) as Hal.
PROOF is the story of a Chicago family lead by Robert, the patriarch, and a mathematical visionary. His daughter Catherine is his caregiver with a gift for mathematics. His eldest daughter Claire is a currency analyst in New York. Hal is a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics at the University of Chicago, and Robert is Hal’s advisor.
Without altering the text of this Pullitzer Prize winning play, casting PROOF with actors of color generates a new conversation that speaks to the issues of gender and color privelege in mathematics. This dialogue expands to the education and experiences of young women of color in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs. Additionally, there is also a conversation created about families of color dealing with the potential of mental illness and elders needing long term care. How do full-time, family member caregivers build their own life while caring for the needs of another? These two issues - education of young women and care for the mentally ill or elderly - straddle both ends of life's journey which need particular attention in today's society.
Director Johanna Day, a Tony Nominee for her role in MTC Broadway’s production of PROOF makes her directorial debut, surrounded by an all female design team. Our mantra for this co-production is “Here’s The Proof.” #HeresTheProof
PROOF runs Wednesdays – Sundays at 7:30p, September 2nd – September 13th, 2015
4th Street Theatre, 83 East 4th Street, NYC; Tickets: $18.00
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