Stagecrafters Theater in Chestnut Hill kicks off 93rd season with ‘Proof’ by David Auburn

CHESTNUT HILL, Pa. (WPVI) — The Stagecrafters Theater in Chestnut Hill begins its 93rd season with Tony Award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn’s show Proof.

Proof tells the story of Catherine the day before her 25th birthday.

“It’s essentially a show about a family unit, about grief, about loss, and how those waves affect a family,” says director Becky Fleckner.

Catherine spent years caring for her father, who was a brilliant mathematician but struggled with mental illness.

After his death, she also shows signs of mental instability.

“It’s just a nice micro abyss of how families deal with mental illness,” says Fleckner.

The play is part drama, part mystery.

A mathematical proof has been discovered and no one knows who wrote it or what it means.

The evidence serves as a metaphor for Catherine finding clarity and certainty in her own life.

“It’s heartwarming. Hopefully people will walk away from that and know that healing can happen,” Fleckner says.

While the Stagecrafters Theater attracts actors from all over the world, all four actors in this production are from Philadelphia.

Based in Chestnut Hill since 1929, Stagecrafters is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about theatrical literature.

“Proof” runs until October 1st.

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