2009-03-13 / Community

The 'Proof ' Is In The Performance

Pictured are Claire (Tristan Kerry O'Connor) left and Catherine (Heather Meagher) right. Pictured are Claire (Tristan Kerry O'Connor) left and Catherine (Heather Meagher) right. The Rockaway Theatre Company treated audiences to a stunning production of David Auburn's Tony award winning drama, "Proof." The play is about a young woman, Catherine (played by Heather Meagher), who is struggling with her loss after the recent death of her father, a renowned mathematician, and with her fears that she may have inherited his insanity along with his genius. The plot development goes much deeper and along the way audience members learn a great deal about Catherine and the other three characters who take the stage for 90 minutes.

"Proof" combines elements of mystery and surprise. RTC Artistic Director John Gilleece assures readers that, "Proof is like nothing you have seen before on our stage. It is a masterful drama staged and acted to perfection. We are extremely proud of the accomplishment of Frank Caiati and Susan Corning, two novice directors who have hit it out of the park on their first time out, and of the four actors whose performances elevate this production to a level far beyond anything being done in the average community theatre venue today."

Catherine talks through the proof with Hal. Catherine talks through the proof with Hal. Heather Meagher, the only RTC newcomer in the production is an actress who embodies the heart, soul, genius and anguish of the character she plays. She basically lives onstage for the majority of the play, interacting with her sister Claire, played by Tristan Kerry O'Connor and her deceased father, played by Tom Kane. The interaction is completed by the presence of her father's young student and protégé, Hal, played by another RTC veteran.

RTC gives thanks to the stage, lighting and sound crew, who created an evocative set. It is autumn in Chicago and there is a chill in the air as the characters go in and out of the big old drafty house onto the porch, which was designed by Director Frank Caiati and created by RTC's Tech Director, Tony Homsey and his team.

The stage is bathed in the light of an actual mathematical proof, created by lighting director Andrew Woodbridge. Sound engineer Richard Louis Pierre provided the haunting music which connects the scenes seamlessly to one another.

Catherine, Hal and Claire discuss the authorship of groundbreaking mathematical proof. Catherine, Hal and Claire discuss the authorship of groundbreaking mathematical proof. Whether you are a serious theatre enthusiast or have never seen a dramatic play, visit the Post Theater in Fort Tilden. "Proof" is a limited engagement production. There will be three more performances on Friday and Saturday evenings and on Saturday afternoon at 2. Please note that the play contains strong language and adult situations and is not recommended for minors under the age of 14. To reserve seats, call 718-374-6400.

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