DEADLINE EXTENDED: Proof by David Auburn

  • Non-Equity
  • Anywhere

Website Bluebird Arts

Chicagoland's only English and Russian Cross-Cultural Theatre

Pay Rate: $800 stipend
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Bluebird Arts is seeking one leading actor for the role of HAL in the early spring production of Proof by David Auburn. BIPOC performers are strongly encouraged to submit. Selected talent will be contacted for an in-person callback at Theater Wit. Submission deadline is Friday December 8th at 7:00pm CST.

HAL (28) —Hal is a confident, high-energy, and self-aware mathematician with a great sense of humor. Context of the play involves gender roles regarding male privilege in the academic sphere, so Hal must command the space. He rejects the labels geek, nerd, dweeb, etc. He is charming, but at the end of the day, he is still kind of a nerd. He has a great deal of respect for Robert as a mathematician and once dreamed he would contribute to mathematics in similar ways, but now feels he is too old to contribute at all.

We are requesting headshots/resumes and video submissions through the google form linked below.

Play Description:

Proof is the story of an enigmatic young woman, Catherine, her manipulative sister, their brilliant father, and an unexpected suitor. They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof. Catherine grieves over the loss of her father, a famous mathematician who had become a legend at the local university for solving complicated proofs, and for suffering from dementia. Just as Catherine begins to give in to her fear that she, too, might suffer from her father’s condition, Catherine’s older sister Claire returns home to help “settle” family affairs and Hal, one of the father’s old students, starts to poke around the house. What Hal discovers in an old speckle-bound notebook brings to light a buried family secret. It tests the sisters’ kinship as well as the romantic feelings growing between Catherine and Hal. This poignant drama about love and reconciliation unfolds on the back porch of a house settled in a suburban university town, that is, like David Auburn’s writing, both simple and elegant.

Material to Prepare:

Videos should include:

-First and last name
-Preferred pronouns
-Names of play and character of your monologue

1 contemporary monologue, no longer than 90 seconds

Time Commitment:

Rehearsals (as called), Porchlight
January 6—February 20, 2024; Monday-Friday 6-10pm, Saturdays 12-4pm
Tech, Theater Wit
February 21—March 1, 2024
Performances, Theater Wit
March 2—April 7, 2024; Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sundays 2pm

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