Express Arts Editor
a moment in David Auburn’s play ‘Proof’ when a character describes
working on a mathematical proof: "It was just connecting the dots.
Some nights I could connect three or four. Some nights they’d be
really far apart, I’d have no idea how to get to the next one, if
there was a next one."
Aanestad and Richard Hefner star in "Proof," opening
Wednesday, July 10 at The Community School Theatre in Sun Valley.
Photo by Kirsten Shultz
It is a
statement that might speak equally well to creative endeavors like doing
advanced mathematics as to forging human relationships. Both pursuits
are at the center of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning play currently
playing in London, Los Angeles, on Broadway and, beginning Wednesday,
July 10, in Sun Valley.
Theatre Company will bring the play to The Community School Theatre, 8
p.m. nightly, through Sunday, July 21. Tickets for the play are
available at Chapter One in Ketchum, Ex Libris in Sun Valley, Read All
About It in Hailey and TicketWeb.
is a play ostensibly about mathematics, but one really more about family
relationships and ferreting out and accepting one’s identity amid a
swirl of genetic and environmental influences. It is an elegantly
written, emotionally powerful drama. And, in our case, it is acted by a
very talented cast comprising Rachel Aanestad, Robert Rais, Richard
Hefner and Leslie Scarborough. Valley resident and actress, Pamela Sue
Martin, is directing the play.
indeed rare that a community as small as the Wood River Valley is able
to land the production rights to a play in such demand, one shining so
brightly in the current limelight. But that is, in fact, what producer
David Blampied and the New Theatre Company has managed.
is a story about a young woman, Catherine, played by Aanestad, who has
spent several years caring for her father, Robert (Rais). He is a
brilliant mathematician who has suffered various forms of mental
play opens, the deceased father visits Catherine. She is faced with the
thought that she may have inherited both his genius and illness. Also
figuring into the drama is Catherine’s sister Claire (Scarborough),
who wants to take Catherine back to New York and make plans for her
life. Hal, played by Hefner, is a math protégé of Robert’s rummaging
through his former professor’s papers hoping to find something of
keeps emerging for me is the relationship between Catherine and her
father—the gifts we inherit. They may seem like burdens, but they’re
not. For instance, genius and the chaos that comes with it," Martin
said of the broad themes she sees in the work.
who has had a very successful career acting in television and films,
left Hollywood several years ago to live here. She has been involved in
several community theatrical productions.
think by living here and not in Los Angeles, by having a son, I have
discovered, in theater, my true art form … Theater is such a luxury—it
is more in depth, exciting, you have more time. In television, I never
got to do work I just loved, pieces like this play."
production of "Proof" is a full equity production, meaning the
actors are paid for their work. Richard Hefner used to live in the
valley, helped start New Theatre Company and, subsequently moved to New
York City. Robert Rais performed here in "Fully Committed"
last fall. He normally lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rachel
Aanestad grew up in the valley; Leslie Scarborough is a resident as
described the production as one of co-creation. "This piece demands
that we all dig deep … We find things together. As director, I’m
there to watch and shape and see what’s working."