Set in the backyard of a Chicago home, “Proof” explores the world of mathematics and genius. Catherine is the daughter of Robert, a mathematical genius whose deteriorated mind has led to his death. Throughout the show, Catherine explores her parallel path to her father, both in genius and mental illness.
This production will be directed by the head of the Rice Theatre Program, Christina Keefe, a professor in the practice in theater. Keefe’s recent directing credits include “Bound” for the Houston Grand Opera’s East + West Series and Rice’s productions of “Eurydice” and “Servant of Two Masters.” She recently acted in the Classical Theatre Company’s production of “Henry V.”
Mark Krouskop, lecturer and production manager for the Rice Theatre Program, will be the set designer for “Proof.” He designed the outdoor set for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a raining elevator for “Eurydice” and the Italian village in “Servant of Two Masters.” Krouskop has done set design for the Houston Shakespeare Festival’s productions of “A Comedy of Errors” and “Hamlet.”
Rice alumnus Dustin Tannahill will design the lighting for “Proof.” His previous lighting design work includes Rice’s “Eurydice,” Classical Theatre Company’s “The Birds” and “The Designated Mourner” at the Catastrophic Theatre.
The program also welcomes back recent alumnus Jake LaViola, who is a freelance designer in Orlando and associate CAD designer with Walt Disney World Imagineering Creative Entertainment. His most recent credits with Walt Disney Co. include “Tangled: The Musical” and “Frozen, a Musical Spectacular.”