Complete Casting Announced for George Street Playhouse's Proof

News   Complete Casting Announced for George Street Playhouse's Proof Ali Marsh — who portrayed Tess in the George Street Playhouse's production of The Sisters Rosensweig — will head the cast of the theatre's mounting of Proof.
Ali Marsh
Ali Marsh

Marsh will be joined by Kelly McAndrew (Claire), Brian Smiar (Robert) and Eric Altheide (Hal) in the four-person production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn. Performances at the New Jersey theatre begin Feb. 18 with an official opening scheduled for Feb. 21. The drama about mathematically-gifted father and daughter will end its run March 16.

It's a coming home of sorts for the Tony-winning play, which was developed at the George Street Playhouse in a two-week workshop and presented at the theatre's 1999 Next Stage New Play Festival. Michael Morris, former artistic director of London's Old Vic and the current resident director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference in California, will helm the new production.

The creative team comprises R. Michael Miller (set design), David Murin (costume design), Christopher J. Bailey (lighting design), John Finney (sound design) and Haddon S. Kime (original music).

Ali Marsh recently played Leonide in the Weston Playhouse's production of Triumph of Love. Her other theatrical credits include roles in Be Aggressive, The Inconstant Lovers and Romeo and Juliet. Her screen credits include "The Education of Max Bixford," "Providence," "Chicago Hope," "Seinfeld," "Hysterical Blindness," "Safe Men" and "Private Parts."

Eric Altheide portrayed Will Shakespeare in Will and the Ghost at the Third Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival. Regionally, he starred in Ah, Wilderness!, and he can also be seen in the ABC daytime drama "All My Children." Kelly McAndrew appeared in the Signature Theatre production of Book of Days as well as the regional productions of Down the Garden Paths, The Great White Hope and Holiday. Brian Smiar co-starred in the national tour of Wit and appeared on Broadway in Mixed Emotions. His film credits include "Twelve Conversations," "The Royal Tennenbaums," "Regarding Henry," "The Next Karate Kid," "Shadows and Fog" and "Boss of Bosses." *

Proof opened at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre on Oct. 24, 2000, playing 916 performances before closing Jan. 5, 2003. The original cast included Mary-Louise Parker, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Catherine; Larry Bryggman; Johanna Day; and Ben Shenkman. Under the direction of Daniel Sullivan, the production also won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play as well as the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

The George Street Playhouse is located in New Brunswick, NJ at 9 Livingston Avenue. For tickets, call the theatre's box office at (732) 246-7717 or visit www.georgestplayhouse.org.