The gasps at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I will continue to July 30 with the extension of the critical and audience favorite, Proof.
Act One of David Auburn's drama about the daughter of a math genius and his legacy, ends with a shocking sentence from star Mary-Louise Parker, creating a palpable gasp from the audience and leaving them eager for Act Two.
Larry Bryggman, Johanna Day and Ben Shenkman join Parker for the MTC world premiere, directed by Daniel Sullivan. It opened May 23 following previews that started May 2.
The play is expected to have legs beyond summer, but there is no official word of August dates. However, Parker told Playbill On-Line (June 14) Proof would be extended at least to the end of August, and that she would continue to the end of July and possibly longer. Bryggman will leave July 30, but there is no word on his replacement.
* In the new work, set in Chicago, a mysterious young woman faces the death of a genius father, an unexpected suitor and a mysterious mathematical proof. Director Sullivan helmed Broadway's current A Moon for the Misbegotten as well as Off-Broadway's Dinner With Friends.
Parker performed in New York stagings of Prelude to a Kiss, How I Learned To Drive and Communicating Doors and is known for her film acting in "Bullets Over Broadway," "Grand Canyon" and "Fried Green Tomatoes."
Bryggman, who plays Dr. John Dixon on TV's "As the World Turns," is seen frequently on New York stages. On Broadway, he's appeared in Prelude to a Kiss, Picnic, Richard III, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, and Off-Broadway he's acted in Bodies, Rest and Motion, New England, Dearly Beloved and Wolf Lullaby, among others.
Day appeared in New York's Vicks Boy, How I Learned to Drive, Oedipus (Blue Light Theatre Company) and more.
Shenkman's credits include Roundabout's The Deep Blue Sea, Baby Anger at Playwrights Horizons and Antony and Cleopatra at the Public Theater.
Playwright Auburn is a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His plays include Skyscraper, (Greenwich House Theatre in 1997), Fifth Planet (New York Stage and Film), Miss You (HBO Comedy Arts Fest) and The Next Life (Juilliard School).
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