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Stage ‘Proof’ that local stages can pack a punch

April 5, 2019

Some plays offer roles that serious actors can inhabit, body and soul.

“Proof” earned a Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award, and it has generated a reputation as play that actors love to perform.

Four actors with extensive resumes in theater, film and television will be delving into a family drama, a mystery and a deep psychological study, in the Hudson Stage’s production of “Proof” running through mid-April month in Armonk, N.Y.

“It’s one of those perfectly constructed plays. Kind of old-fashioned, but a very solid play with four excellently drawn characters. And a beautiful story,” said Olivia Sklar, a co-founder of the Hudson Stage.

The play tells the story of a brilliant math professor suffering from a severe mental decline, and his two daughter.

John Wojda, who recently appeared on Broadway and is an Obie Award winner, plays the part of the stricken math professor. “One of the themes of the play is the fine line between madness and genius,” said Sklar, “He’s fantastic in the role, he’s just so moving. Very endearing. We really feel for him.”

Jenna Krasowski plays his daughter, Catherine, in a role that aspiring actresses often use for auditions and scene studies. “It’s a real tour de force. I see a great future for this actor. Soulful, smart quick, and takes a lot of risks,” said Sklar, a producer of the current production.

Overall, the four actors work in intimate dramatic piece that is enhanced by the confines of a small theater. “The energy between the four of them is contagious. They’re in sync, and they play together very well. It’s so well-rounded,” said the producer. “You don’t have to know math at all to appreciate it. And it’s kind of a mystery, too. Who’s telling the truth? It’s about madness, and genius, and then trust.”

Broadway World, a Website dedicated to the performing arts around the region, ran a review of “Proof” that called it “a compelling production.”

The show is directed by Dan Foster, one of the co-founders of the Hudson Stage in 1999 who has a number of off-Broadway directing credits on his resume.

Sklar said the mission of the Hudson Stage was to put on high-quality productions without high prices.

“That’s the thing about Hudson Stage it’s off-Broadway quality, but at more affordable pricing,” she said. The nonprofit theater organization has performing at Whippoorwill Hall Theatre at North Castle Library in Armonk in recent years.

For more information, visit www.hudsonstage.com.