Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

March 6, 2013, 3:28 pm
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Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.


March 21-April 14

Press Opening March 24 at 7pm


Lowell, MA – Catherine must establish the authorship of a mathematical proof found in the office of her brilliant but troubled father. The return of her estranged sister and a burgeoning romance with her father’s former student complicate her pursuit of truth in “Proof” by David Auburn, a compelling Tony Award-winning play directed by Christian Parker.  “Proof” runs at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) from March 21-April 14. Tickets begin at just $20 and are on sale now thru or by calling 978-654-4678.


“Intensely alive, complex, funny” – New York Magazine


Director Christian Parker, a native of Andover, MA, and now Associate Artistic Director of the highly-regarded Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City commented on presenting “Proof” at MRT.  “I have a long history with ‘Proof’. David Auburn has been a friend of mine for years, and I was among the first people to read the play when he wrote it. I advocated for its production at Manhattan Theatre Club and had the great fortune to serve as the dramaturge on the original production when MTC did it and moved it to Broadway. I always knew that the play would have really wide appeal. It’s simultaneously a throwback to the great well-made American family plays of the mid-20th century and a really contemporary look at what we inherit from our parents and how we embrace or neglect the essential elements of who we are. The play is smart, funny, and presents a fascinating puzzle at its core. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to return to this play with a killer cast at MRT’s beautifully renovated theatre. It’s the first time I’ve worked professionally as a director so close to where I grew up in Andover, so it’s especially exciting to be doing so with a play I know so well, and love so much.”


“Proof” will feature Keira Keeley as Catherine, Michael Pemberton as Robert, Colby Chambers as Hal, and Megan Byrne as Claire.  Megan Byrne returns to the MRT stage (The Voice of the Turtle), while Keira Keely, Michael Pemberton, Colby Chambers, and director Christian Parker are all making their MRT debut.  The creative team for “Proof” consists of Lauren Helpern (Set Design), Bobby Tilley (Costumer Designer), Josh Bradford (Lighting Designer), and Jason Weber (Sound Designer).


David Auburn is the recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Grant, Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and Joseph Kesselring Prize for Drama. His other plays include: Skyscraper, performed at the Greenwich House and published by DPS; Fifth Planet, New York Stage and Film; Miss You, HBO Comedy Arts Festival; and The Next Life, Juilliard School. His work has been published in Harper’s Magazine and The New England Review. He was a member of the Juilliard playwriting program.


MRT’s 2012-2013 Season is sponsored by LowellBank. “Proof” is sponsored by Lowell General Hospital, with additional support from Magic 106.7.  Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Megan Byrne

Megan Byrne

MEGAN BYRNE (Claire) MRT: The Voice of the Turtle. Off Broadway: The Netflix Plays, Ars Nova; Serious Money, a light gathering of dust, The Europeans, No End of Blame, PTP/NYC; Alice in War, SPF; Speak Truth to Power, The Culture Project; Silent Laughter, Lambs Theatre; The Voice of the Turtle, Keen Company; Either/Or, NY Fringe/Project Y. Regional: When Tang Met Laika (world premiere), Absurd Person Singular, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Noises Off, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Denver Center Theatre Company; House of Gold, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Indoor/Outdoor, Virginia Stage Company, That Was Then, American premiere, Geva Theatre, The Playboy of the Western World, Pioneer Theatre Company, …we’re having FUN now!, Olney Theatre Center and Scenes from an Execution, Kennedy Center. Film: Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep, The Rebound, Ghost Town, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. TV: The Good Wife, Made in Jersey, Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, The Prince of Motor City (ABC pilot), Kings, All My Children, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, 3 Lbs., Ed and a recurring role on Law and Order. Awards: NYIT Award for Best Featured Actress in No End of Blame. Ovation Award Nomination for When Tang Met Laika. Education: MFA, University of California, Irvine. BA, Middlebury College.

Colby Chambers

Colby Chambers

COLBY CHAMBERS (Hal) MRT: Debut. Off-Broadway/New York: Dog Sees God, Bad Jazz The Play Company; Father’s Day, 59 &59; Hater, Ice Factory;  Much Ado About Nothing, Boomerang. Regional: Floyd Collins, Berkshire Theatre Festival; ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Baltimore Center Stage; Lion in winter, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Hamlet, Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC; Amadeaus,  Asolo Rep; Bach at Leipzig, Portland Stage Company. TV: Law & Order; Guiding Light. Education: The Juilliard School.

Keira Keeley

Keira Keeley

KEIRA KEELEY (Catherine) MRT: Debut. Off-Broadway: Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches & Part 2: Perestroika, Signature Theatre; The Glass Menagerie, Roundabout Theatre (Theatre World Award Winner); The Thugs, SoHo Rep; Romeo and Juliet: The Young People’s Concert, Lincoln Center.  Off-Off Broadway:  The Young Left, Cherry Lane Theatre; We Declare You A Terrorist, Green Girls, Summer Play Festival at The Public Theatre; Local Story, Departures, Access Theatre. Regional:  Curse of the Starving Class, Wilma Theatre; The Crucible,  Hartford Stage; F2M, Powerhouse Theatre/New York Stage and Film; The Glass Menagerie, Mark Taper Forum and Long Wharf Theatre; Lieutenant of Inishmore, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Three Guys and a Brenda, Neon Mirage, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Television: Rubicon. Education: B.A. in Theatre and English from Rollins College. Other:, For my Family.

Michael Pemberton

Michael Pemberton

MICHAEL PEMBERTON (Robert) MRT: debut. Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention, Mamma Mia, I’m Not Rappaort, Not About Nightingales, Picnic, Hedda Gabler. Off-Broadway: Sounding, HERE Arts; Dinner With Friends, Variety Arts Theatre; You Never Can Tell, Roundabout Theatre; Outward Bound,  Keen Co; Saturday Night,  Second Stage Theatre; The Odyssey, Willow Cabin Theatre Co;  Bingo,  St. Lukes. Regional Theatre: Oblomov, W.H.A.T. Theatre;  Dinner With Friends, Wilbur Theatre, Boston; The Pillowman, Wilma Theatre; The Big Knife,  Williamstown Theatre Festival; Laughter On The 23rd Floor, GeVa Theatre; Gypsy, Portland Center Stage; The Miracle Worker, George Street Playhouse; Gingerbread Lady, American Stage Festival; Slavs, Pittsburgh City Theatre; The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Cincinnati Playhouse. TV:  Golden Boy, The Good Wife, CBS;  The Sopranos, OZ,  HBO;  The Following, New Amsterdam,  FOX; Damages, FX;  Kidnapped, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Mercy, NBC; Law and Order: Criminal Intent, USA. Film: The Shells, Brooklyn’s Finest ,Ice Grill, USA, Children of Invention, The Family Stone, The Devil You Know, The Pack, Gasline. Other: Dedicated to my incredible daughter Megan, and In loving memory of Jeremiah Moen.


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