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Photos: Quick Silver Theater Company and Classics in Color’s PROOF starring Lolita Foster, Count Stovall, Nafeesa Monroe and Alejandro Rodriquez at Fourth Street Theater, performances through 9/13

Quick Silver Theater Company and Classics in Color are co-presenting David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning play PROOF through September 13, 2015, at the Fourth Street Theater, 83 East 4th Street in New York. Show time: 7:30pm. Tickets are priced at $18. Click here to purchase tickets.

Alejandro Rodriquez, Nafeesa Monroe, Lolita Foster and Count Stovall. Photo by Lia Chang

Alejandro Rodriquez, Nafeesa Monroe, Lolita Foster and Count Stovall. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast features Lolita Foster (“Orange is the New Black”) as Catherine, Broadway veteran Count Stovall as Robert (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy) Nafeesa Monroe (Shakespeare and Company-Love’s Labour’s Lost) as Claire, and Alejandro Rodriquez (59E59-Ghetto Babylon) as Hal.

Lia Chang is flanked by Quick Silver Theater Company members Inga Ballard, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Lizan Mitchell, Rachel Leslie and Keith Randolph Smith. Photo by GK

Lia Chang is flanked by Quick Silver Theater Company members Inga Ballard, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Lizan Mitchell, Rachel Leslie and Keith Randolph Smith. Photo by GK

Johanna Day, a Tony Nominee for her role in the MTC Broadway production of PROOF, makes her directorial debut surrounded by an all-female design team including sound design by Iman Hinton, costume design by Karen Perry, lighting design by Jennifer Reiser and set design by Perrine Villemur.

Lizan Mitchell, Alejandro Rodriquez, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Joe Wiggins, Nafeesa Monroe, Lolita Foster, Count Stovall, Keith Randolph Smith, Rachel Leslie and Inga Ballard. Photo by Lia Chang

Lizan Mitchell, Alejandro Rodriquez, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Joe Wiggins, Nafeesa Monroe, Lolita Foster, Count Stovall, Keith Randolph Smith, Rachel Leslie and Inga Ballard. Photo by Lia Chang

PROOF is the first co-production between Quick Silver Theater Company and Classics in Color. Both companies are aligned with a mission of diversity on stage and a theatrically inclusive environment. It is with this in mind, that this production of PROOF has been cast with ethnically diverse artists.

PROOF is the story of a Chicago based family. Robert, the patriarch of the family is a mathematic visionary. His daughter Catherine is his caregiver with high level mathematical potential. His daughter Claire is a currency analyst in New York. Hal is a mathematician at the University of Chicago working on his Ph.D., Robert is Hal’s advisor. A Proof is a deductive argument for a mathematical statement. Proofs employ logic but usually include some amount of natural language which usually admits some ambiguity.

Without altering the text of this Pulitzer Prize winning play, casting PROOF with actors of color, generates a new conversation that speaks to the issues of gender and color privilege in mathematics. This dialogue expands to the education and experiences of young women of color in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs. Additionally, there is also a conversation created about families of color dealing with the potential of mental illness and elders needing long term care. How do full-time, family member caregivers, build their own life while caring for the needs of another? These two issues – education of young women and care for the mentally ill or elderly – straddle both ends of a life journey which need particular attention in today’s society.

Quick Silver Theater Company members Rachel Leslie, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Keith Randolph Smith, Mafeesa Monroe, Jody Reynard, Curtis Wiley, Lizan Mitchell and Pascale Armand. Photo by Lia Chang

Quick Silver Theater Company members Rachel Leslie, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Keith Randolph Smith, Nafeesa Monroe, Jody Reynard, Curtis Wiley, Lizan Mitchell and Pascale Armand. Photo by Lia Chang

Quick Silver Theater Company was founded by Tyrone Mitchell Henderson and Lizan Mitchell. QST is an ensemble company of thirteen theater artists based in the NYC Metro area which also includes Pascale Armand, Dion Graham, Inga Ballard, Rachel Leslie, Nafeesa Monroe, Flor De Liz Perez, Jody Reynard, Alejandro Rodriguez, Keith Randolph Smith, Curtis Wiley and Joniece Abbott Pratt.  For more information on Quick Silver Theater Company, click here.

Quick Silver Theater Company members Inga Ballard, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Rachel Leslie and Keith Randolph Smith. Photo by Lia Chang

Quick Silver Theater Company members Inga Ballard, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Rachel Leslie and Keith Randolph Smith. Photo by Lia Chang

Classics in Color: A Theatre Company (CIC), founded by Nafeesa Monroe, focuses on producing vibrantly cast classic works for the stage, expanding the perception of classical theatre. As a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic ensemble, Classics in Color embraces the theatre of inclusion, on stage and off, opening up and extending the understanding of classic tales, tales of the human experiences that touch us all. Classically trained actors of all colors and backgrounds grace our stage with power and insight under the guidance of world class theatre artists from around the country. Classics in Color: classical theatre for all the people, by all the people. www.classicsincolor.com

Performance Schedule:
Saturday, September 5 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, September 6 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, September 9 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, September 10 @ 7:30pm
Friday, September 11 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 12 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, September 13 @ 7:30pm

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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