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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Renowned Director and Accomplished Cast Bring Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play PROOF to Holmdel Theatre

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Renowned director Kathy Hendrickson returns to the Holmdel Theatre Company to bring David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Proof, to the Duncan Smith Theater. This production opens Friday, April 10th and runs through Saturday, April 25th, 2015.  The play features an accomplished cast of local actors including Amanda Deltuvia, Eric Rolland, Colleen Clinton and John Bergeron.  Mr. Rolland and Ms. Clinton are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

Proof stars Amanda Deltuvia as Catherine, a troubled young woman, who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician portrayed by Eric Rolland. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire (Colleen Clinton), and the attentions of Hal (John Bergeron), a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. “Proof is the one you won’t want to miss…” —NY Magazine.

kathy-150x150 The Holmdel Theatre Company is very excited to welcome back Kathy Hendrickson (photo) as director.  Ms. Hendrickson is an actor, educator and director who served as assistant director along side Mike Nichols for the recent Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Jersey City Children's Theater. In her nearly 20 years of teaching and as Vice President and Senior Faculty of the New Actors Workshop in New York City, she has taught hundreds of classes and workshops both in the United States and around the globe.

“‘Proof’ is an almost perfect play,” says Ms. Henrickson, “in that it appears simple, but as with life, it is very complex.  What I like most about it is that we can all connect to the ‘real-life’ of it. We were all the geek in high school, and the event of the play might just be that Hal and Catherine (two geeks) find each other.  I believe it is a love story: between father and daughter, sisters, lovers, and of course... love of math.”

Amanda-Deltuvia-Headshot The HTC is proud to welcome back two veteran actors to this production.  Amanda Deltuvia (photo right) returns to the HTC stage after her appearance as Meg in 2013’s production of Little Women. 

Eric Rolland (below right) exemplifies the HTC mission of nurturing budding talent.  He worked with the HTC at the beginning of his professional career, appearing as Reverend Lee in The Foreigner in 2009 as the Stage Manager in Our ERIC-ROLLAND-732-337-4400 Town in 2011. He has since starred in the History Channel's Emmy-winning The Men Who Built America as J.P. Morgan and will star as Thomas Edison in American Genius on the National Geographic Channel this spring. Mr. Rolland recently toured Europe for 11 months in West Side Story. He returns to us as both an actor and a mentor, fulfilling HTC’s unique mission of creating a fellowship of novices and theatre professionals to cultivate the next generation of theatre artists.

The HTC welcomes Colleen Clinton and John Bergeron (photos below), who will be making their Duncan Smith Theatre debut.  Ms. Clinton counts recurring guest roles on prominent shows such as Blue Bloods and Days of our Lives among her many credits.   She has graced the stage at The Barrow group several times and has also appeared in Law & Order, Rescue Me, Third Watch and several pilots.  Mr. Bergeron joins us fresh from a run as the Emperor in Amadeus at Playhouse 22.

“The cast is pretty sensational,” Ms. Hendrickson muses.  “Each and every one of them were cast because they are so much like the characters, or who I perceive the characters to be.  Eventually, after we dissect it all, we will just have to show up and tell the story.  We got very very lucky.  I love working in Holmdel, and I am so fortunate to be directing here for a second year.  The service that they provide this community is priceless. I am honored to be asked back.”

Proof will open on Friday, April 10th and play for eight performances on the following dates and times: Fri, 4/10 at 8pm, Sat, 4/11 at 8pm, Sun, 4/12 at 2pm, Fri, 4/17 at 8pm, Sat, 4/18 at 8pm, Sunday, 4/19 at 2pm, Fri, 4/24 at 8pm and Sat, 4/25 at 8pm.  All performances are at the Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Rd., Holmdel, New Jersey in front of the Holmdel High School.  Ticket prices are $22 general public ($17 for seniors and $12 for students). Reservations may be made via the website at www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org.

ABOUT THE HOLMDEL THEATRE COMPANY

The Holmdel Theatre Company (HTC) is a non-profit, semi-professional, student-focused theatre company dedicated to presenting classical theatrical experiences as well as fresh interpretations of modern dramas and comedies. The Company's unique mission is to integrate young people and non-professionals with professional actors, technicians, designers and directors in a collaborative artistic and educational exchange. HTC's efforts to raise the level of performance through the fellowship of novices and theatre professionals enable all to grow in the field.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE HTC

There are many opportunities for students to become a part of the Holmdel Theatre Company.  We offer several workshops and classes helping students explore their specific interests.  The HTC casts roles for many of the main stage productions from students at the middle school and high school level.  We are also looking for assistant stage managers, running crew, lighting board operators and many other technical positions for students interested in apprenticeships. If you would like to learn more about the opportunities available at the Holmdel Theatre Company, please email us at info@holmdeltheatrecompany.org.

Colleen John-Bergeron

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