Talent Surfaces in AIC Theater’s Fall Drama “Proof”

Talent Surfaces in AIC Theater’s Fall Drama “Proof”

Brian Maurer, Staff Writer

The American International College theater department’s latest production, “Proof” by David Auburn, is coming soon and hitting the stage at the Griswold Theatre.

The first play of the fall semester runs for three days: Friday, October 30 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, October 31 at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 PM. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

“Proof” tells the story of the life of Catherine. She is the daughter of a famous mathematician who’s diseased and because of that, she becomes a recluse until she starts getting involved with one of her father’s students trying to get his PhD. She ends up getting in a romantic relationship but she quickly realizes what his real intentions are which is to get close to her so he can write his thesis.

The show consists of four main characters: Robert (the father), Catherine (the youngest daughter), Claire (the oldest daughter), and Harold (the student).

Nayoby Jimenez, a freshman at AIC, is hitting the big stage when ‘Proof’ debuts at the end of the month. He’s one of the stars of the production.

“I’m playing Robert the father,” Jimenez explains. “Robert is suffering from a mental disorder believed to be dementia. There’s moments where he can think straight and there’s moments where he can’t.”

The show is supposed to take place in a backyard, and the point of the production is for it feel intimate and not scripted. The show consists of the four characters having a conversation about everyday life.

“The show’s coming out great and there’s still things that need to be worked on, but that’s the rehearsal process,” said Jimenez. “It’s also a learning experience because the cast brings certain things to the table that I have to learn. It’s all fun though, everybody was welcoming and friendly as soon as the cast was set.” The show is directed by Frank Borrelli, who’s been teaching theater at AIC for about four years. Before Frank started teaching at AIC, there was no major for theater.

“Working with Frank is a blast! He’s very professional and very outgoing as well… We would be rehearsing a scene and if you mess up, he would make fun of you for it, but in a joking way,” Jimenez said of his professor/director. “He knows what he’s doing and you can tell he’s so passionate about his work.”

Nayoby Jimenez plays of the main characters in "Proof"
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Nayoby Jimenez plays of the main characters in “Proof”

Jimenez started doing theater on and off since the third grade. He’s been in a lot of shows back in New York, but this is his first show at AIC.

“I realized I wanted to be a theater major my senior year of high school,” said Jimenez. “I was working at an after-school program that encouraged theater arts. Performing in front of an audience and telling the life of that character in my own way is the reason why I love theater so much.”

Again, “Proof” runs for three days only, so be sure to head to the Griswold Theatre for the opening night on the 30th at 7:00 PM. If you cant make the first show, be sure to stop by the next night at the same time, or the 2:00 matinee on Sunday.