I recently read the play proof by David Auburn. While it is about math (a subject I often despise), I like this play. There is a small cast of two guys and two girls. The language is rough, but it has an edginess that reflects true human emotions and conflicting goals. Because of this, it has a raw beauty about it. I think it would not be a good senior project piece because I don’t have any idea who I would cast. However, Auburn has written a short, sentimental piece that extends far beyond an analysis of logarithms and variables.
This may be a possible senior project choice, though I think it may prove difficult with its large cast and semi-complicated structure. I have yet to read the whole play, but I have read summaries. I was looking for something political, something that has a connection to my life. And though the main characters are all boys, I like the premise of this play by Alan Bennett. It is about the education system, but it’s also about eight teenage boys who are trying to figure their way through life and figure out their futures. Before I order this play, I guess I’ll camp out in Books-A-Million or a Barnes and Noble this weekend. We will see!