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The true test of a good play: does the audience come to care about these people?  Do they touch audience hearts and minds?  With PROOF, the answer is most clearly yes.


Robert is beyond brilliant in mathematics — held in awe by this contemporaries.  His daughter Catherine has clearly inherited much of his math genius . . . but worries that she has perhaps also inherited a tendency to the mental collapse that seems to plague those at the highest levels of creativity — be it in math, music, painting, writing, or any rarified genius.


Robert’s other daughter, Claire, is quick with numbers, but she isn’t in Catherine’s league in what math skill she inherited from their father.  Claire cares greatly for her younger sister, and worries about what her future holds.


Then there’s Hal, who in the past worked under Robert when studying for his PhD, a young mathematician who has to face that he won’t ever achieve the kind of breakthrough work that Robert seemed to churn out with ease.


Four good people, four different lives impacted by varying levels of brilliance . . . caring about each other and worrying as we all do about where we’re going in this life.


The Tryon Little Theater will present PROOF at the Workshop, 516 S. Trade Street, April 24-26 and May 1-3 at 8 p.m., and Sundays April 27 and May 4 at 3 p.m.  The box office is open Monday-Saturday 10-1, and Tuesday and Thursday 4-7 p.m.  For reservations: 828-859-2466.



l-r  Shay Carlson (Claire), Allen Law (Hal), and Molly Brown (Catherine): Hal has found a notebook with what seems to be an extraordinary mathematical proof of something all thought was impossible.

l-r Shay Carlson (Claire), Allen Law (Hal), and Molly Brown (Catherine): Hal has found a notebook with what seems to be an extraordinary mathematical proof of something all thought was impossible.

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Proof – coming in April/May

On the heels of thePROOF poster success of the Tony Award winning musical – Fiddler on the Roof, TLT’s next offering is another Tony Award winning play – Proof by David Auburn.

Proof opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on October 24th 2000 and ran for 917 performances. Besides the Tony Award for Best Play, Proof also won the award for Best American Play by the New York Drama Critics Circle as well the coveted Pulitizer Prize.

In addition, Mary Louise Parker won the Tony for Best Actress in a Play and Daniel Sullivan won for Best Direction of a Play.

Our own director, Connie Clark, has assembled a veteran cast.  It features a mixture of actors familiar to TLT audiences and others who are new faces here but certainly not to the stage.

Catherine, the daughter and our central character, will be played Molly Brown, a newcomer to the area.  Another new face , Allen Law from Montreat, and will play Hal, the former mathematics student of Catherine’s father.  Catherine’s New York living sister (and polar opposite) Claire, will be played by Shay Carlson who was recently seen as the fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof.  Finally, TLT veteran Elvin Clark will play Robert, Catherine’s brilliant but crazy, mathematician father.

Proof is a play of heart, humor, compassion, fears and most especially….about ideas.

Put it on your calendar now.  Proof will play the TLT Workshop April 24-27 and May 1-4.



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TLT Auditons – PROOF

 Audition ad    Director Connie Clark has announced auditions March 1 and 3 for David Auburn’s Proof, which will wrap the 2013-2014 season for the Tryon Little Theater with performances at the Workshop April 24-May 4.

     Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof revolves around 25 year old Catherine, who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father Robert, a celebrated mathematician.  How much of her father’s genius has she inherited?  And does his instability come along with it?

Enter her sister Claire, all practicality . . . very intelligent, but not in the genius category of Catherine.  And Hal Dobbs, who studied under Robert when working on his PhD.  Like Catherine, Hal wonders if in math you have your best years by your mid-20s, and aren’t likely to achieve great breakthroughs with amazing mathematical proofs after that time.

Though on the surface Proof sounds very heavy, it is not.  Variety, the newspaper to the theatrical profession, called Proof “wonderfully funny.”  The New York Observer said “Proof surprises us with its aliveness . . . . Mr. Auburn is unshowily fresh and humane, and he has written a lovely play.”  And The New York Daily News said that Proof combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned storytelling to provide a compelling evening of theatre . . . a smart and compassionate play of ideas.”

The actress playing Catherine must be believable as a 25 year old, while the actress playing Claire must be believably 28-32.  Hal should appear in his late 20s, and Robert in his mid-50s to early 60s.

For TLT in past seasons, Clark has directed Noises OffA Thousand Clowns, Sylvia, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Pygmalion.  As an actor she has appeared in numerous TLT productions, including The Miracle Worker, Private Lives,Grace & Glorie, The Royal Family, and The Belle of Amherst.

Auditions are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1 and 7:00 p.m. Monday the 3rd, both at the Workshop, 516 S. Trade Street, Tryon.  Auditions will be cold readings from the script.  Scripts are available for 24 hour check-out at The Book Shelf, 94 N. Trade Street, Tryon.

For further information, call Connie Clark at 828-859-5692 or email her at

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Fiddler opens Thursday! Proof auditions next week!

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Fiddler on the Roof opens this Thursday at the Tryon Fine Arts Center for a 4 performaAudition ad smallernce run.  There are a few tickets still available but make sure you call now because they will not last.





Next week, Auditions for the Pulitzer Prize Award winning play Proof, directed by Connie Clark.  Roles for 2 women (20′s-30′s), 1 man (20′s-30′s) and 1 man (50′s-60′s).  A juicy play with wonderful roles.

Scripts are available for checkout at The Bookshelf downtown.


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TLT’s Sister Act

Miriam Jackson, Emma Hay, Kate Riedy, Bethany Ghent and Emily Kocher, the sisters in Tryon Little Theater’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. Photo by Monica Jones

Miriam Jackson, Emma Hay, Kate Riedy, Bethany Ghent and Emily Kocher, the sisters in Tryon Little Theater’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. Photo by Monica Jones

As all young women can relate, sometimes tradition gets in the way of following your dreams.  And when a matchmaker gets involved in your love life – you should be so lucky?

Tryon Little Theater’s “Fiddler on the Roof” is all about tradition and preserving family values in a time of turmoil. So, “With no dowry, no money, no family background – be glad you got a man!” is the sentiment of the time.

For sisters Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze and Bielke , the fear is getting stuck with a man for life who is old, fat, a drunkard, and has a temper! It is almost too much to bear—especially when there are some younger, cuter men on the horizon…

Five gorgeous, talented young women play the sisters.  Kate Riedy portrays the oldest sister Tzeitel, and is well-known on the TLT stage, appearing most recently in “Willy Wonka”, as well as the sweet-voiced Connie Miller in the “1940s Radio Hour”. A senior, she hopes to attend Converse College and get her degree in Musical Theater with a minor in Opera.

Miriam Jackson plays the second sister, Hodel.  She graduated with a BM in Vocal Performance from Converse College in 2010 and has an impressive resume with Spartanburg Little Theater, Spartanburg Ballet Theater, Greenville Light Opera Works, Converse Opera Theatre and Spartanburg Repertory , and has performed the National Anthem at baseball, basketball and hockey games all throughout the Upstate of SC.

Emily Kocher (Chava), is a multi-talented young woman – an equestrian, member of the Polk County High School track and soccer teams, and an actor and singer in many TLT shows and others around the area (including SLT).  This time, however, she has to contend with her real-life mother being her on-stage mother in “Fiddler”.  No small feat.

Bethany Ghent, 14, (Shprintze) is in the 9th grade at Landrum High and loves singing and theater.  Although this is her first TLT production she’s appeared in a number of Spartanburg Little Theater productions in the past.

The youngest daughter (Bielke) is played by Emma Hay, aged 11, who goes to Polk County Middle School.  Her passion is horses and reading, but she has obviously caught the acting bug since she appeared on stage in last year’s youth production of “Willy Wonka”.

You can see these wonderfully talented young women in TLT’s “Fiddler on the Roof” playing February 20 – 23 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center (34 Melrose Avenue). Tickets are on sale now at the TLT Workshop (516 S. Trade St. Tryon), and cost $20 for adults and $10 for 18 and under. Box office hours are Monday-Saturday 10am – 1pm, and Tuesday and Thursday 4-7pm.  Call 828-859-2466 for more information.

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Box Office NOW OPEN!

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