learning goal: Where do you see problems in David Auburn’s play PROOF? Which are major, and which minor? How are they related? Does the play’s title suggest answers to any of these questions?
group work: beats, problems, table ideas
The main goal of today’s exercises is to lead people toward the writing of prospectus, which is due before we meet next–i.e., Thu Nov 2.
possible PROOF topics generated by Mr. Brown. You very likely will produce other possibilities. I recommend working with a question that your writing will explore.
Beat Example (Mr. Brown) for Act One, Scene 1
beat 1: Catherine, Robert’s spirit; pp.5-12 (“bad sign”); focal point–Catherine’s worried conversation with herself about pressure from her father, wanting to be and not wanting to be like him, seems worn out by this conversation and what it represents
beat 2: Catherine, Hal; pp.12-18 (“No, you”); focal point–her fear and their mutual mistrust Hal wants to read thru R’s ntbks, but Catherine doesn’t want him to, she’s afraid and suspicious, while he wants to do this for the world of math; she insists they contain nothing, and he insists back, claiming she would not recognize valuable entries;
beat 3: Catherine, Hal; pp.18-20; focal point: C’s anger and H’s wanting to show/help Catherine, he tries to help, but she doesn’t want it, doesn’t trust it