Audible Announces PROOF OF LOVE, Starring Suzzanne Douglas, As Inaugural Stage Production from Emerging Playwright Fund

SUZZANNE DOUGLAS

SUZZANNE DOUGLAS

Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, has announced the world premiere of Proof of Love, the new play by Audible-commissioned playwright Chisa Hutchinson (Surely Goodness and MercySomebody’s Daughter), directed by Jade King Carroll (The Gin GameHello From the Children of Planet Earth), and starring Suzzanne Douglas (“The Parent ‘Hood,” 3 Penny OperaSchool of Rock) as the next Audible Theater production at the Minetta Lane TheatreProof of Love will be produced in association with New York Theatre Workshop.

Proof of Love is the inaugural live production from Audible’s Emerging Playwright program, a dedicated $5M fund that enables the creation of original plays driven by language and voice, keeping with Audible’s core commitment to elevating listening experiences through powerful performances and extraordinary storytelling. Twenty-five commissions have already been announced, with new playwrights identified on an annual basis.

Previews will begin Tuesday, May 7 ahead of a Tuesday, May 14 opening night at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, between MacDougal & 6th Avenue – one block south of W. 3rd Street), Audible’s creative home for live performances in New York.

Constance thought she had a happy life and a loving husband. Suddenly, a tragic accident splinters her upper-class black family—and forces Constance to face uncomfortable truths about her marriage and herself. Proof of Love is the explosive, funny, and moving new one-woman play by Chisa Hutchinson, member of the first class of talent supported by the Audible Playwrights Fund; Jade King Carroll directs.

The full creative team for Proof of Love will be announced soon.

Chisa Hutchinson commented, “I don’t know what kind of crazy cosmic voodoo magic was working to get Audible to look at me and go, ‘Yeah, her. Let’s give her this ridiculously awesome platform.’ Ahead of writers way more established, too, so it’s clear they’re not just interested in only backing winners, but making them. Plus, as a Newarker, it means a great deal to me that a Newark-based bad-ass is behind me and my work.”

Kate Navin, Audible Artistic Producer, said, “We are over the moon that Chisa’s beautiful and moving play is joining Audible’s growing slate of live performances at the Minetta Lane Theatre. As soon as we read her script we knew how powerfully this story would resonate with theatregoers and Audible listeners alike. The show is so full of heart, humor and spirit, three things that we live and breathe every day at Audible, and we can’t wait to introduce Chisa and her outstanding work to audiences everywhere.”

James C. Nicola, NYTW Artistic Director, wrote, “Chisa Hutchinson’s beautiful new play probes deeply into the human heart, and I cannot wait to share her unique voice with New York Theatre Workshop’s audiences. We look forward to working with director Jade King Carroll, a former NYTW Fellow, and the Audible Theater team on premiering this stirring work. Audible has demonstrated an uncanny ability to cultivate powerful and compelling new plays, and this one is no different.”

As with previous Audible Theater shows at the Minetta Lane, Audible will also record and release Proof of Love as an audio play, extending its reach to millions of listeners around the world. Award-winning and critically acclaimed Audible performances of captivating stage productions starring Billy Crudup, Judith Light, Aasif Mandvi, John Lithgow, Carey Mulligan, and others are available for preorder and download at www.audible.com/theater.

Additional events at the Minetta Lane Theatre will be announced soon, and Audible is also announcing live performances in other cities. Information about previous and future live programming produced by Audible is available here.

With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including the audio performances of productions at the Minetta Lane Theatre, free.

TICKETING INFORMATION AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Beginning tomorrow at 11:00am EST, tickets for Proof of Love are available exclusively to Audible members at www.audible.com/minettalane.

Beginning Monday, March 18, tickets are available to the general public at www.audible.com/minettalane, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787, and in-person at the Minetta Lane Theatre box office (18 Minetta Lane, between MacDougal & 6th Avenue – one block south of W. 3rd Street). For current box office hours, please visit www.minettalanenyc.com.

Proof of Love will play Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7PM; Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8PM; Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM; and Sundays at 3PM.

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