Fourteen years after graduating from Little Rock Hall High School, David Auburn received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his play Proof. In September 2002, Arkansas Repertory Theatre produced Proof while the original Broadway run was in its final months.
The production at Arkansas Rep was directed by Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp. The cast featured Amy Tribbey, Scott Barrow, Jessica Henson and Curt Karibalis. (Barrow met his future wife, the former Amy Sabin, while in Little Rock during the run of this show.)
The set, a very realistic craftsman house back porch, was designed by Mike Nichols. On opening night he was lauded because the production marked his 20th anniversary with the Rep. (In 2018, Nichols is still serving as Technical Director and Resident Scenic Designer for the Rep.)
Auburn was unable to come to Little Rock to see the production. His wife was set to give birth to a child during the run of the show.
When Auburn was growing up in Little Rock, he and his brother were active with the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre which is across MacArthur Park from where the Rep was at the time.