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Carriage House Players

The Carriage House Players is a collective of actors, directors, playwrights and guest artists bringing new and contemporary works as well as selected plays from esteemed dramatists to audiences in Western New York. In-residence at the historic Taylor Theater, the Players are a collaborative program of the Kenan Center, dedicated to enriching lives by providing cultural, educational and recreational activities.



“Proof” is a 2000 play by the American playwright David Auburn. Proof was developed at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. The play premiered Off-Broadway in May 2000 and transferred to Broadway in October 2000. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Catherine, a woman in her late twenties, is strongly devoted to her father Robert, a brilliant well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. The play explores Catherine’s fear of following in her father’s footsteps after his death both mathematically and mentally. When Robert’s work reveals a mathematical proof of potentially historic proportions, it sets off shock waves in more ways than one.

“Proof” is brought to you by the Carriage House Players and Kenan Center during Mental Health Awareness Month, which has been observed in the United States during the month May since 1949.


Sarah Emmerling – Catherine
Sarah Emmerling is an actor based in Buffalo, NY with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University. Recent professional credits include: Joan/Vicky in Fall from the Grace of God (ART of WNY), Friederike in All Through the Night (Brazen-Faced Varlets), and Elissa in To the New Girl (First Look Buffalo Stage Productions). Some of her favorite college credits include: Helen Hammon in Mother Hicks, Melly in The House of Bernarda Alba, and Claudio in Much Ado about Nothing, which she performed while studying abroad in London with the Live Literature Company. In addition to performing on stage, Sarah enjoys working with children and is a character performer at Enchanting Birthdays of WNY.

Joe Sciammarella – Robert
Joe Sciammarella studied Dramatic Arts at Long Island’s Dowling College. After a long hiatus from acting, he made his regional debut with Niagara Falls’ Theatre in the Mist in 2018. He has also performed with Western Door Playhouse and Springville Center for the Arts. He has done television commercials, has been featured in several independent films, and works as a background actor in feature films. He has been a voice actor in several productions by Patchwork Radio Theatre. Joe has also performed stand-up comedy at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo. When he is not on stage, he is an emergency medicine physician. Joe is delighted to be making his debut with Carriage House Players, and to be part of this extraordinary show.

Tammy Dobe – Claire

Tammy studied theatre and communications at SUNY Geneseo, lived in NYC briefly, and returned to WNY for her master’s in education. She has enjoyed performing with the Towne Players of Tonawanda in Death by DesignThe NerdCalendar Girls, and Harvey; the Lancaster Regional Players in two productions of We Gotta Bingo, and Rocking Horse Productions’ The Wizard of Oz. She also has fond memories of her time right out of college performing at the Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport in Grease and with the Ghostlight Theatre Company in several shows including Little Women. Tammy is excited to work with a new company and perform in this terrific play in the beautifully intimate Taylor Theater.

Conner Caso – Hal

Connor is currently pursuing his master’s degree in secondary social studies education. A 2018 graduate of Niagara University’s theatre department, credits include: Mary Sunshine (Chicago), Mr. Maraczek (She Loves Me), Dwight (Dead Man’s Cell Phone), Hortensio (The Taming of the Shrew) and most recently King John (The Life and Death of King John) at the New Phoenix Theatre. This is his debut performance with the Carriage House Players.

Jennifer Simpson – Director
Jennifer is new to the area and Carriage House Players. Jennifer has worked in theatre for over ten years in the Southern Tier as a Director, Producer, and Costume Master. Along with working in theatre, Jennifer has taught Theatre at Archbishop Walsh Academy and Jamestown Community College. Jennifer sat on the Olean Community Theatre board from 2016-2019 and was president from 2017-2019 . Shows to Jennifer’s credit include “Legally Blond”, Direct, “Chicago”, Costume Master, and “Once Upon a Mattress”, Producer and Costumer.

Presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service Inc.


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