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Proof of Love

By: Chisa Hutchinson
Narrated by: Brenda Pressley
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible commissioned playwright, she received funding and creative support to develop Proof of Love. 

Written by Chisa Hutchinson

Performed by Brenda Pressley

Directed by Jade King Carroll

Sound Design by Justin Ellington

©2019 Chisa Hutchinson (P)2019 AO Media LLC

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"You’d better be worth these sacrifices."
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About the Creator

Chisa is an acclaimed early-career playwright raised and currently residing in Newark, New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU. Chisa has built pieces with New York’s NeoFuturists, and has been a Staff Writer for the Blue Man Group. Presently, Chisa teaches creative writing at the University of Delaware, and is a proud fourth-year member of New Dramatists. As she tends to write plays about underrepresented folks that require a minimum of five actors, she doubts very much that you'll see any of her plays on Broadway any time soon, but encourages you to support the intrepid companies that have presented her work, which include: Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey; The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC); The National Black Theatre.

About the Performer

Brenda Pressley is an award-winning actress whose Broadway credits include The Lyons, The American Plan, Cats, Dreamgirls, and The Moony Shapiro Songbook. Off-Broadway, Brenda starred in Almost Home, The First Breeze of Summer, Seven Guitars, Fran’s Bed, Marvin's Room, And the World Goes ‘Round(Outer Critics Circle Award), and Blues In The Night. Regional theater appearances include Intimate Apparel, Black Odyssey, Trouble in Mind, The Old Settler (Barrymore Award), Blues for an Alabama Sky, and A Raisin in the Sun. On film, Pressley has appeared in Third Street Blackout, Detachment, 16 Blocks, Cradle Will Rock, and It Could Happen to You. On television, Brenda has guest-starred on such shows as The Path, The Good Wife, Elementary, Mysteries of Laura, Body of Proof, Law and Order: Deadline, Law and Order: SVU, Harambee, Lifestories and Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey.

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Surprisingly amazing

I had, uh, no expectations for this, but damn. Smooth, expressive voice, interesting story it was the whole package. Only problem; too short.

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Unexpected

I don't quite know what I was expecting when I selected this Original, but I was astounded at the quality of the story and the emotion it invoked. I look forward to reading more from this author!

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Great work

This audible original play written by Chisa Hutchison is powerfully crafted. It’s a great artistic piece.

Now, on to the story. The first half of this made me laugh so hard and snap my fingers in “wooo, yesss” resonance. I loved that first half. The wife was aware, snazzy, strong, and full of esteem.

The second half falls into the typical Black woman model of self-recrimination, blanket forgiveness, self doubt, and acceptance. I did not enjoy seeing the wife take responsibility for her husband and his issues and her daughter and her issues. Can we stop being miles?! Can Black authors stop romanticising poverty, the ghetto, poor speech, and philandering Black men? There isn’t growth in doing so. The self-flagellation is a complete turn off.

The wife’s mistake was trying to raise someone up. I wish she’d realised that. She married someone who wasn’t a fit. What transpired was just the manifestation of such.

I have much more to say, but I’ll still accord that stars for the artistry that is this audible and for the first, hilarious half of this one-woman play.

Also, the narrator, Brenda Pressely, is amazing!

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  • 07-05-19

Heart wretching

Never thought I would read/listen to such a thing/ genre -- especially as a male. Glad I did. This is a great story of life, love, and family; imperfection, mistakes, and tragedy. Any of us could easily find ourselves in this situation.

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WoW what a cliffhanger!!

I want more and not an encore but a full on book! I absolutely loved it. Suspenseful and wickedly twisted. It definitely has me playing out so many endings...WoW what an excellent piece.

Makes me look at my marriage...husband differently ❤️

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Best Voice Actor Ever

Truly the best, and I've listened to many and returned a few, like "White Trash - The 400 Year Untold History. RUINED the book. But this woman is amazingly talented and while I thought the story was pretty good, she made it alive. Standing and clapping.

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now I want a prequel AND sequel!!!

loved it, surprised I loved it. and FREE?!? give it a listen, it's so well written and performed!

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That's funny and yet touching.

How sad it is that people can't tell each other what they want to say.

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So much better than I expected!

This book left me wanting more... and made me reflect on my own relationship too... I need to make sure to take my life, to truly live it... I don’t regrets, should’ves, or could’ves.

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Totally Unexpected Enjoyment!

I was hesitant about reading this book since I am married... however, I was very pleased with the story. This unexpected tale reminded me about judgement and forgiveness. Thank you for this moment.

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  • 10-12-22

Brilliant insight

I found this play a fascinating insight Into the intricacies of black Americans living now got the points across without labouring and was also entertaining

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  • 08-02-22

what a performance! what a story!

loved it! felt it!
Dear Chisa, can we have a follow up on the mother - daughter story?

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  • 07-28-22

Different

Although this was a bit different to my normal read, I did enjoy it. it would have been nice if we knew what eventually happened to them.

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  • 05-15-22

Excellent

The story line was so realistic and concise. Thought provoking enough, that you felt you've read a novel. Excellent work.

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  • E. Gill
  • 04-22-22

Absolutely loved it!

What an amazing short story, with everything you could want. Humour, sadness, compassion, intrigue…fantastic. Narrated brilliantly too. I’m going to listen again for sure. Highly recommend.

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  • TheZee
  • 04-22-22

Loved this...

What a wonderfully written and narrated piece of work! I was intrigued right through and I was really invested in it.

Loved this.

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  • AngelM
  • 03-16-22

Thought provoking, what if?

The whole listen was around the Short space of time, go on listen up... timbre of the narration.. Loved it I heard the story from the first word connection, background why and how to ....oooh.

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  • Queen K
  • 02-19-22

Loved every minute of this

I am very much into theatre, so I found listening to this monologue very enjoyable.

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  • Mrs. K. Aytan
  • 01-12-22

Nice little story.

A good distraction. Light to listen and well performed. The story could have developed a bit more.

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  • LynnieC
  • 09-22-21

Thoroughly good

Really engaging story, thought provoking with wonderful narration. I could listen to her voice for hours. This came up randomly on my audible and I’m so glad!