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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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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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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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  • 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 11-15-20

An extremely thought provoking short story

All I can say is WOW. In a story where the narrator has learned an unexpected and painful truth we get raw emotion, and an understanding of the narrators life as she walks an unwanted path. There’s a few uses of the N word written in the context that it is used by the African American characters amongst themselves.

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 08-17-20

Short but deep

Story how we all are not perfect and how deep secrets come out in unexpected ways. Great performance

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  • 08-12-20

A great story and performance.

I really enjoyed this story and the narrator is brilliant, she does a great job. I recommend listening to this totally. I loved it.

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  • 07-21-20

I really enjoyed this production.

A bitter/ sweet tale, heartwarming and deeply sad simultaneously. I ended up rooting for everyone in the story!

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  • clarebear
  • 06-26-20

Different listen, naughty in a fun way!

Excellent listen, laughed my socks off at some of the antics described. Lovely character voices great to listen to & set the scene's wonderfully. Even let my 83 yr old mum listen. Good job she had her tena on!!!! Lol. Nice to hear positive description of normal size plus 18 clothes choices!!! Yes please another series. Maybe a road trip to Wales? Sex games in the mumbles???

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  • Lola1
  • 06-19-20

Awesome!!

Exquisite. Mature. Beautiful. Endearing story and remarkable narrating. One of the best short monologue stories I've heard or read in a long time.

Simply Awesome !!!

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  • Shelley
  • 06-15-20

Thought provoking and moving

Totally engrossing story, well performed. How much do we know the person we live with?

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  • Richard
  • 06-11-20

Brilliant, insightful short story about love and infidelity

I certainly enjoyed this shortish story very much indeed. Could not stop listening to the recording. Hope you enjoy it too!

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  • Eva
  • 05-28-20

very good listening.

I really enjoyed this, and found it very moving. I have shared with my friends

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  • Alan Masson
  • 05-22-20

Accomplished

Both performance and prose are well worth the listen. I question the point of the background ticking though.