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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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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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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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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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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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Loved every minute of this

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

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Nice little story.

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

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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!

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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.

The author has written a well rounded piece where we see inside the mind of a few characters not only how they deal with their lives but how they see one another and themselves all through the musings of the narrator

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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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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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  • 05-07-19

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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  • 05-07-19

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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  • 05-07-19

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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  • Camille
  • 05-07-19

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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  • Regina
  • 05-07-19

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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  • 23-07-19

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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  • Unphased One
  • 22-07-19

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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  • Castle Oman
  • 05-07-19

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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  • Alicia Willis
  • 08-07-19

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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  • Jill
  • 15-10-19

Powerful and Moving

"There is no love, only proof of love."

Proof of Love is a quick listen monologue, only 1 hour and 6 minutes in length. I wasn't sure what I was going to get with this audiobook but decided to check it out anyway. I think it was a free Audible Original from a couple months ago. Anyway, once I started listening, I was captivated.

This was a powerful and moving piece about a woman who finds out her husband has been cheating on her the night he is in a terrible car accident. His phone keeps blowing up with messages as she is in the hospital with him and it ends up being his mistress that is messaging him. Her monologue goes on to explore their life together and life in general. There are some profound realizations and even some twists.

I think this is definitely worth the listen if you have the opportunity. The narrator is fantastic. She did a wonderful job acting this out. Her voices were great and her emotion perfect. I loved her performance.

The only thing that I wish was different is that I wish we could have heard more about what happens next. Even with such a short time spent listening, I felt very invested in these characters and what was happening. Overall, I am rating this as 4.5 stars.

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