January 18, 2011
Pulitzer Prize-winning play also won a Tony Award
Where is the line between genius and madness? Randolph College will ask that question in its production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof by David Auburn. Proof is the second show of the WildCat Theatre season.
Proof is the story of Catherine, a young woman who has served as caretaker for her father, a renowned mathematician, who was both brilliant and psychologically unstable. Following her father’s death, she must deal with her sister Claire who has returned to help with final arrangements and Hal, one of her father’s former graduate students who hopes to sort through her father’s journals. Amid the family squabbles and romantic twists, Catherine endeavors to prove that she does indeed have her father’s brilliance while hoping she has not inherited his madness.
Proof won both the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award in 2001 for a renowned Broadway staging featuring Mary Louise Parker. The play has since become a major motion picture featuring Gweneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins.
Randolph’s production features theatre majors Emily Perry '12 as Catherine, Marian van Noppen'12 as Claire, and Matt Cornpropst '14 as Hal. The small ensemble cast is rounded out by new Randolph faculty member Mace Archer as the unstable Robert. The play is under the direction of Ken Parks, chair of the Randolph College Theatre Department.
Proof will be staged in the Lab Theatre (Leggett 203) on the campus of Randolph College, and will be performed February 4-6 and 10-12. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. except the February 6 matinee at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $9 for Faculty/Staff/Seniors, and $5 for students. Seating is limited and advanced tickets can be purchased at Lynchburgtickets.com.
For more information, log onto www.wildcattheatre.com or call (434) 947-8562.