Elmira College Theatre Opens Season October 5
Elmira, NY (09/18/2018) — The Elmira College Theatre Program begins its 2018-2019 season with David Auburn's, Proof. Performances are scheduled October 5 and 6 at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee October 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Gibson Theatre at Elmira College.
Proof centers on Catherine, an enigmatic young woman who has spent years caring for her father, Robert, a celebrated mathematician famous for solving complicated proofs and revolutionizing mathematical theory - and for suffering from severe and debilitating mental illness. Catherine fears that she, too, may suffer her father's condition. Claire, Catherine's older sister from New York, returns home to help with arrangements for Robert's funeral. She hopes as well to convince Catherine to leave the decaying family home and return with her to New York.
Suddenly, Hal, one of Robert's old students, arrives hoping to search the home to find some hint, some remnant, of Robert's genius amongst his incoherent final scribblings. When Hal discovers a well-worn, tired old notebook in a locked drawer in the attic, it brings to light a surprising secret. It appears Catherine has inherited at least a part of her father's brilliance. She and Hal soon discover an attraction to each other, an attraction that will test the bounds of love, trust, and respect.
Playwright David Auburn was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Proof. The play also won Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Play. A film version of the play featured Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hope Davis.
The Elmira College Theatre production of Proof features Breana Millard as Catherine, Joshua Stuttle as Robert, Sadie Kennett as Claire, and Zekiel Cammarata as Hal. The production is directed and designed by Professor John J. Kelly, with lighting design by Professor George de Falussy. Scott McGuire serves as Technical Director. Rebecca Cook is the Stage Manager, assisted by Emma Faunce and Catherine Smugereski.
All Elmira College Theatre productions are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m., with matinees at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.