Arcadia University's award-winning theatre department will present David Auburn's play Proof beginning February 21st. The play centers around Catherine, a brilliant young woman who abandoned her studies to care for her father Robert, who, once a genius mathematician, has descended into mental illness. After Robert's death, Catherine not only had to deal with Hal, a former student of Robert's who is trying to uncover anything of value in Robert's later work, but also her sister Claire, who is in town from New York to help out with the funeral. In the days following, Catherine grapples with Claire's overbearing presence, Hal's romantic interests, the discovery of puzzling proof, and the constant, familiar threat that her intelligence, which matches her father's, is the sign of madness to come.
Proof, which opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000 before transferring to Broadway, later won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play, both in 2001. At Arcadia, it is directed by acclaimed local director Kevin Glaccum, the producing artistic director of Philadelphia Azuka Theatre. The production stars Sara Mitchell as Catherine, Connor Feimster as Robert, Trevor Foehl as Hal, and Jillian Schwab as Claire.
The play will run in Arcadia's Little Theatre, located in the Spruance Annex at 450 S. Easton Road in Glenside. Performances are February 21, 22, 23, 28, and March 1 and 2 at 8 pm, as well as February 23, 24, and March 2 and 3 at 2 pm. Tickets are $12.