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UIS Theater season opens with award-winning drama Proof

October 27, 2003

SPRINGFIELD - The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will open its 2003-2004 season with the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning drama Proof, by David Auburn.

Six performances are scheduled for Friday-Sunday, November 14-16 and 21-23 in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. Friday and Saturday show times are 8 p.m.; the Sunday shows are 2 p.m.

Said Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor and director of theater at UIS, "This is a wonderful play that examines the nature of genius, and explores the byproducts that come with it."

Proof tells the story of Catherine, a troubled young woman who, even though she is herself mathematically gifted, has spent years caring for her father, Robert, a one-time mathematical genius who completed his best work early in life and then fell apart. Older sister Claire, however, has pursued her own life and would have been just as happy to see their father institutionalized.

Robert dies, and Claire returns for the funeral. Meanwhile, Hal, one of Robert's former students, has begun going through Robert's old notebooks, hoping to find some forgotten bit of brilliance. When a notebook surfaces that does indeed contain an impressive piece of mathematical work, the question arises: Is it Robert's work, or Catherine's? For Catherine, however, the most difficult problem of all is, how much of her father's madness - or genius - has she inherited?

Cast members for this production are Carly Shank as Catherine, Ron Seney as Robert, Ryan Casey as Hal, and Anna Dow as Claire.

Tickets - $10 for the general public, $6 for UIS faculty and staff, and $4 for UIS students with valid i-cards - are available now at the UIS bursar's office, lower level of the PAC, telephone 206-6738 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door (cash only) beginning one hour before curtain time.

UIS' spring production will be Hay Fever by Noel Coward, an English comedy of manners. Auditions for this production will be in February, 2004.

For more information, contact Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-6613 or by e-mail.

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