SJU Theatre Company Presents 'Proof'

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Start counting down the days until SJU Theatre Company’s production of “Proof: A Play,” by David Auburn, opening February 22 at 8 p.m. in the Bluett Theatre.

The play premiered on Broadway in October 2000 and won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2001. The synopsis of the play, according to Dramatists Play Service, is as follows:

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit?

The play features a cast of four SJU actors. Gwyneth Turner ’19, an ancient studies major from Madison, New Jersey, will play Catherine. Anthony Paparo ’18, a food marketing major from Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, will play Robert, Catherine’s father. Brett Tillotson ’19, a computer science major from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, will play Hal, Robert’s ex-student. Hannah Field ’18, an English major from Parkwood, Pennsylvania, will play Claire, Catherine’s sister.

"'Proof' is a great play to produce on college campuses because three of the four characters are in their twenties and the fourth is both a parent and a professor," says Laura Pattillo, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and the production's director. "The play is both timely and timeless and members of any generation will relate to so many elements of the story."

Pattillo also praises the play for its entertainment value.

“It is an incredibly well-written play that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats wondering about a mystery at the heart of its plot and about the fates of its characters,” she says. “It provides an absorbing evening of enjoyable and thought-provoking entertainment.”

Performances will run February 22-24 and March 2-3 at 8 p.m., with a closing matinee on March 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be reserved here or by calling 610-660-1181, and can be purchased at the box office one hour before the show with cash or check. Credit cards are not accepted. Tickets are $10 for students with a valid ID, SJU faculty and staff, senior citizens and children under 12. General admission is $20. Bluett Theatre is located on the Saint Joseph’s University campus in Post Hall at 56th Street and Overbrook Avenue. Due to strong language, this play is not recommended for children under thirteen.




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