Lab Theater to perform Tony Award-winning drama, ‘Proof’
The department of theatre and dance at the University of South Carolina will produce the award-winning drama, “Proof,” Oct. 7 - 10 at the Lab Theater on Wheat Street.
David Britt, acting instructor in the department, will direct the all-student cast.
Tickets are $5 and available at the door. All performances are at 8 p.m.
The drama follows Catherine, a college dropout who has spent the past few years caring for her father, a famous mathematician, who suffers from a mental illness. 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?
“I chose this play because our students are coming into their adulthood,” said Britt. “One of the biggest impacts adulthood brings is the realization of what we have in common with our parents. We inherit all sorts of behaviors from our parents.”
The play has received many accolades, including a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2001, Tony Award for Best Play in 2001 and a major film adaptation in 2005, starring Gwenyth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins.