Theatre department to present award-winning drama “Proof”

Play graphic for "Proof"

The Hanover College Theatre will present American playwright David Auburn’s award-winning drama “Proof,” Friday-Sunday, Feb. 11-13.

Auburn’s best-known work, “Proof” won numerous honors in 2001, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards for best play, best direction and best actress. That year, the production was named the best play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and also collected the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and Drama Desk Award for Best New Play.

“Proof” examines the plight of Catherine, a young woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant but mentally-ill father, a famed mathematician. Following his death, she must wrestle with the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire, and the professional and romantic intentions of Hal, a former student who is canvassing her father’s research-related notebooks. Catherine must also contend with the unknown regarding how much of her father’s genius – and madness – she may have inherited.

“Proof” was developed in 1999 at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J. The play premiered Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club, May 23, 2000, and transferred to Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre, Oct. 24, 2000. “Proof” was eventually stage from coast-to-coast in the U.S., as well as London and Sydney, Australia. A 2005 film adaptation starred Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins in the lead roles.

Hanover’s staging of “Proof” will be presented at The Other Place, located between Donner Hall and Ide Hall. The production, delayed nearly two years by the COVID-19 pandemic, is made possible with support from Dr. Anne-Marie Blancquaert and Dr. Walter Bruyninckx. The play features an all-student cast and is directed by Jennifer Schmidt, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre, with technical direction by Christian Bowyer.

The Feb. 11-12 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Feb. 13 presentation will start at 2 p.m.

General admission tickets are free and available in advance. Reservations of tickets are required due to limited seating in the venue. Tickets may be printed or scanned upon entry from a barcode on a mobile device.

Note: Face-coverings are required for all in attendance.