Luther College Visual and Performing Arts to present 'Proof'

"Proof," a 2000 play by American playwright David Auburn, will be performed by the Luther College's Department for Visual and Performing Arts Oct. 3-5.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Jewel Theatre of the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus.

Tickets for the performance are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under; available at the Luther Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or boxoffice@luther.edu, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The production cast includes Luther students Miriam Harries, junior, as Catherine, Abbey Syme, sophomore, as Claire, Rich Holton, senior, as Hal, and Stephen Ster, first-year, as Robert. The play is directed by Jeff Dintaman, Luther professor of theatre.

After premiering off-Broadway in May 2000, "Proof" transferred to Broadway in October 2000. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

"Proof" tells the story of a 25-year-old woman named Catherine who has been taking care of her father, Robert, a brilliant but mentally unstable mathematician. While coping with the untimely death of her father, Catherine also must deal with her estranged sister returning home for the funeral, and her feelings for a former student of her father's.

When going through his belongings, a brilliant math proof is discovered in one of Robert's notebooks. The discovery leaves the audience wondering if it was written by Catherine or her father, and asking how much of her father's madness, or genius, has she inherited?