Bethel's Academic Theatre to Present "Proof"

Bethel University's Academic Theatre production of the play “Proof” begins this Thursday, Feb. 25, in Bouldin Auditorium of the Dickey Fine Arts Building on campus.
      “Proof” is a play by David Auburn originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club. It then went on to Broadway in October of 2000 where actress Mary-Louise Parker won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Catherine. The play also garnered a 2001 Pulitzer Prize.
The play was adapted to film in 2005 with Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal starring.
In the play, Catherine, the daughter of recently deceased mathematical genius and professor Robert, struggles with her own mathematical genius and with mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness, and upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? Along with demonstrating the proof's authenticity, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally.
      “Proof” is directed by Marion Graham, Director of the Bethel University Academic Theatre. Cast members include: Alex Warren of Bartlett as Catherine; Bethel faculty member Dr. John Caterina as Robert; Billy Black of Bartlett as Hal; and Ellen Hudson of Gleason as Claire.
      “Proof” begins this Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Other 7:30 p.m. performances will be Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be Sunday, Feb. 28.
      Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door before each performance. Bethel University students, faculty and staff receive free admission.
      Due to the serious nature of the play, “Proof,” a PG-13 rating has been issued, and parental guidance is strongly suggested.
      For questions, please contact Marion Graham at