Student-run Center Stage Production Proof explores the impacts of mental illness and depression

David Auburn's ProofThe Department of Theatre and Dance would like to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of our students! Center Stage at the College of Charleston opens its 2023 season with the Pulitzer Prize Winning play Proof by David Auburn.

Proof is set in the early 2000’s and follows Catherine, the brilliant daughter of a highly honored math professor at the University of Chicago. Catherine’s father, Robert, struggles with a debilitating genetic mental illness that forces her to put down her own studies and look after him. As his sole caretaker, Catherine too begins to question her own sanity. This is only made worse by the presence of her sister, Claire, who tries to push Cathrine towards seeking help. When Robert’s former grad student, Hal, finds an important proof that will revolutionize the field of mathematics in her father’s study, the question of its authorship is put to the test. This heartfelt family drama poses the question, “agency or complacency?” 

Directed by student Bristol Barnes, Proof features student actors Hunter Harrell (as Catherine), Madison Berry (as Claire), and Mitchell McHugh (as Hal), with CofC professor Todd McNerney (as Robert). The production’s design team features Ellie Ford (scenic design), students Mira Turkewitz and Katie Burns (costume design), Allison Jones (lighting design), and Joey Kirkman (sound design). Olivia Maness and Molly Crary serve as the production’s stage managers.

Center Stage is the only on campus theatre organization run entirely by students. Center Stage strives to be a place for everyone to have space to perform and express themselves through their art. From the entire board of Center Stage, thank you for attending this production and your continued support for our organization. We hope you enjoy the show!

DETAILS: Performances of Proof will take place January 27 & 28 at 7:30pm and January 29 at 2pm in the Calhoun Annex Chapel Theatre. Tickets are available at the link below and are free of charge.

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