‘Proof’ gets its second showing

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Jennifer Smith

Published: March 3 2004

PJC’s production of the dark drama “Proof,” which opened this past weekend at the Ashmore Auditorium, will be staged again Friday and Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoon, March 5-7.

The story is about a young woman named Catherine who is struggling with her attachment to her insane father and with thoughts of her own possible madness and hopeless future.

The story weaves its tale around Hal, a former graduate student who studied under Catherine’s father. Hal hopes to find an earth-shattering formula among journals full of scribbles.

“Proof,” written by David Auburn, earned the Pulitzer Prize in 2001.

It also has  received a Tony Award and the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

The show does contain portions of  profanity.

PJC warns that the production may not be suitable for children under 13 because of the profanity. The cast combines the talents of Marc Petersen, playing the insane father, Robert; Danielle Turner, portraying the younger daughter, Catherine; Lindsy Fennel, playing the older daughter, Claire; and Michael Petty, portraying the graduate student, Hal.

According to director Stan Dean, all are complicated roles with varying struggles internal and emotional.

They deal with jealousy, depression, paranoia and insanity.

There is, however, a possible positive message. Dean hopes his audience will gain the knowledge that “no matter how low you get, there is always a chance to pull yourself out of it.”

Students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with advance tickets picked up at the Lyceum ticket office in building 8 the Ashmore Auditorium on the Pensacola campus.

Otherwise tickets are $8 for reserved admission.

Children and adults 60 and older pay $6 for seats. For more details, call 484-1847.

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