February 14, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center at Bucknell University will present the Walnut Street Theatre's production of "Proof" by David Auburn on Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m.

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, "Proof" tells the story of a young woman who has sacrificed college to take care of her brilliant, yet mentally ill, father.

One of his former students, Hal, comes to visit in search of more proof of his math professor's genius. He finds romance with the remote and introspective Catherine and, when her father dies, an astonishing mathematical 'proof' is discovered. Is the proof real? Who is the author? Will Catherine find her way in life, or will she continue to be haunted by her father's past and by the shadow of her own future?

Originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in May 2000 and premiered on Broadway in October 2000, in 2011 "Proof" received the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play.

Award-winning playwright David Auburn is a graduate of the University of Chicago and The Juilliard School's playwriting program. In addition to the stage play, he also wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film adaptation of "Proof" that starred Anthony Hopkins and Gwyneth Paltrow. He has written the plays "An Upset," "Skyscraper" and "What Do You Believe About The Future?" in addition to the screenplays for the films "The Lake House" and "The Girl in the Park," which he also directed. Auburn has been the recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Tickets are $20 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available. Tickets also may be purchased one hour prior to each performance.

Tickets can be charged at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAPS Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The next event in the Weis Center series is a concert on March 2, when the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic performs works by Grieg, Victor Herbert and Shostakovich with Eugene Tzigane, conductor, and Amid Peled, cello soloist.

Contact: Division of Communications

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