Masque and Gown Present 'Proof' Oct. 5-7

Story posted September 22, 2006

Masque and Gown will present Proof, a play about genius, humanity, and mathematicians, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 5, 6, and 7, 2006, in Memorial Hall Wish Theater, on the Bowdoin College campus.

David Auburn's Proof, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, focuses on the struggles of Catherine, the daughter of a brilliant mathematical professor.

Catherine, who will be played by Jimei Hon '09, follows in her deceased father's footsteps as she grapples with both intellectual genius and mental illness. Catherine's sister, Claire (Hannah Weil '08), and their father's former student, Hal (Mark Viehman '07), accompany Catherine as she sets out to show that she is the author of an important mathematical proof. The cast is completed by Sam Duchin '10 who plays Catherine's father.

Clark Gascoigne '08, the production's director, said that Proof spans many disciplines, much like a liberal arts education. "It's a great show because it reaches across academia," he noted. "[Proof] pulls in mathematics, a discipline not usually associated with theater."

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Gascoigne (left) directs Viehman and Duchin in rehearsal of Proof.

Gascoigne added that students will be able to empathize with some of the emotional struggles the characters contend with. "A lot of the characters are close to college age, so the problems they deal with — loss, confusion, depression — are emotions that every college student feels at some point."

The small cast will work together intensely over the next few weeks. "[The actors] work extremely well together and the energy is strong," said Gascoigne.

Tickets to Proof are $1 and are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk on campus. Call 207-725-3375. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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