Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


February 2, 2004 (Allentown, PA) - Fresh from the Broadway stage, Cedar Crest College presents the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Proof," a play that explores the quirky nature of genius and the relentlessness of insanity. "Proof" runs February 19, 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 8:00 p.m. and February 22 at 2:00 p.m.

"'Proof' is a genuine story with believable characters and realistic interactions between them," says Tim Brown, director of the production. "The script is incredibly well-written. In a time when people look at the movies and wonder where the good stories are, I say "Proof" is one of them." Written by David Auburn, "Proof" is one of the most acclaimed new American plays of the last decade.

"Proof" is the story of Catherine, an enigmatic young woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant theorist father. When a disputed mathematical proof is found among her father's notebooks, she searches for the truth and questions how much of his genius - or insanity - she has inherited. Centering around four complicated characters and the dynamic relationships between them, the title of the play steers from a mathematical theorem and evolves into a metaphor for trust. "The math is incidental. The story is really about the relationships and the quandaries within them," says Brown. "The theme shifts back and forth from what needs to be proved."

Working with a small cast has allowed Brown to really challenge the actors. "I am excited because when I see the actors interact, I can tell that there is a spectacular chemistry among them. As we go over a scene, things just begin to click," says Brown.

Brown has also noticed parallels between "Proof" and the Academy Award-winning movie, "A Beautiful Mind." "The characters from each story suffer from the duality of mental illness and intellectual greatness. It is these types of eccentricities that really give depth to the characters." "Proof" is currently in production to be released as a major motion picture. Under the direction of John Madden, it will star Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins.

The cast of "Proof" includes: Angela Romano '06 (Norristown), Brenna O'Keefe '04 (Allentown), Bob Weick (Kintnersville), and Peter Sanchez (Easton).

"Proof" runs February 19, 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 8:00 p.m. and February 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center. Admission is $10, $8 and $5 in advance; $12, $10 and $6 at the door. For more information, please contact the Cedar Crest College Box Office at 610-606-4608.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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