Campus Community Players to present ‘Proof’
For the Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – The Campus Community Players will present David Auburn’s play “Proof” in the Helen Connor Laird Theatre at UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield.
Winner of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama, Proof is the story of an enigmatic young woman, her manipulative sister, their brilliant father, and an unexpected suitor. They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof.
The narrative follows the young but guarded Catherine (Carly Rhyner) who grieves over the loss of her father Robert (Ed Krall). Although Robert was a famous mathematician who had become a legend at the local university for solving complicated proofs, he also suffered from mental illness. Just as Catherine begins to give in to her fear that she, too, might suffer from her father’s condition, Catherine’s older sister Claire (Montana Smith) returns home to help “settle” family affairs and Hal (Andrew Spencer), one of Robert’s former students, starts to poke around the house. What Hal discovers in an old notebook brings to light a buried family secret that tests the sisters’ kinship as well as the romantic feelings growing between Catherine and Hal.
The veteran CCP actors are joined by an experienced crew. Donna Thompson, who has been involved in the theatre scene at Marshfield for many years,serves as stage manager for Proof, and UWSP at Marshfield student Alison Skrenes shares her talents backstage.
Brad Schmicker has led the Campus Community Players for several years and has directed numerous plays including “The 39 Steps,” “All My Sons,” and “The Comedy of Errors.”
“Proof is a play we started rehearing just before COVID hit and all live productions were shut down. I am excited to end my run as director at UWSP at Marshfield with this play,” Schmicker said.
Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.uwsp.edu or at the Marshfield box office one hour prior to each performance. Show times are: April 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on April 24 at 2 p.m.