Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning “Proof” to be Performed at Marywood

Published on Fri, September 21, 2012

Marywood's theater program will launch its 2012-2013 season with the production of the acclaimed drama, "Proof."

Winner of multiple major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for best play, "Proof" tells the story of Catherine, a young twenty-something who must navigate through family dynamics, a burgeoning romance, and her own emotions to find an answer to the difficult question: How much of her father's genius (he's a famous mathematician) has she inherited?

Performances will be presented on Friday, September 28, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, September 30, 2 p.m., at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

  • General admission: $10
  • Seniors and students: $7
  • Free with Marywood ID

When asked to describe the play, Director Mary Ethel Schmidt says the production touches upon an array of emotions such as love, courage and grief.

"This play has set the bar really high for our work," she said. "Everyone has to step up because this play is really quite perfect, and it is a great way to stretch your abilities. As a director, you are only as good as your performers."

Actress Catherine Carter, who plays the lead role—ironically, that of a woman with the same first name—has been preparing for weeks, rehearsing and memorizing lines.

"We've worked on this play for so long, and every night we continue to learn something new about the characters," she observed. "I really loved working on this show."

Carter's fellow cast members—Sophie Pauline and Travis Murray, both Marywood students, and Jerry Durkin from the Actors' Equity Association—share Carter's enthusiasm. Durkin, who plays Catherine's father, says he's looking forward to opening night.

"This script is 87 pages that don't seem to have a wasted line," Durkin explained. "This is a fantastic theater program, and, for anyone in this community who hasn't sampled Marywood theater, they should because they don't know what they're missing."

The many awards the play has received bear out Durkin's point. These include:

  • 2001 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play
  • 2001 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play
  • 2001 New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Play
  • 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • 2001 Tony Award for Best Play