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SE Campus finds Proof in new play

Hal (Brandon Owens) and Catherine (Courtney Morris) rehearse a scene from Proof, running Feb. 28-March 1 on SE Campus.  Photo by Patrick Cusack/The Collegian
Hal (Brandon Owens) and Catherine (Courtney Morris) rehearse a scene from Proof, running Feb. 28-March 1 on SE Campus. Photo by Patrick Cusack/The Collegian

By Shalonda Rodgers/reporter

Hal (Brandon Owens) and Catherine (Courtney Morris) rehearse a scene from Proof, running Feb. 28-March 1 on SE Campus.  Photo by Patrick Cusack/The Collegian
Hal (Brandon Owens) and Catherine (Courtney Morris) rehearse a scene from Proof, running Feb. 28-March 1 on SE Campus. Photo by Patrick Cusack/The Collegian

Proof by David Auburn is a drama about discovery of self through a notebook.

“However, there are some laugh out loud moments, and there is also a mystery to solve,” Jacque Wall, director, said.

SE drama students will open Proof tomorrow night in the C.A. Roberson Theatre.

“All the cast members play a vital part in this play,” she said. “There are no special characters.”

This story starts on the back porch of a house in Chicago.

Catherine, played by Courtney Morris, is a troubled 25-year-old woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician.

After losing her father, Robert, played by Max Unger, she discovers through a notebook of complication her inner self is much like her father.

Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions and the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire (Heather Trietley).

Claire believes her sister is unstable and wants to take her back to New York with her.

Also, Catherine must contend with the attention of Hal (Brandon Owens), a former student of her father. Hal hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks her father left behind.

“I get an adrenaline rush from my character because of the intensity,” Morris said.

Wall said she loves the play’s characters.

“They are so rich and so real,” she said. “I think the story they have to tell is very relevant.”

As a director, Wall said she faces the challenge of taking her vision from her head and presenting it clearly to the cast, crew and audience.

“I’m hoping that we have kept the concept simple enough to take in and yet layered enough to be interesting and intriguing for all who see the play,” she said.

This production combines elements of mystery and surprise with good storytelling drama in a theatre setting, Wall said.

“Some will see a play about love; some will see sibling rivalry; some will see the analytical mind; some will see taking care of parents,” she said. “The list goes on.”

Unger is ready for opening night.

“I look forward to the applause of the audience,” he said.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“This is definitely a play for a mature audience,” she said. “There is some strong language and adult situations.”

Wall has enjoyed working with the students.

“It has been fun to have such a small and talented cast,” she said. “I think the audience will walk away with many different feelings depending on where they are and what they have experienced in life.”

Cost is free for TCC students, faculty and staff. General admission is $6, but $3 for anyone under 18 or over 50.

For reservations, call 817-515-3599.

Proof
Warning: Adult Content
Southeast Campus
Showtimes: 
Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m., Matinees 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday
Box Office: 817-515-3599
General Admission: $6
Non-TCC Students/Seniors: $3
TCC Students, Faculty, Staff: Free

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