‘Proof’ opens Theatre Kent season

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Theatre Kent’s production of the award-winning play Proof opens on Feb. 2. The cast, from left, is made up of Keith Burnett, Tori Franks, Larissa Vogler and Neil Wood.
Theatre Kent’s production of the award-winning play Proof opens on Feb. 2. The cast, from left, is made up of Keith Burnett, Tori Franks, Larissa Vogler and Neil Wood.

As its first show of 2017, Theatre Kent is presenting Proof, by David Auburn.

The show runs Feb. 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Studio One of the Chatham Cultural Centre.

Director Tracy Morton said the show tells the story of Catherine (Tori Franks), whose recently deceased father Robert (Keith Burnett) was a mathematical genius and a professor at the University of Chicago. Catherine cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness, the spectre of which haunts her as she ponders her own genius and vulnerabilities in the wake of his death.

With the arrival of her father’s former graduate student Hal, Catherine discovers that a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers has been discovered in her father’s office. However, its authorship is a mystery.

A fraught situation intensifies when Catherine’s sister Claire arrives on the scene.

The four-person cast is rounded out by Neil Wood as Hal and Larissa Vogler as Claire.

“I was drawn to the script because I was fascinated by the dynamic of the father/daughter relationship and the influence of nature versus nurture on our emotional and intellectual development,” Morton said.

Proof premiered off-Broadway in May of 2000 but it wasn’t long before it was transferred to Broadway, winning both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play the following year.

Proof is Theatre Kent’s entry into the Western Ontario Drama League Festival.

Tickets for Proof are $18.25 for seniors and $20.25, including box office fees. They are available through the Cultural Centre box office at 519-354-8338 or online at www.cktickets.com.

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