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'Proof' opens Thursday

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[NOV. 15, 2006]  Lincoln College Theatre Department opens the mathematical tale of "Proof" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Johnston Center for Performing Arts. "Proof," which reveals deep family dynamics in the chaos of instability, runs for three evening performances and a Sunday matinee.

"Proof" tells the story of a young woman who is haunted by her father's past and the shadow of her own future. After years of taking care of her father, who was once a true mathematical genius but is now unstable and sometimes incapacitated following a mental breakdown, the young woman wonders about her future with some apprehension. Has she inherited her father's gifts or his madness? When a former student of her father finds a brilliant paper providing mathematical proof, questions arise about the origins of the work. Did the once-great mathematician find his way through the madness long enough to create the spectacular document, or was it written by someone else?

"Proof" won both the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play.

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This award-wining drama by David Auburn is directed by Lincoln College theater instructor D. Ann Jones, and the technical director is Steve Schreiber.

Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children and senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call 217-732-3155, ext. 280. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

[Lincoln College news release]

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