Augustana Theatre Presents 'Proof'

Event Details

Date: September 24 - September 28, 2014

Times: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24-27; 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28

Location: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre

Ticket Info: $15 for adults | $10 for seniors (65+) | Free for students K-12 and Augustana students and faculty with ID

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The Augustana Performing & Visual Arts will present the award-winning production “Proof” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24-27 in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. A matinée performance will also be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; and are free for students K-12 and Augustana students and faculty with ID. Tickets are available at


"Proof" is a 2000 play by the American playwright David Auburn that tells the story of Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? Along with demonstrating the proof's authenticity, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.


The cast includes:

  • Dr Richard Swanson, Professor of Religion, as Robert
  • Claire Avery ’17 of Sioux Falls as Catherine
  • Matthew Stoffel ’15 of Sherburne, Minnesota, as Hal
  • Elizabeth Yackel-Juleen ’15 of Windom, Minnesota, as Claire