BOONE—The Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society presents David Auburn’s “Proof” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18. The show will be performed in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the Appalachian State University campus.
Ticket prices are $5 for Appalachian students and faculty /staff with an $8 admission price for the general public. Tickets are available at the door one-half hour prior to each performance.
The 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play, “Proof” follows a troubled young woman named Catherine, who has spent years caring for her brilliant but mentally unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, the discovery of a mysterious notebook draws Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s instability – or genius – will she inherit?
Luke White, a junior general theatre major, directs the production. “We have been trying to ground these characters in the often difficult reality of those who struggle with mental illness and their families,” he said. “I hope our audience will come away with an understanding that these issues should not be the defining factor in our estimation of a person’s worth.”
The cast features a combination of current students and Appalachian alumni. Theatre majors Madi Viterito and Grayson Rieth portray the characters Hal and Claire, while former students Abby and Mark Suggs play the roles of Claire and Robert.
Appalachian’s Alpha Psi Omega Lambda Zeta chapter is dedicated “to fostering appreciation for all aspects of theatre, and enriching the community through their art.” Therefore, profits from the show will be donated to the High Country affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an organization that supports those living with mental illness as well as their families and loved ones. NAMI advocates for access to treatment and support for all those in need. Through events, outreach and advocacy, they “work to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensure that those living with it have a voice.”
I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the east side of I.G. Greer Hall below the auditorium, with a separate entrance on the side of the building. Parking is available on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons and the Rivers Street parking deck.