Theater Program Caps Season with Broadway Hit “Proof”

By Tom McLaughlin

The Rutgers University–Camden theater program will present David Auburn’s award-winning drama Proof in the Walter K. Gordon Theater on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, to Saturday, April 8. A special high school matinee will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 7, and a matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9.

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells a heart-wrenching personal tale of love, loss, and an uncertain future. On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine finds herself struggling with the recent death of her father Robert, a brilliant but unstable mathematician. The arrival of her estranged sister and one of her father’s former graduate students, Hal, only complicates matters. As he searches through Robert’s work, Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof. Catherine must prove who wrote the proof while she continues to grapple with the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?

Rutgers–Camden faculty staging the production are led by director Damon Bonetti, a part-time lecturer of theater, as well as an accomplished Philadelphia-based actor, Barrymore-nominated director, and co-founder of the Barrymore award-winning Philadelphia Artists’ Collective. James Mobley, technical director of the theater program, is designing the set, which will bring Catherine’s family home to life on the Gordon Theater stage. Millie Hiibel, part-time lecturer, is the costume designer. Sound design is by Stefán Örn Arnarson, an instructor of music and technical theater coordinator.

Lighting design is by Barrymore Award-winning and nationally known designer John Hoey, who has designed for major theaters throughout Philadelphia, as well as the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet.

The Rutgers–Camden cast is led by junior theater major Corinna Thomas, a Camden resident and graduate of Camden County Technical Schools in Pennsauken, as the brilliant, troubled Catherine. Junior theater major Natajia Sconiers, a Cherry Hill resident and graduate of Cherry Hill East High School, plays Claire, Catherine’s estranged sister. Junior theater major Joshua Louis, also a resident of Cherry Hill and a graduate of Cherry Hill East High School, takes on the role of Hal, Robert’s former graduate student.

Joining the cast is Philadelphia-based actor Monroe Barrick as Catherine and Claire’s father, Robert.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and $7 for non-Rutgers students with a valid ID. Rutgers students may reserve two free tickets with a valid ID at the Impact Booth, located in the Campus Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Impact Booth at 856-225-6211. Tickets will also be sold at the box office beginning two hours prior to curtain time. Please be advised that the box office can only accept cash.

For more information, visit finearts.camden.rutgers.edu/theater-program. To arrange tickets for the high school matinee, contact Jake Hufner at 856-225-2870 or jhufner@nullcamden.rutgers.edu.

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