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by David Auburn
November 19-21, 2004, Black Box Theater

“Proof” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony in 2001. Set on a back porch in present day Chicago, “Proof” is about mathematics and mental illness. In the play, Catherine, a woman in her mid-20s, is struggling with the recent death of her math genius father, a new love interest, and her overbearing sister.

The cast of Coker students in “Proof” were sophomore Eric Decker as the eccentric Robert, junior Wesley Atkinson as Hal, a math student, and sophomore Jillian Wiggins as the older sister, Claire. The role of Catherine is double-cast with sophomores Joanna Palmer and Gabrielle Blue. The actresses are alternating performances for this weekend’s production at Coker College and last week’s preview of the play at the South Carolina Theater Conference in Spartanburg.

“Proof” at Coker was directed by Deborah Bloodworth, associate professor of theater. The lighting design was by Adam Weiner, associate professor of theater and Coker’s technical director, and art professor Jim Boden designed the set. Senior Bryant Herring was the stage manager.