Regional Premiere of 2001 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play Opens August 7 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Regional Premiere of 2001 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play Opens August 7

The Hangar Theatre presents the regional premiere of Proof, David Auburn’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winning play, August 7 through 24. The Hangar is privileged to have secured the rights to Proof while the play is still in its first Broadway run. The Broadway production has gained worldwide acclaim, with the lead developed by Mary-Louise Parker, and currently starring Anne Heche. The Hangar production is especially important in its regional premiere as it is cast with a predominantly African-American cast, directed by Jaye Austin-Williams.

Austin-Williams adds a poignant depth to her exploration of the link between insanity and genius with a cast of predominantly African-American actors. The character Robert, an African-American mathematician, labors under a particular type of isolation. Austin-Williams explores how this isolation may contribute to his illness. And Catherine, isolated already by her father’s mental illness and her own genius, will fight a particular kind of battle to be fully recognized as a mathematician who is both African-American and female, two traits lesser seen in this profession.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Proof won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play.

Proof is the story of a young woman, Catherine, who is dealing with her father Robert’s double legacy of genius and insanity. Once a world-renowned mathematician, Robert is lost to mental illness and Catherine, a math genius in her own right, leaves school to care for him. Proof looks at the cost of this decision for Catherine, her sister Claire, and Robert’s student Hal.

Proof runs on the main stage from August 7 through August 24. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Special events: Thursday, August 8, Opening Night party after the show, complimentary reception, with the cast, for Opening Night ticket holders. Saturday, August 10, the 3 p.m. performance is American Sign Language interpreted. Tuesday, August 13, Tuesday Talkback with the actors, after the show. Wednesday, August 14, Community Dialogue with the Mental Health Association, after the show.