The Saint Francis University Fine Arts Department will present the
play Proof by David Auburn March
22-24 at the JFK Auditorium. Show starts at 7:30pm with a 2pm matinee on March
Senior Lindsay Carland, an Exercise Physiology major from Altoona,
will direct the production.
“Lindsay has worked tirelessly as my stage manager for the last
three years,” said Assistant Professor of Theatre F. J. Hartland. “She has always wanted to direct, so this
seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
“Directing is hard work,” said Carland, “Especially casting the
roles, but I am really pleased with the actors I chose.”
According to Hartland, “Proof
is a play about mathematics, madness and love.” In the play Catherine tries to
solve an equation her father, a noted mathematician, was unable to crack. Her life is made complicated by the arrival
of Hal, one of her father’s former students, and Claire, her sister from New
The cast is comprised entirely of freshmen. Melinda Holena, a Physicisn Assistant major
from Forty Fort, has the lead role of Catherine. Jack Weidner, a Biology major from Johnstown,
plays her father Richard. In the role of
Claire, Catherine’s sister, is Jill Leppert, a Nursing major from Bedford. Rounding out the cast as Hal, a mathematician,
is Jonathan Kirk, a Language Arts Education major from Patton.
Weidner and Leppert are making their SFU stage debuts. Both Holena and Kirk appeared in last fall’s
production of The 25th Annual
Putname County Spelling Bee.
written in 2000 and went on to win numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize
for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, the New York Drama Critics Circle
Award for Best New Play.
Tickets are available only at the door prior to each
performance. SFU students, staff and
faculty are free. General admission is
mature themes and language and is not recommended for children.
Photo: Melinda Holena as “Catherine” and Jack Weidner as her father “Robert”
in the play PROOF.