Friday, May 09, 2008

*Proof* at EWU

Wednesday-Sunday: May 14 and May 16-17 at 7:30 pm; 2 pm matinees on Thursday, May 15, and Sunday, May 18
University Theater, Cheney
Tickets: $5
directed by Sara Goff
Just 80 seats for each performance, right up there onstage with the actors. And Patrick Treadway is playing the mathematician-father, Robert. Goff "asked around town for an actor I could trust" and hired Treadway sight unseen.

Goff, who directed EWU's *Our Country's Good* in March, is a first-year theater professor at Eastern who arrives her with an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and who worked at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Her undergrad degree is from Western Illinois. She replaces Gene Engene, who retired, in the tenure-track position.

*Proof* is "an intimate play," says Goff, "so I didn't want it in a big proscenium. The set is interesting — we have the porch and the backyard behind a scrim for the opening of the play."
Goff doesn't mind maintaining a sense of ambiguity at the end of David Auburn's play. "I don't mind the mystery," she says. "Is [Catherine] crazy? I'm not sure. But when there's a play about a phenomenal father/daughter relationship that shows the fine line between genius and madness, I want to do it."


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