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Release Date: September 17, 2007

Arts at ASU to Present Award-Winning Drama

Angelo State University's Arts at ASU program will present the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama "Proof" Oct. 12-14 and 19-20 in the ASU Auditorium.

Show times will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Ticket prices are $8 general admission, $4 for non-ASU students and $3 for ASU students. Arts at ASU subscribers and ASU activity card holders will be admitted free.

"Proof" is set in Chicago and centers around the main character, Catherine, on the eve of her 25th birthday. She is a troubled young woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, Robert, a famous mathematician. Now, following Robert's death, Catherine must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire, a currency analyst from New York; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks her father left behind.

Over a long weekend, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness - or genius - has she inherited?

"The play is really about family relationships and love relationships and some of the things that make them difficult," said Dr. Bill Doll, drama professor and the play's director. "It is so fine in its writing of the complexity of the characters and all the emotional values. There are many layers of emotions going on between all the characters and they are very tight-knit in the presentation."

Samantha Sandifer, a freshman drama major from San Angelo, takes on her first ASU leading role as Catherine. Her repertoire at Central High School included a role in "Beauty and the Beast."

The role of Robert will be played by McArthur Moore, a senior drama/communications major from Houston. He is no stranger to the ASU stage, having appeared in "Pippin," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Uncommon Threads" and "My Three Angels."

Another ASU stage veteran, senior Benita Villeda of San Angelo, will take on the role of Claire. Villeda's ASU resume includes roles in "West Side Story," "Necessary Targets" and "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday."

Junior drama major Mason Cargile of Austin will play Hal. He has also appeared in the ASU productions of "Pippin," "Greetings" and "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday."

"Proof" enjoyed a successful run on Broadway and in off-Broadway productions. It was also adapted to the big screen in the 2005 movie of the same title starring Anthony Hopkins, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal. However, Doll is promising an original show for the local audience.

"I prefer to work on plays that I've never seen in any fashion, on stage or in a film," Doll said. "I want to see what we can create on our own. There is a movie out and the play did well on Broadway and off-Broadway, but I didn't see any of them. Our's will be a different production and we're just basing it on what we have discovered in the script."

Doll is the director of the University Theatre and has directed more than 70 plays at the collegiate level. Before coming to ASU in 1999, he was a tenured professor at Rose State College and served as the chair of fine arts at Howard College. He holds a Ph.D. in fine arts/theatre from Texas Tech University.

"Proof" will also be this year's ASU entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Through state, regional and national festivals, participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theatre artists. The festival honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.

Tickets for "Proof" go on sale Oct. 3 in the ASU box office. The box office is open from 2-6 p.m. weekdays in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. For reservations, call 942-2000.

For more information on the production and cast, contact the ASU University Theatre at 942-2146.

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