posted April 10, 2009

Students Staging Pulitzer Winning Play “Proof”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Proof" by David Auburn is being presented in the DeWitt Center studio theatre on Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, as a student Theatre 490 project.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. on April 16 and 17, and 9 p.m. on April 18.  Tickets are $2, and will be available at the door.

"Proof" is filled with family dysfunction, betrayal, love, genius and the threat of insanity.  The cast includes senior Maggie McGurn of Traverse City as Catherine; David James, who is adjunct associate professor of English and director of the writing center at Hope, as Robert; sophomore Cassie Niespodziewanski of Oak Brook, Ill., as Claire; and senior Carl Morrison of Pickford as Hal.

Because of adult language in the dialogue, the play is recommended for mature audiences.

Maggie McGurn is the producer, and senior Naomi Pointer of Manistee is the director.  Stage manager is freshman Amanda Van Assen of Grand Rapids, and assistant stage manager is senior Jaclynn Cherry of Rochester Hills.

Additional members of the crew are:  Lighting designer, senior Pat Feder of Grand Rapids; set designer, 2008 graduate Sarah Watkins of Bloomfield Hills; props designer, senior Katie Terpstra of Zeeland; costume designer, senior Lisa Borton of Hudson; sound designer, junior Jeri Frederickson of Wheaton, Ill.; technical director, junior Leif Nelson of Grand Rapids; master electrician, senior Mike Olson of Holland; wardrobers, junior Meghan McNamee of Clinton and sophomore Christine Worden of Midland; light board operator, freshman Radhajyoti Deitenbeck of Gainesville, Fla.; and sound board operator, sophomore Kady Neal of Seneca Falls, N.Y.

The faculty advisor is John Tammi, professor of theatre.

The production is running in conjunction with the student-coordinated "Fringe Festival" at the college, which is featuring presentations across the arts at Hope from Tuesday, April 14, through Saturday, April 25.  More information about the festival may be obtained online at www.hope.edu/academic/theatre.

The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.  The studio theatre is located on the ground level near the building's south east corner.