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        Join us for Proof Opening February 17th

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Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.

"…combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned storytelling to provide a compelling evening of theatre…[PROOF is a] smart and compassionate play of ideas." NY Daily News.

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, 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—will she inherit?

The Department of Theater and Dance provides a wide variety of academic courses and practical experience for approximately 85 majors and 50 minors in five areas of specialization: Performance, Dance, Design and Technical Theater, Theater Education, and Theater History/Literature/Criticism.

The Department produces four Main Stage theater productions and one dance concert each academic year in the Main Theater in Dunham Hall and The Metcalf Theater, a black box with flexible seating for 150. We also offer a variety of productions by the Student Experimental Theater Organization, Black Theater Workshop, a Student Dance Concert, and an Evening of One-Act Plays. The Cougar Theater Company and University Dance Company are comprised of student majors who tour theater and dance to area schools, festivals and conferences. During the summer, we produce a semi-professional season of musicals and plays called Summer Showbiz and run the Xfest, a four-day festival of experimental theater productions and master classes presented by invited professional companies from around the nation.

Our Department offers two exciting study abroad opportunities. The London Theater Study Abroad course is offered every other year in the summer. In addition we have begun a study program in Suriname, South America in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology.

The theater program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST). Please contact the Department for more information by calling (618) 650-2773. We look forward to welcoming you to the department and to your career in the performing arts.

Theater Performance Program

Dance Performance Program

Theater Design/Tech Program

Theater History/Literature/Criticism Program

Theater Education Program

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