‘Proof’ opening in January at Orono theater

Photo courtesy of Sandy Cyrus
Dick Brucher (from left), Jennifer Hancock, Hailey Crabtree and Joel Crabtree appear in the Orono Community Theatre production of David Auburn’s “Proof,” Jan. 16-19 and Jan. 24-26 at the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, University of Maine.
Photo courtesy of Sandy Cyrus Dick Brucher (from left), Jennifer Hancock, Hailey Crabtree and Joel Crabtree appear in the Orono Community Theatre production of David Auburn’s “Proof,” Jan. 16-19 and Jan. 24-26 at the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, University of Maine. Buy Photo
Posted Dec. 30, 2013, at 10:13 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — Orono Community Theatre will present “Proof,” a psychological drama, beginning Thursday, Jan. 16, at Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, University of Maine campus.

Sandy Cyrus will direct the production, which is the first time she has directed a production in this theater since 1994, when the building was named for her late husband, UMaine theater professor Al Cyrus.

Deb Puhl, technical director at Bowdoin College, has designed the set. Puhl designed her very first set as an undergraduate University of Maine theater major, under the mentorship of the late professor Cyrus. Hannah Cyrus is costume designer and Kaleigh Knights is stage manager.

“Proof” is the story of a brilliant and highly respected math professor at the University of Chicago. Among his papers, after his death, is discovered a groundbreaking mathematical proof, but there is no proof about who wrote the proof. Playwright David Auburn’s script unfolds like a detective story, exploring themes of family resentments, betrayal and trust, according to a press release.

The cast includes Dick Brucher of Orono, the current chairman of UMaine English department, Jennifer Hancock of Bangor, and Joel Crabtree and Hailey Crabtree of Orrington.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16-18, 24-25; and at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26. Tickets are $12, $6 UMaine students who have student identification, and are sold in advance at Orono Pharmacy and at the door one-half hour before show times.

The play contains mature language and due to the intimate nature of the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, there will be no late seating.

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