Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Meet Alan Hertz.


Alan Hertz plays Hal in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of Proof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn.

Hal is a mathematics professor at the University of Chicago. While Hal was earning his Ph.D., he had the opportunity to work with Robert, Claire and Catherine's father. Robert, in fact, served as Hal's advisor for a period of time.

"Hal volunteers to search through Robert's notebooks for previously undiscovered mathematical proofs. His goal is publishing them under Robert's name, but also earning prestige for himself," Alan said. "During his search, Hal develops a relationship with Catherine and begins to understand how much she knows about mathematics."

Alan concluded by suggesting what audiences may take with them from a performance of Proof.

"Depending on how people relate to the characters, they will take away different things," he said. "They may feel some anger because some issues aren't resolved. They may be somewhat frustrated, or they may be able to relate to dealing with a highly intelligent person who's on a different intellectual plane."

Proof opens Friday, November 7, in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, the home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until November 23. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

For more information about Proof or to order tickets, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

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