Monday, October 27, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Meet Haley Samuelson-Couchman.


Haley Samuelson-Couchman portrays Claire in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of Proof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn.

Haley explained that Claire has to cope with several challenges when the play begins.

"Claire is faced with a family she left behind when she moved to New York," Haley said. "She's faced with Catherine's downhill slope, which she is convinced has progressed further than Catherine believes. She's trying to approach Catherine's problems not only in the most loving way, but also the most aggressive way. Claire is trying to get Catherine into the right places to deal with her problems, but Claire does this without thinking of anyone except herself."

Haley concluded by explaining that what audiences take away from a performance of Proof depends on which character in the production they relate to.

"They may come away relieved. They may come away highly emotional. They may come away angry at how the story plays out," she said.

Proof opens Friday, November 7, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through 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 the show or for ticket information, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

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