Thursday, October 30, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Meet Julia Colby.


Julia Colby portrays Catherine in the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette production of Proof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn.

Julia described Catherine's background and experiences.

"Catherine chose to forego her college education in order to take care of Robert, her father," Julia explained. "She's tormented from dealing with her father's illness and her own talents in mathematics. Claire, her sister, returns after many years of being in New York to try to take care of things, and Catherine has to deal with her feelings of resentment toward Claire.

"Catherine also wonders how she'll realize her own dreams and use her talents in mathematics, especially with the cliche in the mathematics field that people older than 25 years old are intellectually past their prime. At the beginning of the play, Catherine turns 25 and she hasn't even started acting upon her talents."

Julia explained why she was interested in being involved in Proof.

"Five years ago I was 25 years old and living in Chicago," she said. "I was at a crossroads in my life, like Catherine is. A good friend of mine visited me and said, 'I'm part of this show in Springfield, Illinois. It's called Proof and you have to read the script.' We have similar taste in plays, so I agreed. We sat down to read it out loud, together. At the end of the first scene, I said, 'This is fabulous.' I asked to read through it again, and I knew then that I had to be part of this show someday."

Julia concluded by suggesting what audiences may take away from seeing a performance of Proof.

"It will challenge them to question the line between being potentially insane and being normal. It's an indistinct line. They'll see that sometimes in Catherine, and a little bit in all the characters," 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 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until November 23. The Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

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

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