Sunday, October 26, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Meet Mark Allen Carter, the director.

The second production of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Mainstage season is Proof, written by David Auburn. Mark Allen Carter is the director. Mark has also directed Civic productions of Steel Magnolias and On Golden Pond.

Mark was introduced to David Auburn's script when he began reading prize-winning scripts that were in production within the last decade; Proof won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001, the same year it won the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.

"I love plays that deal with family conflict, but also have an underlying social meaning. This play has both elements. It's incredibly well written, and I read it from beginning to end in one sitting," Mark said. "The character of Catherine is so compelling and audiences feel so much compassion for her because of what she's going through. I wanted to direct this show because I wanted to see someone play the role of Catherine and perform it well."

Mark concluded by describing what the audience will take away from a performance of Proof.

"First, the audience will see outstanding performances from Julia Colby, Alan Hertz, Arliss Jeffries and Haley Samuelson-Couchman," he said. "Second, the audience will come out of this play with a different understanding of what mental health is. I would highly recommend people attend the performance on Sunday, November 16, because there will be a talkback session after the show with a representative of the Mental Health Association."

Proof opens Friday, November 7, at the historic Monon Depot Theater in downtown Lafayette, the home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 23. The Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. The price of tickets for adults is $15; tickets for youth cost $10.

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

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