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Cumberlands Spring Theatre to Present Proof


Michael Perkins and Taylor Singleton seen here arguing over choices made about dinner and college. Photo by Tyler Collins.

Williamsburg, Ky. - Tickets are on sale now for the University of the Cumberlands (UC) spring theatre production Proof by David Auburn.

Proof is the story of Catherine (Taylor Singleton), a 25 year-old woman, who has spent her adult life caring for her father Robert (Michael Perkins), a brilliant mathematician who had rewritten the mathematical theories in 3 different fields by his mid-20s but who then suffered debilitating mental illness during most of the rest of his life. When Hal (Thomas Sakowich), a former student of Robert’s, makes a startling discovery in one of Robert’s notebooks, Catherine must face the sibling rivalry between herself and her sister Claire (Rebecca Partin) and her own fears that she might be following in her father’s footsteps. Proof won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

“This is a very talented cast,” says director Kim Miller, Assistant Professor of Theatre, “and they’ve been a lot of fun to work with. Proof has provided us with the opportunity to allow these theatre majors a chance to explore different types of roles than they’ve played before.”

Taylor Singleton does a great job as Catherine and displays this character’s sense of loss with tenderness and Catherine’s awareness of the ironic absurdity existing in her world with great explosions of emotion. Taylor was last seen on the Kohn Theatre stage as Mrs. Webb in Our Town.

Rebecca Partin is playing Claire, Catherine’s older sister. Partin has just come off of a successful run as the Baker’s Wife Into the Woods and as the director of the student production “Don’t Fear the Reaper” last December. “Usually,” continues Miller, “Rebecca Partin has the roles in which her character is running around, seeking one thing or pursuing another, but in this production, she plays the person with all the answers and who has to keep control on everyone else.”

Also cast outside of his usual role is Thomas Sakowich who plays Hal, a character usually caught in the middle of someone else’s uncomfortable moments. “Thomas has a way of expressing a mild discomfort and then just letting it grow until everyone feels for him. It’s been fascinating watching him develop these responses to Hal’s situation.” The character of Robert is played by Michael Perkins. This is Michael’s first performance assignment on the Kohn stage. “Mike has been integral to all of the performances for the past 4 years,” notes Miller, “because he is our sound person. He has done all of the microphone work for the musicals and the special sound effects for our other shows. But the big secret in our program is that Mike is a fine actor too. Robert’s illness has been a tragedy for this family, but Michael doesn’t allow the audience to sit back and just feel sorry for him. He keeps the plot moving forward by embodying in Robert a sense of humor, dignity and an appreciation for life.”

Performances will be Feb. 23, 24, 25 and March 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 PM and Feb. 26th at 2:00 PM and are in the Kohn Theatre of the Grace Crum Rollins Center on the University of the Cumberlands campus. The box office opens one hour before show time and tickets can be reserved by calling 539-4535. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.