News Release

Evangel University presents fall production, Proof, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14-16

November 11, 2013 | Kim Jeyaraj

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Evangel University Humanities Department will present David Auburn’s Proof on Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14-16.

The play will begin each evening at 7 p.m. and will take place in the Barnett Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are $7 per person, and group tickets (10 or more) are $5 per person. The student rate is $5 per person.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or

Senior Christina Jeter will direct the play as part of her drama practicum. Jeter is a double major in English and theater from Waxahachie, Texas.


Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant yet unstable father, a famous mathematician. Following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: how much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?

“When I read Proof during my sophomore year at Evangel, I fell head over heels in love with the play,” Jeter said. The storyline of Proof is well-constructed and character driven. It’s one of the best-written plays I have ever read.”

“Proof has many universal themes throughout the story, including trust, fear, family, death and love. I think students should anticipate both an entertaining and thought-provoking production,” Jeter said.

Cast and Characters

  • Alexis Pyles, junior theatre major from Buffalo, Mo., as Catherine.
  • Joshua David Smith, junior theatre major from Pueblo, Colo., as Harold “Hal” Dobbs
  • Rachel Smith, freshman film major from Springfield, Ill., as Claire
  • Chris Ragain, junior broadcasting major from Golden, Colo., as Robert

For more information, contact Lisa Kraus at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8640.

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