by David Auburn
Directed by Lisa Powers Tricomi
Scenic Design: Molly Bailey
Costume Design: Amanda Dobrzeniecki
Lighting Design: Anthony J. Vito
Sound Design: Jamey Feshold
The second play of the TheatreUSF season and of the yearlong, campus-wide initiative, Science, Art, and Culture: An Eternal Braid will be Proof, written by David Auburn. Winner of both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. TheatreUSF 's production was directed by 2012 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artist Lisa Powers Tricomi.
The play examines the relationship between Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius, and his daughter Catherine, who cared for him during his lengthy mental illness. Upon the discovery of a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office, the question of authorship arises. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central issue: How does one prove who wrote the proof?