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BSU Theater presents David Auburn's award-winning play "Proof" Nov. 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 7:30pm, and Nov. 20 at 2:00pm in the Bangsberg Hall Main Theatre. The play, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award, concerns Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? Along with demonstrating the proof's authenticity, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control.