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Rabbit Run Theater and Lake Erie College close the 2016-17 Studio Series with “Proof”

PAINESVILLE, OH – Rabbit Run Theater, in Madison, Ohio, and Lake Erie College close the 2016-17 Studio Series: Extraordinary Circumstances season with David Auburn’s compelling drama “Proof”.

Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Play, “Proof” opens Friday, Mar. 31, and runs through Sunday, Apr. 9.

On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but un-stable father, a famous mathematician. Unforeseen events complicate matters, bringing the arrival of an estranged sister as well as a former student.   Volatile emotions stir in Catherine, and she wonders how much of her father’s genius or madness has she inherited.

Cast members include Greg Gnau as Robert and Lake Erie College theatre minor Jessi Moore as his daughter, Catherine.  Catherine’s sister Claire is portrayed by Elizabeth Allard and the graduate student Hal is played by Lance Gentile.

“Proof” is directed by Dr. Jerry C. Jaffe, associate professor of theatre at Lake Erie College.

“’Proof’ is in the tradition of great American dramas like ‘Death of a Salesman,’’ says Jaffe.  “Both plays are about family, and their struggles between parents and children, but both plays are also about so much more as they embody the American dream and the American spirit.”

“Proof” runs Mar. 31, Apr. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Apr. 2 and 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts off of Gillett St. on the Lake Erie College campus, 391 W. Washington St., Painesville, OH.

Tickets for all performances are available on line at www.rabbitrunonline.org or at the door.  Tickets are $15/adult and $13/senior.  All students are admitted free of charge as well as Lake Erie College faculty and staff.  All seats are general seating.  Parking is free.

A pre-show event is available on Friday, Apr. 7, at the Steele Mansion in Painesville.  Patrons may enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a self-guided tour through the mansion.  The Steele Mansion is located at 348 Mentor Ave., across from Lake Erie College.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $25 for seniors (includes show ticket).  Cash bar is available; doors open at 5 p.m.  Reservations recommended and may be made at rabbitrunonline.org.

“Proof” is made possible in part by funding through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts and Culture Fund, the Ohio Arts Council and ideastream.


RRCAA is a comprehensive fine arts association offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts as well as operating Rabbit Run Theater, one of the few barn theaters still in operation. For more information, call RRCAA at 440-428-5913 or visit rabbitrunonline.org.

Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in the liberal arts. We empower students to deal with the diversity, complexity and change necessary to excel in the 21st century. We offer 35 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Our students compete in 17 NCAA Division II varsity sports.

Press release submitted by:
Karen Ziegler, Director of Marketing, RRCAA

Pictured in photo: Greg Gnau (Robert) and Jessi Moore (Catherine)
Photo credit: Elizabeth Wheeler