"I don’t believe that we have ever done 3 shows this close together before," Depot Theater director John Stuff said recently. "When I came to the Depot, I realized to reach a better place financially the Company would need to do more than the four shows and the youth show that they had been doing."

Fresh off of productions of Moonglow and Love Letters, Proof will begin its run this weekend with the first show hitting the stage Thursday with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

According to Proof director Miguel Coca, Proof is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama by David Auburn that follows Catherine on the night before her 25th birthday as she deals with the death of her father and tries to figure out how much here father’s genius she inherited and hoping she didn’t inherit much else.

Claire, Catherine’s older sister flies in from New York to go through father things and to sell their childhood home. A mathematical proof turns up and they must determine if their father wrote or not.

"As this is my first time directing a show I wanted pick a show with a small cast and something I could see myself acting in," Coca said. "When I was selecting a show I narrowed it down to a couple of shows that were great but I couldn’t relate to them.

"It wasn't till Sheri Tieben, who is also in the cast, gave me the script for Proof and said I might like it and sure enough after my first read through I know I wanted to direct this show."

The cast for Proof will be Tieben as Catherine, Kyle Hager as Robert, Amber fuller as Claire and Lewis D. Mize as Hal with a crew of seven.

The goal for this season at the Depot Theater will be a production of eight total shows.

"Doug Wilson and I had been trying to do a project together for a number of years and the timing just worked out with both his schedule and the Depot schedule to do Love Letters right after Valentine’s Day," Stuff said.

"Since that show involved just two people and they were coming in from outside the area, and the show required a very minimal set, it was easier to place it in the schedule where we did.

"It has been an overwhelmingly exhausting experience to try to rehearse and produce three shows in this short a time and we probably will not try it again any time soon, unless just the right projects come along.

"I’ll never say never, but it sure won’t be soon."

Proof curtains Thursday with the lobby and bar opening at 5:30 p.m. The production will run on Friday and Saturday this week with the theater doors opening at 6:15 p.m. and the curtain at 7:30 p.m. Sunday is matinee only with the lobby and bar opening at noon, theater doors at 12:45 p.m. and the curtain at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $55 for dinner and the show or $40 for the show only.

Reservations for tickets can be made by calling 620-225-1001 or by visiting the purchase tickets page at depottheaterco.com.

The production returns for its final run on March 8-11.

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