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“Proof” questions line between genius and madness

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Director of Vocal Studies Jeff Kensmoe (left) directs student actors Alicia Alford (center) and Mary Feril in a scene from “Proof” in which their two characters fight over a notebook.

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Hal (Thomas Hoffman) steals a kiss from Catherine (Mary Feril) while she’s swinging in a scene from the Wayland theatre production of “Proof.”

By: John Harmon/Student Writer

     Wayland is staging “Proof,” the Tony Award-winning play about a recently deceased mathematical genius and his daughter Catherine’s struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness.
      The play is being directed by Mr. Jeff Kensmoe, Director of Vocal Studies, Opera, and Musical Theatre.
      But no, this isn’t a musical. Dr. Marti Runnels, Director of Theatre, has been involved in preparation for the recent SACS accreditation visit and was not able to direct this play. He offered the job to Mr. Kensmoe.
     “It’s a beautiful, well-written play,” Kensmoe said, “It’s very clever and humorous.”
      The cast includes Thomas Hoffman, a senior from Wasilla, Alaska, as Hal (Catherine’s love interest); Mary Feril, a senior from Grand Prairie as Catherine; Alicia Alford, a senior from Forney as Claire (Catherine’s sister); and Grant Jasper, a senior from Argyle as Robert (Catherine’s father).
     “It has all the human elements one could want in a play,” Mr. Kensmoe said.
      The play debuted last weekend and will conclude Feb. 29 and March 1 at 8 p.m. at the Harral Studio Theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students.
      For more information or to make reservations, call the Theatre Box Office at 291-1089.