Everyone has parents and everyone aspires to be like them in some way. But what happens when there’s a distinct possibility that we may inherit their talent -- and their madness?

The Walnut Street Theatre presents Proof - a remarkable and luminous play about fathers and daughters, genius and insanity, legacy and truth - this SATURDAY NIGHT at 8:00 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of Catherine, a young woman who has sacrificed college so that she could take care of her brilliant, yet mentally ill, father. One of his former students, Hal, comes to visit in search of more proof of his math professor’s genius. He finds romance with the remote and introspective Catherine and, when her father dies, an astonishing mathematical ‘proof’ is discovered. Is the proof real? Who is the author? Will Catherine find her way in life, or will she continue to be haunted by her father’s past and by the shadow of her own future? There is Proof of the delicate nature of genius in this compelling and tautly beautiful play. This graceful, clever and often funny play is a delightful romance, a drama of finely-splintered family dynamics and a mystery about the true nature of genius. Proof was also made into a well regarded film starring Anthony Hopkins and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Walnut Street Theatre
Founded in 1809, Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theatre in the United States. For 200 years, this venerable institution has stood the test of time to become a staple of Philadelphia’s, and for that matter, America’s cultural community.

Over the past two centuries the Walnut’s landmark theatre has been graced by some of America’s most legendary performers including Ethel Barrymore, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Helen Hayes and Kathryn Hepburn. Its grand stage has housed a remarkably wide range of entertainment and national events, including circus, opera, vaudeville, lectures, music, dance, motion pictures, live theatre and even the first televised Presidential Debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. 

Event Details


Feb 25, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Doors open at 7:00 PM

Ticket Prices

(Plus Applicable Fees)

Tickets Go On Sale

Jun 1, 2011

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* This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation