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PPCC Theatre Department and Springs Ensemble Theatre Partner to Present an Award-Winning Play Exploring Love and Math

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – April 6, 2016 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Theatre Department, in partnership with Springs Ensemble Theatre, presents Proof, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.

Proof explores the enigmatic natures of love and math. Written by David Auburn and produced by a PPCC student design and build team, the play stars PPCC students Nicholle James, Isabel Chavez and Brandon Foster, with guest actor John A. Zincone. Sarah S. Shaver, PPCC Theatre Department Chair and Springs Ensemble Theatre member, is the director.


On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, Robert, a famous mathematician and professor at the University of Chicago. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind.

Over the long weekend that follows, a blossoming romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook containing a paradigm-shifting proof draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? Can Catherine prove the proof’s authorship?


“… Combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned storytelling to provide a compelling evening of theatre … [PROOF is a] smart and compassionate play of ideas.” – ­NY Daily News

“PROOF surprises us with its aliveness … Mr. Auburn takes pleasure in knowledge … At the same time, he is unshowily fresh and humane, and he has written a lovely play.” – NY Observer

“[A] wonderfully funny … ambitiously constructed work …” – Variety


  • 7:30 - 9 p.m., April 20 - 23, and 2 - 3:30 p.m., April 24.
  • Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80909.
  • Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made at or by calling 719.357.3080.
  • Tickets are $10.


CATHERINE: Nicholle James
HAL: Brandon Foster
CLAIRE: Isabel Chavez
ROBERT: John A. Zincone

Director: Sarah S. Shaver
Stage Manager: Kasey Pineda
Scenic Design: Brandon Combs
Lights/Sound Design: Caleb Leavy
Costume Design: Rose Arthur
Props Design: Mitchell Newman and Jenna Labor
Playbill: Mitchell Newman
House Manager: Brian Archambault


Pikes Peak Community College is in its 48th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 158 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 20,000 students annually.


Springs Ensemble Theatre produces intimate, live theatre in collaboration with artists throughout the Pikes Peak area. By telling diverse stories on our stage, we explore problems and examine choices central to the human condition. We believe that theatre should engage its audience and build community by exercising the conscience, entertaining the mind, and inspiring the imagination.



Sarah S. Shaver
PPCC Theatre Department Chair/ Springs Ensemble Theatre member