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“Proof,” the upcoming performance at the Stevensville Playhouse is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius and the power of love.

The play by David Auburn has won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

As the story goes, Catherine has inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. She has spent years caring for her now-deceased father, and upon his death, she feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life without him.

Director Benjamin Eckert said he chose to direct the play because he’s a mathematician.

“A play about math was a hook for me,” he said. “When you get past that you also have a great story about mental illness and living up the legacy of our parents.”

The show is serious in nature and contains adult content and language.

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“There are some fun moments in there as well, it is not completely dower,” Eckert said. “In Montana there are quite a lot of generations here. I think a lot of people are caring for parents and might be able to relate to some parts of this play.”

Eckert said the four-person cast — April Rose as Catherine; Samantha Fife as Clare; Jason Eckert as Hal; and Gus Laursen as Robert — is excellent.

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“We have great people,” he said. “I’ve worked with them before, it will come together and be a great show. People will enjoy this because it is a great story that many people can relate to, the core of it is about family.”

The rest of the crew includes Nancy Eckert — stage manager; Benjamin Eckert — sound; and Rachel Stiner — lights.

See “Proof” at the Stevensville Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 15. The Stevensville Playhouse is at 319 Main St in Stevensville. For more information call 406-777-2722 or online visit www.stevensvillellayhouse.org.

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