Proof and Doubt Opening Night

Award-winning plays “Proof” and “Doubt” will be performed Feb. 22-26, 2018 on the Montana Western campus. The cast of “Proof” features UMW students and visiting arts instructor, Robert Holter. Back row from left to right: Robert Holter, Zack VanDyke, and Kaylee Clemmons. Front row: Joanna Avery.

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Department, as part of the 2017-18 Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series, presents two plays in February: “Proof” and “Doubt.” The performances will be held Feb. 22-26, 2018 in the Beier and Small Auditoriums on the Montana Western campus.

“Proof” by David Auburn, follows the life of Catherine, a loyal daughter and her brilliant, but less-than-sane, mathematician father. After the death of Catherine’s dad, her life is turned upside-down. Catherine struggles with the idea that she may have inherited her father’s insanity, as well his affinity for math. “Proof,” directed by Montana Western faculty member Larry Brazill, will captivate audiences through this story of romance, loyalty, and mystery.

Performance times are Feb. 22, 24 and 26 at 7:30 pm, and Feb. 23 at 1:00 pm in the Beier Auditorium in Main Hall.

“Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley, is directed by Montana Western student Katie Bumgarner. Emotional and boundary-pushing, this play illustrates the power struggle between genders, race, and religion. Set at a Catholic school in the 1960’s, the complex characters take the audience through the story of a priest and his relationship with one of his students, conveying a story of self-doubt, sympathy, and trust.

Performance times are Feb. 23 and 25 at 7:30 pm, and Feb. 24 and 26 at 1:00 pm in the Small Auditorium (on the third floor of Main Hall).

Both “Proof” and “Doubt” received a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play in 2001 and 2005, respectively. The Pulitzer Prize is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for literature. Tickets for each show are $8 general admission and $5 youth (recommended for adults only due to language and mature themes). Montana Western students are admitted free of charge. Season tickets are $40 and are available at the door or by calling 406-683-7101.

A 125th Founders Day Celebration and Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Social will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm on the first floor of Main Hall for the community and audience of “Proof” to enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and conversation before the show begins that night at 7:30 pm. The social is hosted by Montana Western Alumni and Friends and the University of Montana Western Foundation.

For more information, please contact Dr. Judy Ulrich, Professor of Fine Arts and Education, by email at, or call (406) 683-7422.