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Murphys Creek Theatre Ready To Raise Curtain On Season

Launching Murphys Creek Theatre’s 2020 Season is David Auburn’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play, Proof.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Proof is a story with characters so evidently full of flaws that we can easily relate to a few of them in ourselves. They are tough and resilient in the face of common and uncommon adversity, and still they trudge on with heartfelt ferocity.

Opening Night will be Thursday, Feb. 14. Murphys Creek Theatre is at 580 S. Algiers St., Murphys, just steps away from the heart of bustling downtown Murphys. Shows will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at or call the Box Office at 209-728-8422 to purchase tickets. For more information and updates on the current goings on at Murphys Creek Theatre, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @murphys_creek_theatre.

Prices are: General Admission $28, seniors $22, group rate $20, student rate $12.

Living in the shadow of her father (a world-renowned mathematician), Catherine lives with the burden of his mental illness, a strained relationship with her sister, adoration from one of her father’s former students, and the possibility that she might have inherited more from her father than his propensity for math.

These characters are just words on a page and, as incredible as they are, they are nothing without the human soul. With this as his main focus, director Todd Thomas has assembled a veritable hand-picked, gypsy family of brilliant talent from near and far who bring so much life to these words that each phrase they utter is a breathtaking journey of tender, incendiary, hilarious, and heartbreaking moments.

Thomas, having started his professional acting career with MCT almost two decades ago, returns from his time in NYC and Portland, Oregon to direct this season’s opener.

Michael Crich, an actor-turned pilot-turned actor, portrays the world famous and wildly charming mathematical genius, Robert. Since returning to the stage a few years ago, he has performed in over 25 productions in the Motherlode. Sarah Coykendall is Claire, Catherine’s financial analyst sister who resides in NYC. A former resident of Calaveras County, Coykendall is Associate Director of the annual Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite, former Impact Theatre company member, founder of Splathouse Theatre in Oakland, and one of Todd’s friends since she was a teenager.

Hal is tackled by Jon Verkler. A Chicago native, Verkler studied with Second City in Chicago, the famous Improv and sketch comedy school before moving to Portland and working with several local theatres. Verkler and Thomas met in Portland while performing in a 10-minute play festival. Catherine is brought to life by Lauren Elyse Taylor. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Taylor works in both film and stage. Currently based in Oakland, she has studied with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles, The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and The Waterfront Playhouse and Conservatory in Berkeley California.