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Proof

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Publisher's Summary

An enigmatic young woman. A manipulative sister. Their brilliant father. An unexpected suitor. One life-altering question. The search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof is the perplexing problem in David Auburn's dynamic play. Starring Anne Heche and Jeremy Sisto, Proof is a winner of the 2001 Tony award for Best Play as well as the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Includes an interview with Dr. Carrie Bearden, a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California-Los Angeles. Dr. Bearden is working to identify brain-based traits that may provide clues as to the underlying causes of psychosis and bipolar disorder. She joined us to talk about the role of heredity in mental illness and the links between genius and madness.

Also includes an interview with Steven Strogatz, a professor at the Cornell University School of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Strogatz is the author of three books, including Sync and The Calculus of Friendship, and has authored a column on mathematics for the New York Times. Dr. Strogatz joined us to talk about popular stereotypes of mathematicians, math as a "young man's game," and the question of gender bias in the field.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Anne Heche as Catherine

Jeremy Sisto as Hal

Robert Foxworth as Robert

Kaitlin Hopkins as Claire

Directed by Jenny Sullivan. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Proof is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

(P)2004 L.A. Theatre Works

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize winner, Drama, 2001

"A masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon." (Time)
"Flawless rendition....He gives each character color, personality, and heft, without ever vamping or straining for effect." (AudioFile)
"A complex, often startling picture of life in the region....[Jones'] narrative achieves crushing momentum through sheer accumulation of detail, unusual historical insight, and generous character writing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Jones has written a book of tremendous moral intricacy." (The New Yorker)

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    Nathan 08-01-05
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    "Atrocious Language"

    Dowlnoaded it, listened to the first five minutes, and turned it off, upset that I waisted money on something so highly rated with such filthy language. If you want "good" entertainment, this might not be the place to start.

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    Deborah 01-03-13
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    "Wonderful Play"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof (Dramatization) to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because this is a dramatization with great actors.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Engaged with all of them. Of course the two lead characters were my favorites compared to the self righteous sister.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked all of them. They all contributed to story and my engagement.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. One sitting would be great if doable, but I did over 4 or 5 sessions and enjoyed it thoroughly even with being in the middle of at least 10 other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this kind of dramatization. It was so good, looking for more like it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane VictoriaAustralia 06-04-09
    Jane VictoriaAustralia 06-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "briliant play"

    great play well performed

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    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-10-07
    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-10-07 Member Since 2002
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    Funny, poignient, heartbreaking and hopeful. Beautifully narrated!

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