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
"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)
I had heard so much about this play over the years, and the play itself is as wonderful as people said it is. But I had trouble with Anne Heche's portrayal. Her shrill, strident voice really grated on me at times, as did the nasal, whiny qualities it sometimes had. It's obviously a personal preference, so listen to the audio sample first before you buy it.
I had the good fortune to see Anne Heche twice in the Broadway production of PROOF and was delighted to see that her excellent performance has been preserved on audio (Gwyneth Paltrow was picked for the movie version before anyone knew how good Heche would be). The supporting performances are equally satisfying in this intelligent, compelling and, dare I say it, moving play. More than most plays, this one works beautifully in the audio medium.
I am sad to say I only want to listen to this if I can skip over every line Anne Heche says or have it replaced with Kaitlin Hopkins.
The characters display manic depressive tendencies and the script really speaks to that, maintaining a certain urgency in keeping with the characters mental state.
Anne Heche: Grating, shrill, overblown. Kaitlin Hopkins: Authentic, natural, expressive.
Kaitlin Hopkins is extremely talented, as evidenced by her wonderful performance of The Heidi Chronicles, which is also available on Audible. I have admired Anne Heche on screen in the past, but listening to her on here was torturous. She seemed to be channeling the voice of Katherine Hepburn (badly) as a manic depressive. It was almost immediately apparent and annoying. I soldiered through, hoping it would improve and at least got brief respites when Ms. Hopkins appeared. Robert Foxworthy did a great job as the father. Jeremy Sisto was good, not a stand out, but it's not a meaty part.
Great story and nicely adapted for audio play. But Anne Heche?? An hour of that shrill, phoney voice was tortuous,
This play deserves the Pulitzer Prize. Saw in the theater and it was magical. Anne Heche is a little odd in her delivery.
Half does not mean that the text is abridged or anything. It's purely a comment on the performance. Robert Foxworth is quite good as the father, and Jeremy Sisto as the boyfriend is also good. But ye gods, Anne Heche is almost unbearable. She imparts this nasally shriek of a voice in almost every line, and I practically winced several times as she moved into dog whistle territory. I exaggerate but only a little.
But the story. What a beautiful story. This play is a modern classic. It is the story of a parent who is overbearing and a genius, and a daughter who feels she'll never measure up. I never saw this play but read it for an acting class and watched the film version (brilliantly acted by Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, and Jake Gyllenhall), and absolutely loved it. The story is extremely moving, as a father pushes his daughter and the daughter who though brilliant, feels unequal to his legacy. The boyfriend and the sister are the other characters who affect how we view the conflict in the play.
Still, as much as I love this play, and ordinarily I think Heche is an underrated performer, my only caveat to anyone thinking of getting this is to listen to a sample before you buy. Heche made this a tough one for me to get through. It is an important play and it tackles big ideas. Just be forewarned
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It can not be characterized an Audio-book it is more like a Play
Anne Heche for sure
This is more dramatically driven. Anne plays a person that is bother line between crazy and genius. She Rocks!
Yes for sure. it was trilling
Loved this one! A superior play, acted with great style and brio. One of the very best in the LA Theatreworks series. If you enjoy audio plays try this one!
D. Auburn writes a great play, and Anne Heche scores high on her interpretation of Catherine, the daughter of a brilliant mathematician. Her portrayal resonated with me more so than with Gwyneth Paltrow's. The rest of the cast hold their own very well in ensemble with Ms. Heche.
My favorite radio play to date.
What a fabulous play! The actors are wonderful and the story of the losses suffered by the father mathematition, the genius of his caretaker daughter, her doubting, controlling, and absent sister, and a suitor is clever, sharp, humorous, and oh so good!
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