David Auburn 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.
David Auburn Translated by Richard Wilbur. Veteran journalist Joseph Alsop thrived in his role as the right-hand man for Washington¿s political elite, influencing both policy and public opinion with his inflammatory columns. But as the political certainties of the post-war era began to chip away in the late 1960s, so did Alsop¿s authority, both on the page and in his own life. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production featuring: Tara Lynne Barr, Wilson Bethel, John Getz, David Krumholtz, John Vickery, JoBeth Williams. Includes a panel discussion with Geoffrey Cowan, a professor at the University of Southern California¿s Annenberg School of Journalism, playwright David Auburn, and the New York Times¿ national political correspondent, Adam Nagourney. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.