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ISBN: 0571199976
EAN13: 9780571199976
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 5, 2001
Pages: 83
Dimensions: 0.3" H x 8" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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.

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   Creepy good
I am not big on award-winning fiction, but this grabbed me and wouldn 't let go. You have the daughter of a brilliant mathematician, who may be a brilliant mathematician herself, maybe more brilliant than Dad. Of course, there are issues, family issues, personal issues. I saw a performance and the ending still gnaws at me.
 
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   Prove It To Me.
The cast consists of only four characters and the plot moves in time from the present to the past and from dreams to reality. Robert's father, Catherine, was one of the most brilliant mathematicians ever to live. By the time he was 25, he had changed the mathematics world twice. He then became mentally sick and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Catherine drops out of school to take care of him. Catherine dies, but Robert inherited some of his gifts. Though she was forced to drop out of college, she is a mathematical genius herself. The only problem is that her boyfriend Robert and her elder sister, Claire, think that she has also inherited some of Hal's dementia. What begins seemingly as a play about mathematics and the effects of dementia ends up being a piece of theatrical genius about love and family.
 
5
   A Play Worth Reading
I saw this show at the Theatreworks in California in 2017 a fabulous production. As soon as it was over, I decided I wanted to see it again, so I bought the script and as I read it, I could see the wonderful actors who performed it again and again.
 
5
   Clean and Clear
Bought this script for a high school drama student to read, mark and review. It did the job well. Nice size, decent type of face, tight binding. Everything needed to read this modern play in its stage form. Basic professional script from the experts in producing scripts - Dramatists Pay Service, INC.
 
5
   "Proof"
When I was asked for a play for my drama class, my drama teacher gave me this play, for which I did not have much hope. Though it changed my mind quickly, as I read this wonderful story about two sisters dealing with a father's death. I love Love Proof!!! Sooo much danken to you Mr. Cherish Auburn!!!
 
5
   A Realistic Balance
Proof was a very enjoyable play to watch and reading it makes me remember how much I enjoyed watching it. It is funny, but often sad. It is a drama with a sense of humor.
 
5
   Proof for Pleasure
If you are into dry humor and enjoy some sarcastic wit, this is a book for you. Shortly w, the sweet and sour sauce will fit your taste buds to a T. Awesome read :
 
2
   If the writers at Fox Network did a play this would be it.
I can 't say that I was as enamored with this show as so many have been. In the end, it actually struck me as kind of cheesy. I won 't lie, when I saw it performed, the one twist in the show is really good, but I still felt like I was reading something that was made to appeal to 20-year-olds who are looking for something they want to think is deep. Just did not work for me, but I realize that I am in the minority on this one.
 
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   PROOF, the play
I have returned the book to the seller Penn Text in Willow grove, PA, and requested a full refund. The book was so marked that it was practically unusable.
 
4
   Great play, but cliched when it comes to depicting mental illness
I really liked this game ''. I particularly liked how they made a play about maths entertaining. It has enough math for someone who likes math to enjoy it, but it would also be very entertaining for someone who does not like math, because it focuses more on the relationship between the father and the daughter. I was disappointed, however, in how cliched the play shows mental illness. I was surprised that something won a Pulitzer with such unoriginal elements.
 
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