Proof

  • by David Auburn
  • Narrated by Anne Heche, Jeremy Sisto, full cast
  • 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Performance

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.

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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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Excellent adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize play

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.
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- Robert

Had a bit of trouble with Anne Heche's voice

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.
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- Jody

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-29-2004
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works