The UW Mathematics Department is pleased to present a special engagement of
Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze.
December 1, 2, and 3, 2011
UW's Ethnic Cultural Theatre
3940 Brooklyn Ave NE
Created as a response to former Harvard President Lawrence Summers' now infamous suggestion that women are less represented than men in the sciences because of innate gender differences, Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze is a true-life tale that offers a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting look at the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominated field. Performed barefoot on a bare stage with only a chair and small table, writer/performer and "recovering mathematician" Gioia De Cari brings to life more than 30 characters in a hilarious and deeply touching performance that has earned raves from critics and stirred audiences to standing ovations.
Truth Values premiered in August 2009 at the New York International Fringe Festival, winning a FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Best Solo Show. Development of the play included extensive work both in the studio of the celebrated solo show director and acting coach Wynn Handman, and in Matt Hoverman's Create Your Own Solo Show Workshop. The show was then selected for workshop presentations in NYC at the Six Figures Theatre Company's Artists of Tomorrow Festival and the Emerging Artists One Woman Standing Festival, which led to the award of a Puffin Foundation Grant. Subsequently, Gioia won a spot in the Emerging Artist Residency Program of The Field, where she had the opportunity to culminate direction and development of the show for its premiere at FringeNYC with longtime collaborator director Miriam Eusebio of Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
In September 2009, Truth Values received its regional premiere on the mainstage of the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA, where it was a smash hit, sold out an extended run, and was nominated for an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award. Truth Values has continued to tour to enthusiastic and sold out crowds at theaters, universities and performing arts centers throughout the United States, including the Zeum Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, Lenfest Center for the Arts, and the La Jolla Playhouse Potiker Theatre.
**** [FOUR STARS] De Cari is animated onstage, and inhabits no fewer than 30 roles with gusto. She bounds from moments of depression to those of elation and triumph, each rendered on an empty stage that hints at the countless stories similar to hers but untold.
- TimeOut New York
Funny and insightful one-woman show . . . replete with hilarious characters . . . The story is riveting . . . she can make a reading of her math thesis compelling! Kudos to Gioia, and go see this show!
- Curtain Up
Every bit as funny and serious and entertaining as I hoped...sharp and funny...like the best monologists, De Cari balances the deeper story arc with a steady stream of funny bits.
This wonderful show . . . intimate, challenging, and playful . . . is full of humor, sadness, anger, intellectual stultification, and intellectual ecstasy. She charmingly morphs from individual-to-individual and gender-to-gender with seamless grace and ease. She shocks with her big and beautiful voice when it's least expected and crawls, capers, and strides about the stage with force and meaningful élan.
- Open Media Boston
If you see only one play this year about reflexive nonbinary relations, make it this one.
- Los Angeles Times