poster for Truth ValuesNONBINARY ALGORITHMS & SEXISM COLLIDE ON STAGE

The University at Albany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences and in conjunction with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is pleased to present Gioia De Cari in a performance of Truth Values: One Woman’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:30pm.

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, the 75-minute solo show is a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting true-life tale of the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominated field. De Cari, a former Ph.D. student in Math at M.I.T. and now a writer, performer and “recovering mathematician,” brings to life more than 30 characters in a hilarious and deeply touching performance that follows a young woman’s search for identity as she leaves the feminist enclave of Berkeley, California to earn her Ph.D. in logic from the nation’s premier math and science institute. To her astonishment, unexpected obstacles quickly emerge: misogynist professors suggest she stay home and have babies, geeky grad students stalk her and a seminar teacher relegates her to cookie duty. She fights back with humor, ingenuity and a series of increasingly outrageous “fashion experiments.”

Truth Values premiered in August 2009 at the New York International Fringe Festival, winning a FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award.  In September 2009, Truth Values received its regional premiere on the mainstage of the Central Square Theater in Cambridge where it was a smash hit, sold out an extended run and was nominated for an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award. The show 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, Northeastern University, The Kitchen Theatre, Virginia Tech, Penn State, University of Arizona, University of Washington and the La Jolla Playhouse.  The UAlbany performance is part of a Northeast tour which also includes performances at Keene State College, Williams College and Mount Holyoke College.

"De Cari is an appealing and nimble-witted performer, showcasing her versatility... chronicling her own journey toward self-knowledge as a kind of wide-eyed Alice-in-Numberland,” according to the Boston Globe.  “The story is riveting . . . she can make a reading of her math thesis compelling!" claimed Curtain Up while the Los Angeles Times recommended, “If you see only one play this year about reflexive nonbinary relations, make it this one."

As well as an actor and playwright, De Cari is a classical singer.  She began her performance career in experimental opera while a teaching fellow in mathematical logic at Harvard. Since then, she has played numerous leading acting roles in theater, commercials and films including the multi-award-winning film Lower East Side Stories which screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Slamdance and many festivals in the U.S. and internationally. Her first solo play was The 9th Envelope which she wrote and performed.  De Cari has studied acting with the legendary teacher and solo show director Wynn Handman and playwriting with the late Milan Stitt of Carnegie Mellon. After graduating summa cum laude from UC Berkeley, she earned a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She released her debut album, Quiet Songs, with classical guitarist and husband John Olson in 2006. The two have also toured throughout the U.S. as the Olson/De Cari Duo.

The show is directed by Miriam Eusebio, an award-winning director, playwright and teacher.  Her work on classic theater has been lauded by critics, garnering her two OOBR Awards for Excellence: Pericles (Expanded Arts) and Taming of the Shrew (New Perspectives). Other classic work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Perspectives) and Oedipus at Colonus (Brooklyn College). Previous work includes The Hard Way by Gino DiIorio (New Jersey Rep), Where Have You Been by Fiona Jones (Manhattan Theater Source), Schadenfreude! The Asshole Differential Explained by Moira Cutler (Dixon Place, Wow Cafe Theater), Mrs. Miller by Andrea Cirie and Joseph Collins (Sounding Theater), Private Eyes by Steven Dietz (Brooklyn College), The 9th Envelope by Gioia De Cari (Dumbo Theater Exchange) and Take Care of Yourself by Diana Fithian (Estrogenius).

Tickets for the performance are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff and $10 for students.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

There will also be a special morning matinee performance of Truth Values for high school groups on Thursday, February 9 at 10am.   This show is currently sold out.  Information on the matinee is available by calling the Performing Arts Center office at (518) 442-5738.

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