Are women inherently inferior to men in math and science, as Lawrence Summers, then President of Harvard, suggested several years ago? Writer/performer and recovering mathematician, Gioia De Cari offers a woman's perspective on this question in Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze, an autobiographical solo show coming to Cambridge's Central Square Theater in a limited engagement this fall. Presented by Underground Railway Theater Truth Values is directed by Miriam Eusebio.
Selected performances will be followed by conversations with artists and scientists from MIT and Harvard.
In Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Math Maze, Gioia De Cari shares her experiences in the exotic boys club of higher mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While making the most of the comic absurdity of being pawed by nerds, being asked to serve cookies at a seminar, and retaliating with fashion experiments, Truth Values is also a serious exploration of the world of elite mathematics and the role of women in science.
Truth Values will be featured in the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2009. Gioia's first solo play, The 9th Envelope, which she wrote and performed, received a rave in the Off-Off-Broadway Review: "Dazzling performance . . . Captivating." Truth Values, her second solo, recently garnered a Puffin Foundation grant. Development of the show has been in good hands, having originated with the legendary coach Wynn Handman, who discovered and coached John Leguizamo and many other stellar monologuists, as well as solo show expert Matt Hoverman, a Drama Desk nominee, and a collaborator on the award winning solo show, "Bridezilla Strikes Back.". Director Miriam Eusebio, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, has won two OOBR awards for excellence.