The science of genetics explains how you inherit eye color, the shape of your hairline, or even the ability to roll your tongue. But can a parent pass along a trait for genius that’s paired with mental illness?

An enigmatic young woman, a manipulative sister, and their brilliant father. An unexpected suitor and one life-altering question. The search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof is the perplexing problem in David Auburn’s dynamic play. Winner of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play and the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Proof stars Anne Heche as Catherine, Jeremy Sisto as Hal, Robert Foxworth as Robert, and Kaitlin Hopkins as Claire. Stage manager and live sound effects, GiGi Garcia. Associate Recording Engineer, Mark Holden. Recording engineer and mixer, David Kelley for VoiceBox Studios. Our director is Jenny Sullivan.

Listen to our conversation with Steven Strogatz, a professor at the Cornell University School of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics.


Listen to our conversation 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.