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Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze

"Energetic, intimate, hilarious."
– Wired

"De Cari is an appealing performer . . . a kind of wide-eyed Alice-in-Numberland."
– The Boston Globe

"Her story is filled with moments of true hilarity, but crosses often and deftly into serious topics of gender inequality, gender bias, and expectations - society's and her own."
– ExperienceLA.com

Gioia de Cari Truth Values
  Photo by Silvana Ximena

"Energetic, intimate, hilarious" (Wired), 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. The play features writer/performer and "recovering mathematician" Gioia De Cari creating "refreshing delights of humor, even compassion" (EDGE Media), charmingly bringing to life more than 30 characters, "each rendered on an empty stage that hints at the countless stories similar to hers but untold" (TimeOut New York).

Truth Values premiered 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 Go-Solo Workshop. The play received its regional premiere at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA, where it sold out its run and was nominated for an IRNE award. Truth Values has continued to tour to more than 50 theaters, universities and performing arts centers throughout the United States, including sold-out shows at the La Jolla Playhouse Potiker Theatre, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, USCís Visions and Voices Arts and Humanities Series, The Barclay, The Lied Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC, San Francisco's Zeum Theatre and many others.

In academic settings, Truth Values has been embraced as a conversation catalyst about gender equity and diversity issues, particularly the continuing underrepresentation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has recently honored the production by providing funding for a companion educational program to the play. For more information about this educational program, please visit www.TruthValuesCommunity.com.

This solo show was developed in Matt Hovermanís New York solo show workshop, www.go-solo.org.

Photo by John Olson

Gioia De Cari

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The passionately eclectic Gioia De Cari is an actress, playwright, classical singer and "recovering mathematician." 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 United States and internationally.  

Gioia's first solo play, The 9th Envelope, which she wrote and performed, received a rave in OOBR: "De Cari commanded the stage with energy, poise and range." Her second solo, Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through MIT's Male Math Maze, an autobiographical story of her past life as a mathematician, has become a national hit. After receiving a Puffin Foundation grant, Truth Values premiered in the New York International Fringe Festival, winning a FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Best Solo Show and enthusiastic reviews: "[FOUR STARS] . . . De Cari . . . inhabits no fewer than 30 roles with gusto" (TimeOut New York); "Funny and insightful . . . replete with hilarious characters . . . The story is riveting . . . go see this show!" (CurtainUp). The play received its regional premiere on the mainstage of the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA, where it sold-out an extended run and was nominated for an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) award. Truth Values continues to be in demand for touring engagements at universities and performing arts centers throughout the United States.

Gioia has studied acting with legendary teacher 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. An accomplished singer as well, Gioia released her debut album, Quiet Songs, with her husband, classical guitarist John Olson, and they are currently working on their second album, Eve’s Diary. They have toured throughout the United States. Gioia is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild of America.

See clips of her film and commercial roles

Listen to samples of Quiet Songs

For further information about Gioia's music, visit olsondecariduo.com

Photo by tanziephoto.com

Unexpected Theatre

The mission of Unexpected Theatre is to illuminate the lives and amplify the voices of women in fresh and unexpected ways, to offer a forum for women to share their stories and explore their collective history.

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