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A Holiday Gift for You

In looking back over 2011, we are tremendously grateful for your interest in and support of our work. As a thank you, we would like to share with you a song appropriate to the season, our recording of "O Jesulein süss" by J. S Bach from our Quiet Songs CD. Click here to listen to or download the recording.

Read on for some of the highlights of our year.

Truth Values Does the Math

Just for those of you who are into math (and you know who you are), what better way to sum up the year for Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze than with some numbers? Given the continuing popularity of the show, it occurred to us recently to compile some stats on it; these are our best estimates.

There have been 62 performances of the show to date. In 2011, the rate of sold-out shows was over 70%, including extraordinary sold-out shows at the La Jolla Playhouse Potiker Theatre and in New York City at Theatre 80 at the All For One Theatre Festival. Some 8,500 people have attended the show to date, and with our most extensive touring schedule ever coming up this winter and spring, this number will likely soon top 10,000.

A sneak peak at the winter tour schedule is as follows:

February 2 – Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond, Keene State College, Keene, NH
February 4 – Williams College '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown, MA
February 6 – Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
February 8 – University at Albany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY
March 15 – Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Ticketing details and the spring schedule will be announced shortly. Enormous thanks to everyone who has made an effort to get the word out about the show, creating this incredible response all over the country. For more information, visit unexpectedtheatre.org.

Science, Music, and Science/Music

We performed a program of music from our Science/Music Project this year at Festival 21 in Boston, including the world premiere of Frank Wallace's song cycle Men, Women and Molecules, based on the poetry of chemistry Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann. We will perform the same program on January 8 on the Entertaining Science series at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. Entertaining Science is an innovative science salon that pairs scientific talks with performance. The January 8 event will be highly unusual, with one person participating in both the science and the music – namely John, who will both perform music on classical guitar (with Gioia singing) and give a talk about his area of scientific expertise, gene silencing by RNA interference. For more information, visit the Cornelia Street Cafe website.

Warmest wishes to you and all your loved ones for this holiday season and for a great 2012.

– John and Gioia