THE STORY: Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact-checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact-check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head-to-head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth.
“…terrifically funny dialogue… once the writer and the fact-checker get into a lively debate on the ethics of factual truth vs. the beauty of literary dishonesty, it’s time to really sit up and listen. …Their deadly serious but oh-so-funny ethical dispute is brilliantly argued… the debate at the heart of this play transcends comedy and demands serious attention.” —Variety. “…buoyantly literate… wholly resonant questions [are] wrestled with in this briskly entertaining play… you’ll find yourself happy to have your preconceptions disturbed and assumptions unsettled.” —Washington Post. “[THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT] moves with the ticking-clock urgency the situation demands, yet finds appropriate moments to breathe and let us ruminate on the personal, professional and moral issues at stake. …[an] ingenious adaptation of the sui generis book of the same name…” —Hollywood Reporter.