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The Lifespan of a Fact

Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
ISBN: 978-0-8222-4011-2
Full Length, Dramatic Comedy
2 men, 1 woman
Total Cast: 3, Flexible Set
FEE: $100 per performance.
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 transcendental essay about the suicide of a teenaged boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. And each has his own definition of the truth. When Jim is assigned to fact-check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head-to-head in a comedic yet gripping battle over the facts versus higher truth.
“…wholly resonant… [a] briskly entertaining play by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell…” —Washington Post. “…terrifically funny dialogue… the debate at the heart of this play transcends comedy and demands serious attention.” —Variety. “…the spry humor, rippling tension and provocative reflections of this ingenious adaptation of the sui generis book of the same name will by no means speak exclusively to those of us who make our livings as members of the fourth estate. …[an] invigoratingly taut [play] written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell… The exchanges have the vigorous back-and-forth zing of a sweaty squash match, not to mention a stinging relevance…” —Hollywood Reporter.