The Lifespan of a Fact – Begins September 20th
Based on a true story, Daniel Radcliffe stars in a new play about a magazine fact checker assigned to a groundbreaking piece about a Las Vegas teenager who committed suicide, and finds most of the story to be fabricated.
The Lifespan of a Fact follows the controversy surrounding a John D’Agata’s essay about the suicide of a Las Vegas teen. Originally submitted to Harper’s, which pulled it from publication over fact-checking issues, D’Agata and his fact-checker Jim Fingal re-submitted the piece to The Believer magazine. The pair then co-wrote the 2012 book The Lifespan of a Fact about their debate over whether facts can be invented or changed in an essay.
Three-time Drama Desk nominee Daniel Radcliffe (Equus, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, The Cripple of Inishmaan) plays fact-checker Fingal. Cherry Jones, a two-time Tony winner for her work in The Heiress and Doubt plays Fingal’s boss and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale (Mauritius, The Big Knife) plays author D’Agata. Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs.