Comedy: 2m, 1f
Based on the book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
From the back cover:
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." --The 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." --The Hollywood Reporter