The Lifespan of a Fact

Based on a true-ish story.
Nov 7 2019 to Dec 8 2019
by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Based on the book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
Regional Premiere

“Smart…rib-bustingly funny!” - The Wall Street Journal

The Lifespan of a Fact runs
Nov 7 through Dec 8
(no show on Thanksgiving)
Thursdays 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
Sundays 3:00

At a prestigious magazine publication, a determined, young employee is about to be given an opportunity. The demanding editor-in-chief is giving him a big assignment: she wants him to fact check a groundbreaking piece by an illustrious, albeit unorthodox author. As the deadline approaches and the lines between accuracy and artistic license blur, boundaries are crossed and the high-stakes world of publishing becomes personal in this brand new comedy of conflict.

Cast: 

John D'Agata - Chris Hury*
Emily Penrose - Dana Schultes*
Jim Fingal - Evan Michael Woods**

*Member, Actors Equity Association     **Equity Membership Candidate

Production Staff: 

Director - Marianne Galloway+
Production Stage Manager - Megan Beddingfield*
Assistant Director - Madison Calhoun
Set Design - Clare Floyd DeVries
Lighting Design - Bryan Stevenson
Costume Design - Hannah Martinez
Sound Design - Marco Salinas
Projection Design - Tristan Decker
Props/Set Decor - Lynn Lovett
Technical Director - Ziggy Renner
Shop Foreman - Karlee Perego
Master Electrician - John Traxler
Assistant Stage Manager - Flower Avila 
Assistant Costume Designer - Ryenne Bishop
Fight Choreography - Chris Hury

+Member, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
*Member, Actors Equity Association

About the Author: 

Jeremy Kareken is a playwright living in New York and Baltimore. His short plays HOT ROD, BIG TRAIN, and 80 CARDS have been performed around the country and internationally. He served as a speech writer and policy analyst for two presidential campaigns. His awards include the Sewanee Conference’s Dakin Fellowship for FARBLONDJET, and Guthrie/Playwrights Center’s Two-Headed Challenge for THE SWEET SWEET MOTHERHOOD. The Hamptons Film Festival Screenwriters Conference selected Kareken and David Murrell for their horror-comedy script about haunted breast implants—“THESE! Conquered the Earth!” In 2018, PlayPenn shortlisted Jeremy’s new political satire about an illiterate king, THE RED WOOL. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, and a graduate of the University of Chicago, he has taught at NYU, NYIT, the Actors Studio Drama School, and currently teaches at the Acting Studio—New York. A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Jeremy occasionally acts and for 18 years served as the researcher for Bravo TV’s “Inside the Actors Studio.”

David Murrell was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Chicago, currently lives in Queens, and has written a sea chest's worth of TV and film treatments and spec scripts. Access Theater (NYC) and the Cleveland Public Theatre each produced his play DUCTWORK and the Hamptons Film Festival Screenwriters Conference selected his and Jeremy Kareken’s feature screenplay about haunted breast implants, “THESE! Conquered the Earth.” In 2019, the Outer Critics Circle co-awarded David its John Gassner Playwriting Award for THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT.

Trained as a playwright at the Yale School of Drama, Gordon Farrell received an MFA in 1986 and went from there to work with major Hollywood studios, initially as a story analyst for Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures, and eventually as a screenwriter. He has written for hire and sold screenplays to Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, MGM, and ITC. He has worked with Robert Simonds, Neal Moritz, and Bruce Berman. Gordon's first independent screenplay, "Girls Who Smoke," premiered in 2011. It went on to be an official selection at over a dozen film festivals, ultimately winning the Audience Choice Award in Seattle at the Post Alley Film Festival. As a playwright, from 2009 to 2013, Gordon worked with dozens of women on New York's Lower East Side who wanted to tell their personal stories on stage. The series of monologue plays that grew out of it was called IN THE RED ROOM/EVERY WOMAN DANCES FOR SOMEONE. In May 2019 the fully dramatized version, GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS, played to SRO houses and rave reviews in Buffalo and is scheduled to transfer to New York City in 2020. His other plays have been produced in San Francisco, at the Alleyway Theatre, at the Yale School of Drama, and at Primary Stages in New York. He is the author of "The Power of the Playwright's Vision," published by Heinemann Press in 2001. It has been translated internationally and become a standard playwriting text at colleges and universities in North America, Europe, and Asia.