The Lifespan of a Fact

DC Premiere

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THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, & Gordon Farrell
Helen Hayes Awards Recommended
January 28 - February 25, 2023
Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Susan Marie Rhea
DC Premiere

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.

Special Events
Audience Talkback: Meet the Artists

February 5, 2023 | Following the performance
Free and open to all patrons

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT Young Professionals Happy Hour

February 10, 2023 | Happy Hour @ 7:00 pm, Show @ 8:00 pm
Discounted tickets are $40 and include 1 pre-show drink, exclusive access to our upstairs lounge, and a seat for the evening’s performance

Audience Talkback with Bob Levey

Prize-winning journalist who has covered the Washington scene since the Johnson administration
February 12, 2023 | Following the performance
Free and open to all patrons

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT Club Keegan at Botanical Bar

Join us at Botanical Bar (1633 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036)
March 3, 2023 | 6:00 pm
$25 event ticket includes drink and appetizer (show ticket sold separately)


Broadway World Review

“THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT is a play that will make you think about the meaning of writing with integrity when it is so intricately connected to the fragility of human life.”

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DC Theater Arts Review

“Under Susan Marie Rhea’s direction, the actors maintain a high level of energy throughout, and the cast’s timing does justice to the script’s many witty lines, particularly in the exchanges between D’Agata and Fingal.”

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Washington City Paper Review

“Director Susan Marie Rhea deftly handles the transition from workplace farce, complete with one liners and slapstick, to the ethics of telling the truth…”

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DCist Review

“As a journalist, it’s hard not to have a vested interest in the outcome of The Lifespan of a Fact … Lifespan (incredibly based on a true story) has interesting things to say about which details are most important…”

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Colin Smith
John D’Agata
Colin Smith
Sheri S. Herren
Emily Penrose
Sheri S. Herren
Iván Carlo
Jim Fingal
Iván Carlo
Jared H. Graham
Jim Fingal Understudy
Jared H. Graham
Production Team
Susan Marie Rhea
Stage Manager
Gabrielle Busch
Projections Designer
Jeremy Bennett
Resident Scenic Designer / Lead Carpenter
Matthew J. Keenan
Properties / Set Dressing Designer
Cindy Landrum Jacobs
Lighting Designer
Venus Gulbranson
Sound Designer
Brandon Cook
Costume Designer
Shadia Hafiz
Fight Choreographer
Ryan Sellers