The Lifespan of a Fact

by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Presented Virtually September 2020 - Details

Wisconsin Premiere

Directed by Joe Hanreddy

Celebrated author John D’Agata has just written a sublime and shattering magazine essay. But is his story true? And how negotiable are the facts? When the world’s most neurotically precise fact-checker appears on the author’s Las Vegas doorstep and starts dissecting his work, the ultimate showdown between “truth” and “accuracy” begins. As the deadline looms, the high-stakes world of publishing becomes a battle royale in this brand new comedy of conflict. Timely and terrific, this brainy Broadway hit wrestles with truth, what constitutes it, and who gets to decide.

Overture Closed Through November: Lifespan Update
We’ve created a plan to work around the temporary closing of Overture and still bring you all the productions scheduled for our 2020-21 season. First and foremost, we remain committed to paying full artist contracts for each production, despite changes to our season. If you are one of our more than 2,300 subscribers, you are the reason we can do this. Thank you for your confidence and support.

The Lifespan of a Fact will be rehearsed remotely, performed and recorded on Zoom (or a similar platform), then shared with ticketholders online in September during its originally-scheduled timeframe. Overture’s closing wasn’t the only factor in this choice. Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), the national union of professional actors and stage managers, is not currently allowing any of their members to rehearse shows in person. Experts throughout our field are working out protocols to keep theater artists safe in a rehearsal room and onstage, but we do not yet know how long that process will take.

We share AEA’s commitment to safety, so are glad we have the option to present this particular play remotely. With a stellar three-person cast, a brilliant director at the helm, and our full design team working their magic, we have every confidence that The Lifespan of a Fact will remain a robust and entertaining experience for you. And fear not – we’ll be offering lots of live online talkbacks so you won’t miss out on that essential part of your Forward experience!

"...a rib-bustingly funny farce in which things go from very bad to far worse in nothing flat.”
– The Wall Street Journal

Sponsored by: Steve & Jacqui Suleski, DeWitt, The Cap Times, Idea Fest

The Playhouse at Overture Center
201 State Street, Madison, WI