The Lifespan of a Fact

by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Directed by Meredith McDonough

Celebrated author John D’Agata has just written a sublime and shattering magazine essay. But is the story true? When the world’s most neurotically precise fact-checker starts dissecting the author’s work, it begins to split at the seams. As the final deadline looms, hard facts square off against emotional truths in a funny and searing high-stakes showdown.

Running Time: 85 minutes, performed with no intermission.

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Griffin Osborne and Brian Slaten. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Griffin Osborne. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Griffin Osborne, Brian Slaten and Perri Gaffney. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Griffin Osborne. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Griffin Osborne and Perri Gaffney. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Brian Slaten and Perri Gaffney. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Griffin Osborne and Brian Slaten. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Brian Slaten and Perri Gaffney. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Perri Gaffney. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Brian Slaten, Perri Gaffney and Griffin Osborne. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

Cast & Creative Staff

CAST:

Brian Slaten (John D'Agata)
Griffin Osborne (Jim Fingal)
Perri Gaffney (Emily Penrose)

CREATIVE STAFF:

Director: Meredith McDonough
Scenic Designer: Arnel V. Sancianco
Costume Designer: Kathleen Geldard
Lighting Designer: Paul Toben
Sound Designer: Christian Frederickson
Projection Designer: Jerran Kowalski

Age Recommendations

The Lifespan of a Fact is recommended for adults and teenage audiences. The show contains adult language and intellectual discussions about weighty issues including suicide.

Enhance Your Experience

• Read our Play Guide for The Lifespan of a Fact, featuring a breakdown of the characters, story and the history of the play's development.

• View our resource list for The Lifespan of a Fact, featuring relevant books, movies and other media hand-selected by the St. Louis County Library!

• Take part in Saint Louis Art Museum tours that tie in with the themes of the show, happening October 19, 26 and 27 at 2 p.m.