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About The Lifespan of a Fact

The determined young fact checker (Daniel Radcliffe) is about to stir up trouble. The demanding editor (Cherry Jones) has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by the unorthodox author (Bobby Cannavale).

Together, they take on the high-stakes world of publishing in this new comedy of conflict. The ultimate showdown between truth and fiction is about to begin – with undeniably delicious consequences.

Run time

1hr 25min (no intermission)

Start date

September 20th, 2018

End date

January 13th, 2019


The Lifespan of a Fact cast and creative team

By: Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, based on the Essay/Book by John D’Agata & Jim Fingal
Director: Leigh Silverman
Producer: Jeffrey Richards, Norman and Deanna Twain, Will Trice, Barbara Freitag, Eric Falkenstein, Carl Moellenberg/Wendy Federman, Ken Greiner, Van Kaplan, and Caiola Productions
Cast list: Daniel Radcliffe (as Jim Fingal), Cherry Jones (as Emily Penrose) and Bobby Cannavale (as John d'Agata)
Design: Mimi Lien
Lighting: Jen Schriever
Costume: Linda Cho
Sound: Palmer Hefferan
Other info: Projection
Design: by Lucy Mackinnon


254 West 54th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY, USA, 10019


Wheelchair access, assisted listening, ASL

More information about The Lifespan of a Fact

“The Lifespan of a Fact” by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell is based on a “true-ish” story. Author John D’Agata originally submitted his essay about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley, titled “What Happens There,” to Harper’s Magazine — but it was dismissed for factual inaccuracies. So when D’Agata’s groundbreaking piece gets its shot at The Believer, recent Harvard graduate Jim Fingal, the intern, has been assigned to fact check it... only to discover that there aren’t many facts to be found.

In the new play, based on the book of the same name and the real-life controversy, Fingal takes a close eye to the work and goes back and forth with the writer over the course of several years to uncover what is fact and what is fiction. Leigh Silverman directs the world premiere of “The Lifespan of a Fact,” which stars Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale.

Recommended for 12+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in theatre.

What to watch for

Following starring turns in “Equus,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” Daniel Radcliffe will originate his first role on Broadway in “The Lifespan of a Fact.”

The real-life assignment for Jim Fingal to fact check John D’Agata’s essay took seven years.

D’Agata’s essay stems from the 2002 suicide of Levi Presley, who killed himself by jumping off of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas.

The fact-checked essay was finally published in January 2010 in The Believer.


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