New in 2018 Based on a true story, Daniel Radcliffe stars in a new play about a magazine fact checker assigned to a groundbreaking piece about a Las Vegas teenager who committed suicide, and finds most of the story to be fabricated.
From the producers: Jim Fingal has a small job: to fact check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Jim Fingal’s boss has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D’Agata. And now, Jim Fingal has a huge problem: John made up some of his article. Well, a lot of his article. OK, actually, maybe the majority of it? What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim Fingal ever just shut the fact up?
“The Lifespan of a Fact” follows the controversy surrounding a John D’Agata’s essay about the suicide of a Las Vegas teen. Originally submitted to Harper’s, which pulled it from publication over fact-checking issues, D’Agata and his fact-checker Jim Fingal re-submitted the piece to The Believer magazine. The pair then co-wrote a 2012 book “The Lifespan of a Fact” about their debate over whether facts can be invented or changed in an essay.
Three-time Drama Desk nominee Daniel Radcliffe ("Equus," "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," "The Cripple of Inishmaan") plays fact-checker Fingal. Cherry Jones, a two-time Tony winner for her work in "The Heiress" and "Doubt" plays Fingal’s boss and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale ("Mauritius," "The Motherfu**er with the Hat") plays author D’Agata. Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman ("Violet," "Soft Power") directs.