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‘Lifespan of a Fact’ play dates, times and ticket information


Play:  Lifespan of a Fact

Playwrights: Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell

Genre:  Comedy

Synopsis: Based on the true story of D’Agata’s essay “What Happens There,” The Lifespan of a Fact is centered on a fact-checker by the name of Jim Fingal, a recent Harvard grad who majored in English. He works for one of the best magazines in the country, but whose readership is declining. Fingal’s boss has given him a big assignment: to apply his skill to a groundbreaking essay written by legendary author John D’Agata. But Fingal quickly discovers that D’Agata made up a lot of the “facts” contained in his article. What starts out professional quickly becomes profane – as D’Agata and Fingal struggle to navigate the boundaries of literary nonfiction and the importance of truth in journalism.

Historical Note:  The eponymous book was adapted into a Broadway play in 2018 starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale. The Players Circle production marks the play’s Florida premiere.

Director:  Robert Cacioppo


  • Paul Graffy – John D’Agata
  • Carrie Lund – Emily Penrose
  • Steven Coe – Jim Fingal

Play Dates and Times:

  • Wednesday and Thursday, October 27 & 28 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, November 3 & 4 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, November 10 & 11 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets:  $50. Please call the box office at 239-800-3292 Monday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or visit

Running Time:  90 minutes

Location:  Players Circle Theatre at the Shell Factory, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers, FL  33903.

October 4, 2021.

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