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‘Lifespan of a Fact’ play dates, times and cast


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. The Lifespan of a Fact is a thought-provoking exploration of truth, ethics, and the nature of writing itself.

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:  Anna Segreto

Stage Manager:  Ruth Hubing


  • John D’Agata:  Keith Gahagan
  • Emily Penrose:  Jennifer Mance
  • Jim Fingal:  Reuben Garcia

Play Dates and Times: Performances are January 19 through February 4:

  • 7:30 shows are January 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27 and February 2 & 3; and
  • 3:00 p.m. matinees are January 21 & 28 and February 4.

Tickets:  For tickets, please visit: The Lifespan of a Fact Tickets in Naples, FL, United States (

Running Time:  90 minutes

Location:  Joan Jenks Auditorium at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34116.

January 2, 2024.

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