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 fact and fiction is about to begin — with undeniably delicious consequences.
The Lifespan of a Fact is based on the stirring true story of John D'Agata's essay "What Happens There," about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley. Fingal, assigned to fact-check the piece, ignited a seven-year debate on the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary nonfiction. The work has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell. Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman directs.