Now in its final weeks of a strictly limited 16-week Broadway engagement, The Lifespan of a Fact has recouped its production costs this month. To mark the occasion, producers have revealed plans for a West End production and a national tour; further details have not yet been announced.
The production opened October 18 at Studio 54 and will play its final performance January 13, 2019.
The show is the second production of the 2018–2019 season to announce its recoupment—after The Boys in the Band—though productions from previous seasons have recouped in recent months (such as the Tony-winning The Band’s Visit).
The play, directed by Leigh Silverman, stars Daniel Radcliffe (Privacy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Harry Potter films), Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie, Doubt), and Bobby Cannavale (The Motherf*cker With the Hat, The Hairy Ape). Based on the book by essayist John D’Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal, the play is written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell.
Based on the story of D’Agata’s essay “What Happens There” and the fact-checking process conducted by Fingal, the new American play examines—with biting wit—the debate about truth in literary nonfiction.
The production features scenic design by Tony winner Mimi Lien, costume design by Tony winner Linda Cho, lighting design by Jen Schriever, original music and sound design by Palmer Hefferan, and projection design by Lucy Mackinnon.
The Lifespan of a Fact is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Norman and Deanna Twain, Will Trice, Barbara H. Freitag, Suzanne Grant, Gold/Ross Productions, Jamie deRoy, Jennifer Manocherian, Barbara Manocherian, ManGol Productions, Carl Moellenberg/Wendy Federman, Ken Greiner, Van Kaplan, Dominick LaRuffa Jr., Marc David Levine, WitzEnd Productions, Eric Falkenstein/Brian Moreland, Caiola Productions, Remmel T. Dickinson, Jayne Baron Sherman, and Jacob Soroken Porter.