Encore Michigan

Theatre NOVA set to do “Lifespan of a Fact.”

Show Announcement August 25, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI–Jim Fingal had one job: to fact-check renowned essayist John D’Agata’s piece for the high-profile magazine where he interns. But the more Jim digs, the more “alternative facts” he discovers in the article. Soon he finds himself in an all-out battle of truth versus fiction with the famous author.

The play runs Sept. 17 to October 6.

You can purchase tickets here.


Based on the true story of D’Agata’s essay “What Happens There,” The Lifespan of a Fact is a hilarious examination of how sometimes cold hard facts do not necessarily lead to the truth. Directed by Carla Milarch. Featuring Andrew Huff, Justin Montgomery, and Diane Hill.

“…terrifically funny dialogue…once the writer and the fact-checker get into a lively debate on the ethics of factual truth vs. the beauty of literary dishonesty, it’s time to really sit up and listen…Their deadly serious but oh-so-funny ethical dispute is brilliantly argued…the debate at the heart of this play transcends comedy and demands serious attention.” – Variety.

“…buoyantly literate…wholly resonant questions [are] wrestled with in this briskly entertaining play…you’ll find yourself happy to have your preconceptions disturbed and assumptions unsettled.” —Washington Post

“[THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT] moves with the ticking-clock urgency the situation demands, yet finds appropriate moments to breathe and let us ruminate on the personal, professional and moral issues at stake…[an] ingenious adaptation of the sui generis book of the same name…” —Hollywood Reporte

Week of 11/29/2021

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