AUDITIONS 2/14/21 and 2/15/21 VIA ZOOM!!!!
Character breakdown for The Lifespan of a Fact:
Jim Fingal, male, but can also be reworked as female, any race or ethnicity, age 20-30 or can play 20s. Can also be female. A fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. He’s an intern with a confidence beyond his years (and perhaps beyond his reality) in his knowledge and sense of the clear black and white of facts in the world.
John D’Agata, male, but can also be reworked as female, any race or ethnicity, age is flexible. He’s a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. He is less worried about facts than the flow of his story and sure his audience will be, too.
Emily Penrose, female, any race or ethnicity, age flexible. She is the fair but tough-minded editor of the magazine, serving as the fulcrum of the argument. She sees publishing in the context of a deteriorating ecosystem of knowledge, with enormous political and societal implications, but she also wants and needs a transcendent story for the magazine.