Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale will star in the Broadway debut of The Lifespan of A Fact, based off of the 2012 non-fiction novel of the same name.
The book was written by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal, about their own real-life experiences investigating the suicide of a teenage boy in Las Vegas. D'Agata (who will be played by Cannavale) had submitted an essay he'd written about the death to Harper's magazine, titled "What Happens There." Fingal (played by Radcliffe), a recent Harvard grad, had been assigned by his boss (Cherry Jones) to fact-check the piece, and when his efforts over the next seven years revealed many inaccuracies, Harper's pulled the story down.
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Fingal and D'Agata went on to write and publish a book about their experience deciphering fact from fiction, including the original "What Happens There" with Fingal's line edits and the two's subsequent correspondence. The novel was chosen as the Best Book of the Year by The Huffington Post and a Top 10 Most Crucial Book of the Year by Slate, as well as being named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review.
The Broadway adaptation will be written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, Broadway newcomers, and directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman. It opens October 18.