Von Jeremy Kareken & David Murrel und Gordon Farrell
After a teenager jumps from a skyscraper, renowned author John D'Agata seizes on the news and writes an essay for a magazine. Before the article goes to print, editor Emily Penrose hires young fact-checker Jim Fingal to fact-check it. Jim is ambitious for the job: he checks not only eyewitness accounts, but also weather, traffic and other details relating to the day and circumstances of the suicide. He finds that many of the author's descriptions are inaccurate. D'Agata openly disparages Jim and his extensive research. Emily tries to mediate. The press release for the prestigious article in her magazine can't wait! When Jim personally visits the author at his home, the fact-check turns into a heated discussion about artistic freedom.
The play subtly questions our delicate relationship with reality, with "non-fiction" and, beyond that, with the telling of reality. What is a fact, and when can it be interpreted? When and how are facts objectively important, and how can they be counterbalanced by artistic freedom? A Swiss premiere, the show deals with burning issues of the day, where the viewpoints of different generations intersect.