THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT

By Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell.

Based on a true story of John D’Agata’s essay “What Happens There,”

Directed by DAVID R. JARROTT

March 10 thru 19th, 2022

at GROUND FLOOR THEATRE

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WHAT THE CRITICS SAID…ABOUT LIFESPAN

 

"This Austin premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact marks Jarrott Productions' welcome return to live onstage performance after the debilitation of the Covid pandemic... Any stage actor would love this play. The atmosphere, the geometry of the set, and the video-projected backgrounds…a play that speaks volumes with its silence... As the action progresses in exquisite slow rhythms, edges soften and barriers melt. Director David R. Jarrott knows to a fare-thee-well the play’s requirements for pacing and adroitly instills them...The Lifespan of a Fact must be seen by anyone with a heart and a mind...Perfect."

--David Glen Robinson/Central Texas Live Theatre

"Director David Jarrott has done a masterful job…His deep understanding of the characters shows in his performers every moment. Stage veteran Janelle Buchanan is perfectly cast…her presence demands attention and Buchanan delivers. As the young fact checker, Will Douglas gives a spectacular performance with his engaging presence... Rounding out the trio of performers is Carlo Garcia…quite simply magnetic on stage. The trio play perfectly off of each other in a master class of acting talent. 

The production qualities showcase Jarrott Productions attention to detail and do it proud. From Patrick Anthony's stunning lighting design to his fantastic set design, everything is a feast for the eyes. Lowell Bartholomee visual design is flat out the best I've seen in town. Watching the sun rise over Nevada and the rain on the windows in New York brought tears to my eyes."

--Lynn Beaver/BroadwayWorld Austin

"There's a vicarious thrill watching a very strong team of seasoned professionals in their various fields collaborate on one focused goal. The provocative work The Lifespan of a Fact is seamless, drawing together award-winning designers and actors for a night of rare chemistry… David Jarrott has 67 years of performance in various mediums and capacities, and it shows. He demonstrates his sure hands by producing and directing this fine effort. Master actors Carlo Lorenzo Garcia and Janelle Buchanan weave a story so taut yet filled with good humor. They perform with precision and deft nuance. William Gibson Douglas provides solid color and dynamics as the earnest young intern assigned to his first big story. Jarrott assembled a pitch perfect production team for this Broadway hit play."

--Rick Perkins/Central Texas Live Theatre

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CAST
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JANELLE BUCHANAN (Emily Penrose) With Jarrott Productions: The Frog Prince, The Herd, For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, & Significant Other. Other theatres and companies: Over 80 productions, including Doubt, August: Osage County, Dividing the Estate, Steel Magnolias, The Grapes of Wrath, A Delicate Balance, The Laramie Project, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Present Laughter, Love and Information, Ah! Wilderness and Bleacher Bums, to list a few. In addition, Janelle has many film, industrial and print credits.

 

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WILL GIBSON DOUGLAS (Jim Fingal) Will is an Austin-based actor and director who has lived in the city since 2010. His relationship with Jarrott Productions started in 2018, when he starred as Jordan in their production of Joshua Harmon's Significant Other, for which he was nominated for B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics Table awards. He has worked on numerous other Jarrott Productions shows since, first as a production assistant and then as House Manager/Volunteer Coordinator and is a company member. He is also a company member at The VORTEX, where he most recently directed the "Cyclops" segment of The VORTEX Odyssey and has appeared in Click (Chaz) and The Tempest (Stephano). He frequently appears in Different Stages productions such as The Book Club Play, Great Expectations, Yankee Tavern, 4000 Miles, and Dracula. Other acting credits include: Ground Floor Theatre's world premiere of Dex & Abby, Heartland Theatre Collective's The Vineyard, Capital T Theatre's DNA and many more. In his free time he enjoys taking care of other people's pets and is the proud co-owner of two terriers, Bandito and Daisy.

 

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CARLO LORENZO GARCIA (John D'Agata) Carlo Lorenzo Garcia is an actor/director/writer/designer. His previous work with Jarrott Productions includes A Portrait of My Mother, nominated for 5 B. Iden Payne Awards and winner of Outstanding Lead Performer - Digital Live. He also directed The Children, nominated for 2 B. Iden Payne Awards. Most recently, he wrote and performed in Strange, But Perfect with Street Corner Arts. Other acting credits include work with Goodman Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., Strawdog Theatre Company, Shrewd Productions, Walkabout Theater Company at Lookingglass, Vineyard Arts Project and more. Film work includes Empire, Chicago P.D., and more. Carlo is a company of Jarrott Productions, Street Corner Arts, and an artistic associate with Teatro Vista. He would like to thank his partner, Natalie for inspiring him everyday and he dedicates this performance to the memory of Lindsey Pearlman. | www.carlogarcia.com

 

CREATIVE TEAM

DIRECTOR

David R. Jarrott

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Will Douglas

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Isabella Leigh

SOUND DESIGNER

Craig Brock

COSTUME DESIGNER

Aaron Flynn

LIGHTING & SCENIC DESIGNER

Patrick Anthony​

VIDEO DESIGNER
Lowell Bartholomee

AUDIO ENGINEER

Rodd Simonsen

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Cal Ussery

VIDEOGRAPHER

Randy Robinson

MARKETING
Natalie D. Garcia

PRODUCTION INTERN

Kavya Kalur