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by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell

Based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal


Presented by Jarrott Productions

at Ground Floor Theatre



Janelle Buchanan

Will Gibson Douglas

Carlo Lorenzo Garcia



David R. Jarrott


THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT was originally produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Norman & Deanna Twain, Will Trice, Barbara H. Freitag, Suzanne Grant, Gold/Ross Productions, Jamie deRoy, Jennifer Manocherian, Barbara Manocherian, Page 3 ManGol Productions, Carl Moellenberg/Wendy Federman, Ken Greiner, Van Kaplan, Dominick LaRuffa Jr., Marc David Levine, WitzEndProductions, Eric Falkenstein/Moreland Mott, Caiola Productions, Remmel T. Dickinson, & Jayne Baron Sherman.




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THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT is played without an intermission; the running time is approximately 90-minutes. The use of cameras or recording devices of any kind is strictly prohibited. Please turn off cellphones and any electronic noise-making devices before the show begins.



The New York office of Emily Penrose. The workspace of Jim Fingal. The Las Vegas home of John D'Agata.



This play contains discussion of suicide and mental health. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or a mental health crisis, help is available. Resources and support can be found by calling the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



Violet Crown City Church; Street Corner Arts; Chrissy Sanders; James Christian Jarrott; Lisa & Patti at Ground Floor Theatre.



David R. Jarrott; Denise Hodgson; Mark A. Kiester; Stephanie Todd

The Cast (in order of appearance)

Creative Team

David R. Jarrott

Will Douglas

Associate Producer
Isabella Anastasia Leigh

Production Stage Manager
Patrick Anthony

Scene & Lighting Designer
Aaron Flynn

Costume Designer
Lowell Bartholomee

Video Designer
Craig Brock

Sound Designer
Cal Ussery

Technical Director
Rodd Simonsen

Audio Engineer
Randy Robinson

Laura DiCristofano

House Manager
Sam Domino, Natalie Garcia & Kelsey Mazak

Assistant House Managers
Natalie Garcia

Marketing Director
Kelsey Mazak

Covid Protocol Officer
Kavya Kalur

Production Intern

Meet the Company

Janelle Buchanan (Emily Penrose)
With Jarrott Productions: Baba Yaga, The Frog Prince; Ann/Peter, For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday; Helene, Significant Other; Patricia, The Herd. Other theatres/companies: Close to 100 productions, including Doubt; August: Osage County; Dividing the Estate; Steel Magnolias; Macbeth; Grapes of Wrath; The Laramie Project; Hamlet; Bleacher Bums; Love and Information; Much Ado About Nothing; Night of the Iguana; Vagina Monologues; A Delicate Balance; In the West; Dark of the Moon; Lysistrata. In addition, many film, industrial, voice and print credits.
Will Douglas (Jim Fingal)
Will is an Austin-based actor and director. For Jarrott Productions he last starred in Significant Other, for which he was nominated for B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics Table awards. Other acting credits include Click (The VORTEX), Great Expectations (Different Stages), The Vineyars (Heartland Theatre Collective), Yankee Tavern (Different Stages), The Book Club Play (Different Stages), The Tempest (The VORTEX) and 4,000 Miles (Different Stages). He is a company member at The VORTEX and serves as Jarrott Productions’ Associate Artistic Director.
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., 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 member 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. |
David R. Jarrott (Director/Producer)
David has been involved in making theatre for over 65 years, beginning with a cameo role at the San Antonio Little Theatre at age 10. He has appeared in theatres all over Texas, although most of his work has been on Austin stages. David has appeared in productions locally at ZACH Theatre, The Bijuberti Players, Austin Shakespeare, The Public Domain Theatre Company, Austin Playhouse, St. Edward’s University, the University of Texas, Center Stage, The Company and others. For nearly 40 years his day jobs were in radio and television as well as in advertising, where he won numerous local, state, national and international awards as a writer and producer. In 2011 he was elected by his peers to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
Will Douglas (Associate Producer)
See Above.
Isabella Anastasia Leigh (Production Stage Manager)
Isa is a director and stage manager from Madison, Wisconsin. Most recently she was the assistant stage manager for Bollywood Twelfth Night with Austin Shakespeare. Isa is thrilled to be working with Jarrott Productions and doing theatre again. To see more of her work, visit Much love to her kitties, Rosalind and Beatrice.
Patrick Anthony (Scene & Lighting Designer)
Patrick Anthony is a freelance lighting and scenic designer based in Austin, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Loyola University: New Orleans, and studied Scene Design at the Lir Academy of Trinity College Dublin. Patrick has worked in the Austin community since 2009, designing over 200 productions of theatre, musical theatre and dance. Frequent collaborators include Austin Shakespeare, Capital T Theatre, Present Company & The Vortex Repertory Company. He has also designed internationally at the Dublin Fringe Festival. Patrick is the recipient of the 2012, 2016 & 2021 B. Iden Payne award for Outstanding Lighting Design, as well as the 2016 & 2017 Austin Critics' Table Award for Lighting Design. He teaches Stagecraft in the Department of Theatre at Southwestern University.
Aaron Flynn (Costume Designer)
Aaron Flynn has been costuming for the theater community in Austin since 2016, and has worked before with Jarrott Productions on 2019’s production of Admissions. Other notable works include Rude Mechs Not Every Mountain, the Hidden Room’s The Rover, and Frank Wo/Men’s Rub A Duck. After Lifespan of a Fact, Aaron will be back at Ground Floor Theater for Penfold’s production of Amadeus, grateful for theater’s return after the ghost light’s two year residency of our stages.
Lowell Bartholomee (Video Designer)
Lowell Bartholomee is an artistic company member of Rude Mechs and Hyde Park Theatre and a playwright member of Scriptworks. His video work includes Single Black Female (Ground Floor), Some Humans Were Harmed… (Enroute), The Christians (Hyde Park), Frankenstein (Different Stages), I Am White (Salvage Vanguard), and has been honored with the Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Outstanding Video Design Awards.
Craig Brock (Sound Designer)
Craig has been involved in professional audio since 1989. With Jarrott Productions: The Frog Prince; The Speaker Speaks; The Niceties; Admissions; The Children; For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday; Significant Other; Seminar; The Father; Prodigal Son; The Herd; The Price; Freud’s Last Session. With ZACH Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Into the Woods; A Nigh With Janis Joplin; Immortal Longings; Matilda; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Sunday In the Park with George.
Cal Ussery (Technical Director)
Cal Ussery is a designer, electrician, and carpenter. He is recently returned to Austin after finishing school at Illinois Wesleyan University. Most recently he has worked with Austin Shakespeare, ZACH, and Rude Mechanicals.
Rodd Simonsen (Audio Engineer)
Rodd Simonsen is joining Jarrott Productions for his first show. He works full-time as a Audio Visual Design Consultant. His experience includes sound consulting and design for film and theatre, video design for theater, and live streaming video production. Simonsen enjoys working with educational programs, including many area programs ranging from middle schools to university. He has worked with many community theaters including ZACH Theatre, Zilker Theater Productions, and Summer Stock Austin. Off the stage and screen, he enjoys music, cooking, cycling and keeping up with the latest technology.
Randy Robinson (Videographer)
Randy Robinson is the owner of Randy Robinson Films, LLC where he specializes in live streaming and recording live events. He was born and raised in Austin, Texas and received his B.A. in Mass Communications at Texas State University. He and his wife, Jordan, celebrate nine years of marriage in March, and have three wonderful children.

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