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Fake (2009)

Fake is an American play written and directed by Eric Simonson, performed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company at Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (Chicago, USA) from 10 september to 8 november 2009, starring Francis Guinan as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 2 hours 10 minutes (including a 15-min. intermission)

In 1914, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invites four guests to his English country home. Each visitor has a connection to the infamous "Piltdown Man," purported to be the missing link between ape and man — later exposed as a hoax. Swinging back and forth through time, Fake investigates how "Piltdown" rattled assumptions about evolution, faith and science — and how we are transformed by our quest for the truth.



Videos

Extract 1

Extract 2


Audio Record of the play

Part 1


Part 2


Photos

© Photos : Michael Brosilow.


Acts

Act 1

  • Scene 1 : Library of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1914)
  • Scene 2 : A London Flat (1953)
  • Scene 3 : London Natural History Museum (1914)
  • Scene 4 : Jonathan and Kat’s Flat (1952)

Act 2

  • Scene 1 : Piltdown, Gravel Pit (1914)
  • Scene 2 : Museum Library (1953)
  • Scene 3 : Library of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1914)
  • Scene 4 : Museum Library (1953)


Cast

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1914) / Jonathan Cole (1953) : Francis Guinan
  • Rebecca Eastman (1914) / Katarina Meras (1953) : Kate Arrington
  • Arthur Woodward (1914) / Paul Moody (1953) : Alan Wilder
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1914) / Doug Arnt (1953) / Voice of Sherlock Holmes : Coburn Goss
  • Charles Dawson (1914) / Henry Billings (1953) / Voice of Dr. Watson / BBC radio announcer : Larry Yando

Understudies

  • James D. Farruggio, Leslie Frame, Gary Simmers


  • Director : Eric Simonson
  • Playwright : Eric Simonson
  • Set Decoration : Todd Rosenthal
  • Costumes Design : Karin Kopischke
  • Lights : Joe Appelt
  • Sound : Barry Funderburg
  • Music : Barry Funderburg
  • Stage Manager : Michelle Medvin
  • Stage Manager Assistant : Kathleen Petroziello
  • Dramaturg : Rebecca Ann Rugg
  • Dialect coach : Cecilie O'Reilly


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