by Jason Wells
Full Length Play, Dark Comedy / 4m, 1f
Perfect Mendacity examines the nature of self-deception as a business executive seeks to avoid being implicated in the leak of a sensitive memo during a lie detector investigation.
With his best friend spying on him, his wife intent on opening old wounds, and D'avore uncovering dark secrets, Walter's desperate journey toward the perfect lie becomes a spiral into paranoia and bitter reckoning.
- Winner! 2010 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for an Emerging Playwright
"A sharp meditation on the nature of truth and lies in the post 9-11 world ... Jason Wells conjures the same sort of nerve-jangling menace found in his earlier play Men of Tortuga. But here he spins a story that bears a downright eerie prescience ... Wells' play is wired with a dazzling, tightly wound, steel-spring mechanism that keeps you riveted." - Chicago Sun-Times
"As he proved in his play Men of Tortuga, Jason Wells knows how to build suspense and tension with clever and intriguing dialogue that clips along." - Sarasota Herald Tribune
"I want to recommend Mendacity not just as a couple of entertaining hours of theater (which it certainly is,) but as a rare attempt to witness real political art, the sort that seldom turns up on the American scene ... Illuminating. I recommend it to lovers of the theater, and the truth." - Creative Loafing
"...This look at intrigue, duplicity, and self-deception in the corporate world resonates in every aspect of human endeavor." - American Theatre Critics' Association
"Wells ... (has) every right ... to take pride in this provocative, beautifully structured play." - Aisle Say
KeywordsBetrayal, Black issues, Business, Current Events, Death, Feminism, Marriage, Memory, Politics, War, Science & Technology
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: An office. A suburban condo. A laboratory office.
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
D'AVORE PEOPLES – 40s, black American
SAMIRA KREUTZER – 30s or 40s, Moroccan
ROGER STANHOPE – 50s, white South African
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Perfect Mendacity premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, IL in July 2008 as a part of the First Look Repertory of New Work. The production was directed by David Cromer.