In 1914, renowned mystery writer 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.
Ensemble member Eric Simonson recently completed a documentary on the late Studs Terkel for HBO. Simonson received a Tony® nomination for his direction of Steppenwolf's The Song of Jacob Zulu with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and directed an Oscar®-nominated documentary about the acclaimed South African singing group. Simonson received an Oscar® for Best Documentary Short for his film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin in 2006. Other directing credits at Steppenwolf include Carter’s Way (also playwright), Slaughterhouse-Five (also adaptor) and Nomathemba (Hope).
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Cast & Artists
- Directed by: ensemble member Eric Simonson
- Author:ensemble member Eric Simonson
- Scenic Design: Todd Rosenthal
- Costume Design: Karin Kopischke
- Lighting Design: Joe Appelt
- Sound Design: Barry G. Funderburg
- Original Music: Barry G. Funderburg
- Stage Manager: Michelle Medvin
- Assistant Stage Manager: Kathleen Petroziello
Featured Ensemble Members
Ensemble Member Eric Simonson’s play Fake draws upon historical figures, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Artistic Director Martha Lavey explores the question of authenticity in Fake
I've always liked to think too much, or so I’ve been told.
Fake is about the discovery of the "Piltdown Man" skull in 1914 England and the subsequent proof that it was a hoax four decades later in 1953.
Is it possible that Charles Dawson, an amateur archeologist, discovered one of the most important finds of the 20th century?
Associate Artistic Director David New sits down with Playwright and Director Eric Simonson about his new play Fake.