True Story

Post-modern thriller     *     80 minutes     *     5 actors:  2 Men/1 Woman/+2 roles that can be played by either men or women

When grieving mystery writer Hal Walker is hired to ghostwrite the “story of the century,” he must find out what really happened between acquitted murderer Donnie Lawrence and his wife.  But will he survive his own investigation?

The world premiere of "True Story" by EM Lewis at Passage Theater.

The world premiere of “True Story” by EM Lewis at Passage Theater.

World Premiere at Passage Theater in Trenton, NJ in Fall 2013.  Nominated for five Barrymore Awards, including best new play!

Readings, Awards and Development:

“True Story” (previously titled “If I Did This”) was developed in the Passage Theater Play Lab, by Flux Theater Ensemble, at the 2013 PlayFest Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, CA and at the 2013 Arkansas New Play Festival in Fayetteville, AR.

"True Story" at Passage Theater.

“True Story” at Passage Theater.

"True Story" (previously titled "If I Did This") had a staged reading at Judson Church in New York City, presented by Flux Theater Ensemble.

“True Story” (previously titled “If I Did This”) had a staged reading at Judson Church in New York City, presented by Flux Theater Ensemble.

Reviews from the world premiere production of “True Story” at Passage Theater

“…a tense and riveting eighty minutes…  Sly and smartly crafted.”  -Simon Saltzman, Curtain-Up

“Though EM Lewis’s 80-minute thriller TRUE STORY pays homage to Raymond Chandler’s detective-story and film-noir tradition of the 1930s and ‘40s, the play offers a more current (cell-phone era) exploration of the genre, combining the twists and turns of a gripping murder mystery with the profound human issues of coping with loss, assuming responsibility, the nature of truth, and the desire for justice. Passage Theatre Company’s world-premiere production, directed with wit and suspense by Damon Bonetti, succeeds in delivering all the surprises, humor, emotion, and psychology inherent in the script.”  -Deborah Miller, Phindie.com

"True Story" was developed at the 2013 Arkansas New Plays Festival.

“True Story” was developed at the 2013 Arkansas New Plays Festival.