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
Reviews"The play wears its politics lightly...letting slip bits of information that we then can combine into sense...Funny, at moments, hilarious, with much of the humor coming from characters who are always more human than symbolic... 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." –Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing
"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." –Hedy Weiss, 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." - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"...This look at intrigue, duplicity and self-deception in the corporate world resonates in every aspect of human endeavor." –American Theatre Critics Association
"One would think a drama about a government defense contractor's secret cover-ups and the people woven within them would be heavy and intense, but playwright Jason Wells surprises with witty comedy in the most unlikely moments while keeping the intensity alive...Wells' dialogue, coupled with the story's imagination, flows nicely. It is enjoyable to watch each scene build to a climax, then soften somewhat, leaving the audience intrigued, laughing or, in the end, completely stunned." –Bradenton Herald
"Intriguing and exciting!" –Sarasota Magazine
KeywordsBetrayal, Black issues, Business, Current Events, Death, Feminism, Marriage, Memory, Politics, War, Science & Technology
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- 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 was first presented at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, on May 15, 2009. It was directed by Michael Donald Edwards.