Oscar-winning and Tony-nominated writer and director Eric Simonson explores the most famous archeological hoax in history. Alternating between 1914 and 1953, journalists and scientists set out to uncover who planted the Piltdown Man skull. Everyone’s a suspect, including legendary Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally produced at Steppenwolf Theatre 2009 with Martha Lavey as Artistic Director.
Includes an interview with Russell H. Tuttle, a Professor of Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago.
Recorded before a live audience at WBEZ Studios, Chicago in November of 2009.
Fake is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.
"A slender but entertaining play fictionalizes the Piltdown Man hoax..." — AudioFile Magazine