Perfect Mendacity

Walter Kreutzer, a microbiologist for a defense contractor, is being investigated by his employers over an incriminating memo that was leaked to the media. Walter thinks his Moroccan wife may have done the whistleblowing, and to protect her – and himself – Walter needs to learn how to defeat a  lie detector, and fast. D’avore Peoples, a polygraph consultant, is happy to help – for a price, of course. But D’avore’s technique will require Walter to look deep within himself, a terrifying prospect for a man hiding from his past.

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.

Perfect Mendacity at Steppenwolf

Directed by David Cromer
The play Perfect Mendacity at Steppenwolf Theatre
Tim Curtis, Matt DeCaro, Scott Aiello
The play Perfect Mendacity at Steppenwolf Theatre
Matt DeCaro, Aaron Todd Douglas
The play Perfect Mendacity at Steppenwolf Theatre
Liza Fernandez, Matt DeCaro

Perfect Mendacity at the Asolo

Directed by Michael Donald Edwards
The play Perfect Mendacity performed at the Asolo
DeMario McGrew, David Breitbarth, Diana Simonzadeh
The play Perfect Mendacity performed at the Asolo
The play Perfect Mendacity, performed at the Asolo


“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

“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.”

—Mark E. Leib, 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.”




  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company, First Look Repertory of New Work (Chicago)
  • Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota)
  • Next Act Theatre (Milwaukee)
  • South Bend Civic Theatre (IN)
  • Street Corner Arts (Austin)

Reading: Manhattan Theatre Club