E.M. Lewis’ new play, Now Comes the Night, opens with journalist Michael Apres’ release after 18 months as a hostage in Iraq. Determined to return his life normalcy, he throws himself into work, but his friend Brad (played by Jaysen Wright, pictured) senses that something remains wrong. Following a fiery exchange during a TV interview, both men feel betrayed by the secrets the other kept. Haunted by their failures and driven by a desire to tell the truth, Michael sees an opportunity to be a hero one more time and takes it. Lewis’ work encourages viewers to question the value we place on the pursuit of truth. Is it worth sacrificing one’s life and safety, or is it OK to observe events from a distance? 1st Stage’s ambitious take on this concept promises to engage audiences, even if its subject matter is decidedly dark. The play runs Sept. 17 to Oct. 11 at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons. $15–$30. (703) 854-1856.