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Professor Candace Taylor Directs Asheville Play “The Lifespan of a Fact”


The North Carolina Stage Company opened the clever and timely comedy, "The Lifespan of a Fact" on April 13. The play is directed by Warren Wilson College Professor of Theatre Candace Taylor, and it stars Warren Wilson alumnus and up-and-coming actor Conor Donohue '16 to play one of the three roles in the play. Donahue returned to Asheville from Washington, DC to play Jim.


This smart, darkly funny script follows the real life story of author John D’Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal as they navigate the high stakes world of publishing; battling over fact, fiction, and everything that lies in between in D’Agata’s most recent essay. Their hard nosed editor plays referee and must decide how far she’s willing to stretch the truth for the perfect story. Discretionary Warning: this play contains strong language, adult themes, and mentions of suicide.


“It is intelligent, thought-provoking, and challenging to the audience: the theatrical equivalent of the best kind of fiendish board puzzle…” -The Daily Beast


Details: "The Lifespan of a Fact"


Whether you're near or far, you'll now be able to see NC Stage's production of The Lifespan of a Fact via the livestream from Broadway on Demand. We invite you to join us online (or in person!) for this fast-paced, timely exploration of what constitutes fact in the gray world of literary non-fiction. A young fact checker, a well-seasoned author, and their editor go head to head in this surprisingly funny look into writing and publishing in today's age of information.


Where: North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville, NC

Dates: April 13 - May 15, 2022

Performances: Wednesday -Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm 

Ticket Prices: $26- $46. Student tickets $10 (with ID)

In-person tickets are available by calling 828-239-0263 or clicking here.

Virtual tickets are available here.

*COVID protocols: masks and proof of vaccination or negative lab-conducted test required.*

Photos by Serena Fick '24



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