Big Dawg Productions Non-Profit Theatre: The Lifespan of a Fact

Sat., Jun. 19, 2021 at 8:00 PM ( Thu., Jun. 10, 2021 - Sun., Jun. 20, 2021 )

Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401


After 15 months of witnessing the battle over what constitutes the TRUTH vs a FACT play out on our screens and in our national conversations, The Lifespan Of A Fact allows us the chance to laugh, and to breathe, while framing the larger debate into one seemingly simple argument. The play was written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell. Based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, and produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Starring Randy Davis, Matt Carter and Eleanor Stafford, and directed by Steve Vernon, the play follows Jim Fingel (Carter), a fresh-faced fact checker assigned by editor Emily Primrose (Stafford) to fact check John D’Agata’s (Davis) transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy - an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. The two men come head to head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth. As Emily has to decide if the essay can be published in time to meet a looming deadline, she (and the audience) are forced to decide if literary beauty and personal truths are as vital to the story as cold, hard facts.


General Admission tickets are $25, Senior, Student and Military tickets are $22 (taxes and fees apply).

The full studio theatre will be available for general admission seating and masks are encouraged. Concessions are available, including beer and wine. The auditorium and all public spaces are sanitized thoroughly after each performance.


$25 - $22

More information

Tickets are available now online or through the Center Box Office, Monday-Friday from 3-6pm, or 1 hour prior to curtain, at 910-632-2285.


  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM
  • Friday, June 11, 2021 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 8:00 PM
  • Friday, June 18, 2021 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 3:00 PM