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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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thu02may7:30 pmthu9:30 pmThe Lifespan of a Fact Event Organized ByKindred Theatre SocietyEvent Type Theatre7:30 pm - 9:30 pm(GMT-07:00) Studio 16, 1555 West 7th Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1, Canada

Event Details

The Lifespan of a Fact is a comedic showdown between truth and fact set in the world of non-fiction publishing.

The story follows Jim Fingal, a fresh out of Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about a high-stakes event concerning a teenage boy – an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact-check D’Agata’s article, the two come head-to-head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus fiction.

The play is based on real-life D’Agata’s piece “What Happens There,” an essay written about the teenager Levi Presley. In real life, Jim Fingal was assigned to fact-check the piece and ignited a seven-year debate on the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary nonfiction. The Lifespan of a Fact is not only a story brimming with comedic banter and debate about “truth” but also offers themes of the story being a conduit to connect us to our humanity and trust in journalism and the media.

With the branding of terms such as “fake news” and the recent elimination and banning of news being allowed to be shared on Meta-owned social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram), the public is more and more challenged with the ideas of “what is a fact?” “Is what I am reading legitimate?”


May 2, 2024 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

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