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Should facts get in the way of a good story? Farmers Alley Theatre's latest will make you think

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Becky Klose
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Farmers Alley Theatre
Myles Schwarz, Laurie Carter Rose, and Paul Stroili in "Lifespan of a Fact."

Note: Farmers Alley Theatre has announced a change of dates for performances. The new run is Feb 17-27.

The Lifespan of a Fact "crackles" as a writer, an editor, and a fact-checker spar over whether the writer's game-changing essay is ready to publish. That's according to actor Paul Stroili, who plays John D'Agata, a real-life author whose essay was red-flagged by real-life fact-checker John Fingal. D'Agata and Fingal are two of the three characters in the play, the third being a fictional editor who is invested in getting the essay published. It runs Feb 11-20 at Farmers Alley Theatre.

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Becky Klose
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Farmers Alley Theatre
Myles Schwarz as fact-checker Jim Fingal, in "Lifespan of a Fact."

The thought-provoking story is helmed by renowned director D. Terry Williams. Says Stroili, "This is one of those great "Let's go to a restaurant and debate the debate" kinds of shows." Artistic director Jeremy Koch adds that to encourage this, Farmers Alley Theatre has scheduled two talkbacks during the run.

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.