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Arts & Entertainment Original play explores the right-to-die debate

A group of artists based in Asheville known as the Sanguine Theatre Company will be presenting a new play, “Dogfall” by Scot Lahaie, as a part of North Carolina Stage Company’s Catalyst Series on Jan. 14-16 and 21-23. Now in its seventh year, the Catalyst Series features performances from local, grassroots theatre companies. N.C. Stage collaborates with these companies to expand its own programming while providing resources for innovative theatre.

Playwright Professor Scot Lahaie from Shelby, N.C. will be taking on a new role as actor in this production of “Dogfall” as he portrays Dr. Jake McKenzie, a doctor known for assisting his patients to commit suicide because of terminal illness.

Joining Lahaie on stage is actor Bradley James Archer, an Asheville native, playing the role of Mike Howard, a right-wing religious zealot bent on punishing Dr. McKenzie for his crimes against God and humanity. Instead of escaping his captor, McKenzie places the now chained radical on trial in like manner, an opportunity the doctor uses to defend his own actions and give voice to the radical left.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Jan. 14 is pay-what-you-can night ($6 minimum, cash only, exact change only, and reservations are highly recommended). More information at http://dogfall.weebly.com, or at www.ncstage.org.

Performances are Jan. 14-23, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the NC Stage Box Office at (828)239-0263, www.ncstage.org, or in person at 15 Stage Lane, Asheville NC 28801 and the Pack Place Ticket Counter 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville NC 28801.


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