Political and religious ideologies collide in DOGFALL as a suicide doctor and his rival grapple for the political high ground. The resulting tempest of venomous philosophy and twisted dogma make it difficult to separate zealot from ideologue. Winner of the Getchell Award, this play is an unflinching exploration of the political and social morass of the right-to-die debate in America today.Religious creeds crumble in PURGING MARY when the wife of a white, southern right-to-life crusader is raped and impregnated by a black man. Forced by inbred bigotry to reconsider his ethical position, the crusader sets out on a journey that has the power to destroy everything he holds dear. This tightly-written play is an uncompromising exploration of the political and social intricacies of abortion-on-demand in America.In GLORIA DEI, a court order allows a brain-dead woman to die of starvation, but she is poisoned before her body gives way to deprivation. A priest is accused of the crime. Is it murder or mercy killing? Forced to stand against the tyranny of an unethical judicial system, the priest risks everything to find justice for his friend and retribution for the courts that starved her. This powerful courtroom drama is an unapologetic exploration of the toxic mire of the right-to-life debate.
A Selection from Scot's Portfolio
The following items highlight a number of important productions in Professor Lahaie's portfolio.
BIG BROTHER 2014 is a stage play written by American playwright Scot Lahaie. The play is a techno-savvy blend of theater and media that takes its inspiration from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, believing that “Orwell got it right, he just missed the year.”
Pierre Corneille was the greatest of French dramatists writing in the seventeenth century. As a renegade author, he railed against the restrictive rules of the neoclassical age and crafted works of spiritual power that transcended the mere rules of the dramatic trade. Of his major works, Polyeucte (1643) remains the most endearing and powerful.
In the spring of 2007, Gardner-Webb University Theater mounted a daring postmodern deconstruction of Shakespeare’s play King Lear entitled LEAR ReLoaded, written and directed by Scot Lahaie.
SUMMARY: A court order allows a brain-dead woman to die of starvation, but she is poisoned before her body gives way to deprivation. A priest is accused of the crime. Is it murder or mercy killing? Forced to stand against the tyranny of an unethical judicial system, the priest risks everything to find justice for his friend and retribution for the courts that starved her. This powerful courtroom drama is an unapologetic exploration of the toxic mire of the right-to-life debate.
The struggle that people of faith have with Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is its nihilistic context. The play seems to undergird the claim that God is distant to humanity, perhaps even nonexistent. So, for our production of this iconic show, produced at Gardner-Webb University in 2009, we attempted to make the invisible visible. To do so, we created the world of the play as a single cutout of earth. This small patch of ground was then held up by a giant hand. In framing the action of the play in this way, a new theme emerged suggesting that God is always present, even when he is not seen, understood, or recognized. As the scriptures would suggest, it is in God that we “live and move and have our being.” In the words of Erasmus, the Dutch philosopher & scholar of the Renaissance, “Bidden or unbidden, God is present.”
Purging Mary: A Drama in Two Acts
DOGFALL: an award-winning stage play written by Scot Lahaie. Dr. Jake McKenzie, Dallas’ famed suicide doctor, is on trial. Mike Howard, a vigilante from the far political right, plays judge, jury, and executioner to the kidnapped doctor. Political and religious ideologies collide as the two urban titans grapple for the political high ground, even for their very lives. The resulting tempest of venomous philosophy and twisted dogma make it difficult to separate predator from prey or zealot from ideologue. But when the doctor’s darkest secret comes to light, both characters are thrown into turmoil, forcing the play to its frightful conclusion. Laced with humor, DOGFALL is an unflinching exploration of the political and social morass of the right-to-die debate in America today. The Cast of Characters:MIKE HOWARD, a right-wing radical. Twenty-eight years old.JAKE MCKENZIE, Dallas’ famed suicide doctor. Sixty-one years old.MRS. BANOCEK, Mike’s elderly neighbor.
Prof. Lahaie's unpublished full-length work include a musical entitled Cubicle and a translation of Heinz Coubier's comedy Aimee, which was translated from the German together with his wife, Ute S. Lahaie.