Jonestown Tragedy The People's Temple by The Laramie Project Creators
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Few Broadway musicals are more beloved than The Sound of Music, and now you can see it live in a production by Lyric Opera of Chicago, with Hollywood star Billy Zane stepping into the role of Captain von Trapp. It's the story of Maria, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess to the widowed Captain von Trapp's seven children. As she gradually earns the heart of the family -- and their father -- the von Trapps are threatened by the rise of the Nazis, and must figure out how to escape Austria. "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "The Lonely Goatherd" and the soaring title song are just a few of the unforgettable melodies in this classic work of musical theater. The cast includes opera stars Christine Brewer and Elizabeth Futral, Jenn Gambatese of Broadway's Wicked and All Shook Up, and Edward Hibbert of Frasier. Learn More
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If you think you know the story of Jim Jones and the People's Temple, you don't. This is a morality tale about self-righteousness, to be sure, but it is also about our tendency to judge events by what we see in headlines and on TV rather than trying to understand what is behind them. This play is done by the same people who brought us The Laramie Project, and they have really developed a new way of telling a story. Darryl Cox (of Profiles Theater) leads an incredibly talented cast.
On November 18, 1978, 918 Americans died in a remote jungle in Guyana, South America: one was a United States Congressman (the only member of Congress in U.S. history to be killed in the line of duty), three were journalists and 914 were residents of the People’s Temple agricultural mission known as Jonestown. More than 80 members of People’s Temple who were living in Guyana survived that day. Hundreds of members living in San Francisco and Los Angeles also survived. The People’s Temple is created from verbatim interviews with those survivors as well as hundreds of archival documents housed at the California Historical Society in San Francisco.
Leigh Fondakowski (director and playwright) was the head writer of The Laramie Project and has been a member of Tectonic Theatre Project since 1995. She is an Emmy-nominated co-screenwriter for the adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO. Her latest work, The People’s Temple, has been performed under her direction at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theater and The Guthrie Theater, and received the Glickman Award for Best New Play in the Bay Area in 2005. Another original play, I Think I Like Girls, premiered at Encore Theater in San Francisco under her direction and was voted one of the top 10 plays of 2002 by The Advocate. Other directing credits include 3 Seconds in the Key by Deb Margolin (San Francisco Playhouse), The Laramie Project (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Perseverance Theatre), La Voix Humaine by Jean Cocteau (Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh), Agatha by Marguerite Duras (French Alliance, New York), Gwen John adapted from the novel by Jane Warrick (HERE, New York) and more.