Jonestown Tragedy The People's Temple by The Laramie Project Creators
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The last date listed for The People's Temple was Saturday September 27, 2008 / 8:00pm.
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This annual recreation of a 1940s radio broadcast of It's a Wonderful Life has become a Chicago holiday tradition. And after 12 years, that tradition just got better. This year, under the first-time direction of PJ Paparelli, the show will include new Foley sound effects and vintage 1940s-style commercial breaks. Adapted from the classic Jimmy Stewart-Donna Reed film, It's a Wonderful Life takes us back to Bedford Falls, where down-on-his-luck do-gooder George Bailey meets an angel who shows him the heartwarming truth about the crucial effect he has on the lives of those around him. To bring the show to life, American Theater Company transforms its intimate space into an actual 1940s radio studio, where actors will take to the microphones in period wardrobe and perform for both the (fictional) listening public and the (real) live audience. Bring the kids and capture the true holiday spirit. Free milk and cookies are served after every performance. Learn More
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Featured review from Greg Pierce
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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.
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