Jonestown Tragedy The People's Temple by The Laramie Project Creators
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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.