Venue Details

55 Star Starred
American Theater Company
at N. Lincoln Ave 1909 W. Byron Chicago, IL 60613
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Kara Lang Guminski

WOW. One of the best shows I've ever seen. This show really moved me. The acting was superb, the set design clever and unique, and the writing and research that went into making this show impressive. This show is a testament to the survivors...continued

reviewed Sep 26 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Manny Tamayo

This is a solid show. The acting is top notch. There is not one single weak link among the ensemble. Intense emotions throughout. I defy anyone to walk out of the theater untouched.

reviewed Sep 21 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Emily

Totally evocative and worth seeing. The set and performances are what stood out to me - and of course the story carries itself. I recommend if you don't know anything about Jonestown, researching a bit before seeing the show. It was a bit...continued

reviewed Sep 26 2008 report as inappropriate
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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.

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