Stories from Jonestown

Stories from Jonestown


By (author) Leigh Fondakowski

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  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 33mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Minnesota
  • ISBN 10: 0816678081
  • ISBN 13: 9780816678082
  • Sales rank: 438,990

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The saga of Jonestown didn't end on the day in November 1978 when more than nine hundred Americans died in a mass murder-suicide in the Guyanese jungle. While only a handful of people present at the agricultural project survived that day in Jonestown, more than eighty members of Peoples Temple, led by Jim Jones, were elsewhere in Guyana on that day, and thousands more members of the movement still lived in California. Emmy-nominated writer Leigh Fondakowski, who is best known for her work on the play and HBO film The Laramie Project, spent three years traveling the United States to interview these survivors, many of whom have never talked publicly about the tragedy. Using more than two hundred hours of interview material, Fondakowski creates intimate portraits of these survivors as they tell their unforgettable stories.*

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Leigh Fondakowski was the head writer of "The Laramie Project" and has been a member of the Tectonic Theatre Project since 1995. She is an Emmy-nominated coscreenwriter for the adaptation of "The Laramie Project" for HBO, and a cowriter of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later." Her play, "The People's Temple," created from the survivors' interviews, has been performed under her direction at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Theatre Company, and the Guthrie Theatre.