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The People's Temple

It's easy to understand why so many people flocked to hear the Rev. Jim Jones preach. As depicted in Berkeley Rep's world-premiere production of The People's Temple, Jones, the leader of the cultish church, is charisma personified, a hip cat…
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Calendar, Night&Day Keeping Up With the Jones

Keeping Up With the Jones

While contemporary nostalgics like to romanticize the 1960s as a time of brotherhood and free love, they often forget that it was also a time of some horrendous mistakes. Most folks meant well in their preaching and movement-making, but a…
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I Think I Like Girls

This play about lesbianism, like The Vagina Monologues and Another American: Asking and Telling, is based on actual interviews. Leigh Fondakowski, the playwright, talked to something like 77 women about sexual alienation and coming out, and five young actors from…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Art of Interviewing

The Art of Interviewing

The line between fact and fiction is as thin as that between love and hate. For playwright and director Leigh Fondakowski, that literary line is also a vital, underutilized artistic tool. As a member of New York City's Tectonic Theater…
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