The reason to do the play now is not to relive this horrible event, but to look at the underlying history that led to this tragedy, and to understand the social and political context out of which the movement known as Peoples Temple was born. In doing so, we can hopefully learn from both their triumphs and their mistakes.
— Leigh Fondakowski, Writer of The People's Temple

The People's Temple


Written by

Leigh Fondakowski

in collaboration with
Greg Pierotti, Stephen Wangh, and Margo Hall

Directed by D.B. Schroeder
Shardai Davis, Stage Manager


Shelby Bradley
Steve Xander Carson
Connie Cowper
Craig Ester 
Linda Rabin Hammell
Laura Heikkinen 
Jeffrey Miller
Karen Minard
Lindel Salow
Joseph Sfair


Friday, October 6, 2017 – Sunday, October 22, 2017


On November 18, 1978, 918 Americans died in the jungles of Guyana in a place named Jonestown. Many know this as a story of mass suicide where crazed cultists assassinated a congressman and then drank poisoned kool-aid, but there is much more to be told. Puzzle Piece Theatre begins its fifth season with this docu-drama form of theatre that preserves the humanity of a group of socially-concsious individuals who wanted to leave the world a better place.


Emmy-nominated writer of HBO Films “The Laramie Project” joins Puzzle Piece to bring this very rare Michigan premiere.


All performances take place at
Slipstream Theatre Initiative:
460 Hilton Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220


Friday and Saturday, 8pm
Sunday matinees, 2pm
Tickets are $20 by advance reservation.


Interested in learning more about The People's Temple? Here is an NPR interview with the playwright, Leigh Fondakowski, from 2005 when the play first premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California. Have a listen

Joseph Sfair as Jim Jones, The People's Temple — Puzzle Piece Theatre

Joseph Sfair as Jim Jones, The People's Temple — Puzzle Piece Theatre

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
— George Santayana