Leigh Fondakowski, head writer and associate director of The Laramie Project, examines the lives of gay women in I Think I Like Girls, set for a La Jolla Playhouse workshop Sept. 3-22. Girls will be presented as a part of the San Diego company's new Page to Stage series, which brought Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife to La Jolla last summer. I Think I Like Girls, like Laramie Project, combines verbatim interviews, court documents and newspaper and magazine articles with original material, in this case, songs and dances created by Fondakowski. It is the story of growing up lesbian in America and how a dozen or so women have absorbed and shared gay culture and the broader culture of today. I Think I Like Girls was first read in Brooklyn in 1997, followed by a 1998 reading at New York Theatre Workshop and a 2000 work-in-progress presentation in San Francisco.
Fondakowski became a member of the Tectonic Theater Project in 1995. She worked on the world premiere of Laramie Project at the Denver Center Theatre Company and the subsequent Off-Broadway, La Jolla and HBO productions of the play. Her other credits include Letters to Myself, Happenings and Resurrection Invention, co-written with Maxwell Fraser.
— By Christine Ehren