The People's Temple Replaces Uhry's Kidnapping On Guthrie Schedule

News   The People's Temple Replaces Uhry's Kidnapping On Guthrie Schedule Leigh Fondakowski's The People's Temple has replaced Alfred Uhry's The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara on the Guthrie Theater's winter schedule.

Temple will play the Minneapolis theatre Jan. 7-Feb. 5, 2006. Directed by the playwright, the cast will include Greg Pierotti, Stephen Wangh and Margo Hall.

The People's Temple, according to press notes, is a "tale of faith, community and survival spanning 25 years, examining the roots, rise and tragic demise of the Reverend Jim Jones' Guyana settlement known as Jonestown. The play weaves together gospel music, archival materials and survivor interviews to create a conversation between the living and the dead."

The Guthrie Theater is located in Minneapolis at 725 Vineland Place. Tickets can be purchased by calling (612) 377-2224 or by visiting www.guthrietheater.org.

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Uhry's The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara is based on the book by David I. Kertzer and concerns the true story of a Jewish boy who was taken from his family and raised Catholic. "As an infant," reads earlier production notes, "Edgardo Mortara suffers a devastating illness. Unknown to his parents, their Catholic housemaid baptizes him, fearing for the baby’s soul. The child survives the illness, but under the direction of the Vatican, Edgardo is taken from his family to be raised by the Catholic Church. Under the law of the Papal States at the time, Edgardo’s baptism makes him a Christian, and Jews cannot raise a Christian child, even their own. Despite repeated appeals by his family and attempts to bring him home, the child remains a ward of the Catholic Church."

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