Dower Theater Project Brings Jonestown to Stage in October

After more than two years of work, The Z Space looks forward to October 2003 when the Bay Area will have a first look at the new play being developed with writer/director Leigh Fondakowski and her team.

The presentations of the work-in-progress will take place over two weekends, giving Bay Area residents an opportunity to experience the play as it develops toward its eventual world premiere.

“From the outset our goal has been to open the doors to this work in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary,” said Z Space Artistic Director David Dower. “We wanted the play to inform and expand the conversation around this important milestone. Inviting people into the creative process allows a dialogue between this community and the play as it is being developed. This sort of interaction between the audience and the art is a hallmark of our work, and we are proud to be able to foster this dialogue.”

The Z Space is a leading theater development center located in San Francisco currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Previous Z projects have earned many local and national awards over the years, including two Pulitzer Prize nominations for drama.

“This is by far the most challenging project we’ve ever commissioned,” said Dower. “The investment from the people most impacted by these events is both humbling and inspiring as we struggle to meet the demands of this process. I’m proud to be supporting this work and look forward to sharing it with people.”

The October schedule is still being set at this writing. People interested in attending these presentations can stay informed at The Z Space website at