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KOOLAID

This piece is based on the Jonestown massacre and the Peoples Temple. In 1978, over 900 people drank cyanide infused koolaid, most willingly and some forcefully. There were many elements leading up to this massacre orchestrated by the manipulative, twisted cult leader Jim Jones. This topic is horrific and gruesome, but I still felt the urge to create something with this in mind. KOOLAID is a representation of those who were in the Peoples Temple. Most of these people were genuinely kind activists who believed in their cause to do good by their community and each other. Until Jones revealed his true self to the Peoples Temple, things were looking hopeful. Through this piece we experience a foreshadowing, stories of those harmed and/or influenced by Jim Jones, and the calm before the storm. Dancers and actors are included in this piece to tell this story as truthfully as can be.



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Event: Capezio A.C.E. Award Competition 2019
Category: Performance
Keywords: koolaid Jonestown
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