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White Nights, Black Paradise, The Play

May 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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White Nights, Black Paradise, The Play

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PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION | White Nights, Black Paradise, The Play

The new historical stage play, White Nights, Black Paradise, by L.A.-based writer Sikivu Hutchinson, is based on the arc of the predominantly African American female Peoples Temple church and the November 1978 Jonestown, Guyana massacre. It is the first literary, theatrical production to foreground the lived experiences and social history of African American women members of Jonestown and Peoples Temple through interlocking, multi-generational characters from all walks of life. In this showcase, actors from the “White Nights, Black Paradise” cast will perform select scenes from the play, followed by a panel discussion with Jonestown survivors and community scholars. The panel will contextualize Peoples Temple and Jonestown vis-à-vis the Great Migration, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, Black Power, and the LGBTQ movement, toward a deeper understanding of Jonestown’s implications for contemporary Black San Francisco and beyond.


May 9, 2020
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$0 - $10
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Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 United States