This production was staged as part of our 2016/17 Season

The Temple Bombing

The Temple Bombing

February 22 to March 12, 2017 | On the Alliance Stage
World Premiere
Part of the Alliance Series

Inspired by the book The Temple Bombing by Melissa Fay Greene

Contains: Adult situations. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

"The similarities between 1958 and 2017 are too obvious to be dismissed. But out of that darkness, a path of healing and forgiveness was illumined. That’s what makes this play so unsettling — and so significant...It is required that we see it, and remember." —Wendell Brock for AJC

The event that shook Atlanta from Peachtree Street to Auburn Avenue. And changed the city forever.

On October 12, 1958, a bundle of dynamite blew through the wall of Atlanta’s oldest synagogue. Following 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, Rabbi Rothschild of The Temple had become a public advocate for the progress of Civil Rights. The explosion and national support for The Temple community bolstered Atlanta city leaders’ resolve to investigate and prosecute the crime, paving the way for dramatic social change. The Temple Bombing, inspired by the award-winning book The Temple Bombing by Melissa Fay Greene, is a world premiere presented on the occasion of The Temple’s 150th anniversary. This theatricalization celebrates a city that came together in the face of hatred to live the lessons of the Civil Rights era, lessons that still resonate 58 years after that fateful day. The Temple Bombing is developed in association with Tectonic Theater Project of New York and The Temple.  




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Cast & Crew


  • Ensemble
    Theater: DutchMasters (LAByrinth Theatre Company), On the Levee (Lincoln Center), The Book of Grace (The Public Theatre), Zooman and the Sign (Signature... read more »
  • Ensemble
    Danielle is thankful to return to the Alliance Theatre in The Temple Bombing. She was last seen at the Alliance as Chaos Unit in the Alliance/Kendeda-winning... read more »
  • Ensemble
    Ann Marie is delighted to return to the Alliance stage. Alliance credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Edward Foote and The Geller Girls. Ann Marie... read more »
  • George Bright/Ensemble
    Eric s making his mainstage Alliance debut with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Regional credits: Florida Repertory (Other Desert Cities, Bedroom Farce);... read more »
  • Janice Rothschild
    Recent Broadway credits: The Crucible, Mothers and Sons, The Heiress, 33 Variations. Other selected credits: Off-Broadway: Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout), All’s... read more »
  • Ensemble, Understudy for Rabbi Jacob Rothschild
    Lee is thrilled to be back at the Alliance. Alliance credits: Ugly Lies the Bone. Other Atlanta credits: Significant Other (Actor's Express), Romeo... read more »
  • Reuben Garland/Ensemble
    Ric is thrilled to make his Alliance Stage debut! Atlanta area credits include Race (Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company), The Little Foxes and Turned Funny... read more »
  • Ensemble
    Justin is very excited to be working with the Alliance Theatre for the first time. Regional credits include TheatreSquared, Georgia Shakespeare, Arkansas Rep,... read more »
  • Rabbi Jacob Rothschild
    Alliance: Angels in America (1995), The Underpants (2006). Broadway: The Full Monty (original cast), The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Summer and Smoke, Our Town.... read more »
  • Ensemble
    Minka has 15-plus years in theater and 20-plus years in operatic and concert singing. She is a five-time Suzi Bass Award nominee. She began training at age 6 years... read more »


  • Projection Design
    David is a projections and lighting designer based in New York. Recent design credits: Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project); Anna Akhmatova, Jules Verne: From the... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Broadway: Oh, Hello. Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout); SeaWife (Naked Angles, Drama Desk Nomination); Fly (New Victory); Two Class Acts (The Flea); Oh,... read more »
  • Playwright
    Jimmy is a member of Tectonic Theater Project, proud to be bringing this story to the Alliance Stage. Previous Tectonic collaborations include 33 Variations (Broadway,... read more »
  • Set Design
    Selected credits: Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band (Ma-Yi Theater Company, NYC), Heartbreak (New Georges Theatre Company, NYC), The Wong Kids in the Secret of the... read more »
  • Costume Design
    Sydney is an award-winning costume designer who has been designing for Atlanta and regional theaters for many years. She designed last season’s Tell Me My Dream... read more »
  • Sound Design & Composer
    Kendall has designed and composed original scores for Atlanta theaters including Georgia Shakespeare, Alliance Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre,... read more »
  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Credits include: The Vaudevillians, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Venus in Fur, Boeing Boeing, Clybourne Park, Red, The Imaginary Invalid, Birdie Blue,... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Rodney is an Atlanta native. Rodney studied theatre at Florida A&M University’s Essential Theatre. His 13-year tenure at the Alliance has included stage... read more »


  • Director
    Jimmy is a member of Tectonic Theater Project, proud to be bringing this story to the Alliance Stage. Previous Tectonic collaborations include 33 Variations (Broadway,... read more »


  • Understudy for Ensemble
    James is happy to return to the Alliance Theatre to serve as an understudy, as he did in last season's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Most recently seen... read more »
  • Understudy for Ensemble
    Christopher is thrilled to return to an Alliance Stage! Previous credits include The Night Writers. He works frequently with Theater Emory, projects including Un Tempete... read more »
  • Understudy for Janice Rothschild
    As a member of The Temple for the past forty years, Mira is particularly honored to be part of this production. She has performed with a number of local theaters, ... read more »
  • Understudy for Ensemble
    Joshua is extremely excited to be a part of this production, having last been seen in A Christmas Carol here at the Alliance. Favorite credits include ... read more »
  • Understudy for Ensemble
    Shayla is thrilled times infinity to make her Alliance Stage debut! Atlanta: Damaged Goods (Towonda Kilpatrick Productions). Las Vegas: Local Celebrity (Vegas Fringe... read more »
  • Understudy for Ensemble
    Brooke is thrilled to be working with the Alliance for the  first time! She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in theatre and Spanish and an... read more »

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