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Moisés Kaufman, the founder of Tectonic, says that when sourcing from real-life documents, you create an X-ray of the culture in which they were spoken. Once created, this X-ray can reveal fault lines that divided or united the culture. When presented in a piece of theatre, there exists an invitation to the viewer’s imagination, to draw meaningful comparisons with their own time and culture. -Jimmy Maize, Playwright and Director, The Temple Bombing E xamples of Documentary Theatre: • “Living Newspaper” 1935-1939; Federal Theatre Project • Fires in the Mirror 1991 • Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Anna Deveare Smith • Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, 1997; Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project • The Laramie Project, 2000; Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project

Combining the historian’s urge for accuracy with a sociologist’s sense of social nuance and a writerly passion for the beauty of language, Melissa Fay Greene revisits an ugly moment in Atlanta’s history in The Temple Bombing… The Temple Bombing is an act of witness against the chaos, at once sickening, elegant, and heartfelt. –The National Book Foundation, 1996 Nonfiction Finalist Award 14 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Documentary Theatre ‘Documentary drama,’ describing plays with a close relationship to their factual base, is a twentieth-century extension of historical drama … where the factual basis gives the action its credibility. In ‘documentary theatre,’ documents themselves are projected into text and performance. Its four major functions are to reassess national and local histories; to celebrate communities and marginalized groups and their histories; to investigate important events and issues past and present; and to be open (about sourcing found material). In documentary theatre, photographs and/or film project actualities; placards and/or slides project quotations from source documents; actors address the audience directly with facts and information; voices of participants in historical events are used on tape/film. -Derek Paget, The Continuum Companion to Twentieth-Century Theatre

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THE ALLIANCE THEATRE :: The Temple Bombing  

Encore Atlanta is the official show program for the Fox Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, th...

THE ALLIANCE THEATRE :: The Temple Bombing  

Encore Atlanta is the official show program for the Fox Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, th...