Battle Hymn

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AuthorJim Leonard
DirectorJohn Langs
DatesJanuary 17-March 7
Location(Inside) the Ford at the Ford Amphitheatre


MarthaSuzy Jane Hunt
Henry, et alBill Heck
Ambrose, etalWilliam Salyers
Primbody, et alRobert Manning Jr.
Lanford, et alJohn Short

Production Team

Produced byTim Wright
Jennifer A. Skinner
Associate producersCamille Schenkkan
Diana Wyenn
Set & Lighting designBrian Sidney Bembridge
Costume designDianne K. Graebner
Sound designCricket S. Myers
Original scoreMichael Levine
PropertiesAli Hisserich
Projection designJason H.Thompson
Stage managerKathleen Ressegger
Assistant projection designMatthew Melinger
Makeup and HairEmily McDonald
Scenic paintingJen Kays
Lauren Horowitz
Master electrician & Assistant lighting designJeff Davis
Assistant stage managerCate Cundiff
Program designKevin Fabian
Backstage CrewMary Lou Ahlenius
Diana Wyenn
Jenny Bokoch


LA Weekly Awards:

Play Writing: Jim Leonard
Original Music: Michael Levine

LA Weekly Nominations:

Production of the Year
Costume Design: Dianne K. Graebner
Lighting Design: Brian Sidney Bembridge
Set Design: Brian Sidney Bembridge

Ovation Nominations:

Sound Design – Intimate Theatre: Michael Levine & Cricket S. Myers
Lighting Design – Intimate Theatre: Brian Sidney Bembridge

GLAAD Nomination:

Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre


“Refreshingly original, smart and engaging… a perfect match for Circle X Theatre Company’s signature whimsical staging and inventive visual flair.” – Philip Brandes, LA Times

“This is among Circle X’s most exhilarating offerings – a sinfully rich theatrical adventure infused with profoundly resonant social satire that produces visceral wonderment.” — Les Spindle, Backstage West

“Watching parts of the Lincoln Memorial concert last Sunday afternoon, I wondered if theater could deliver entertainment that would be equally appropriate for this moment.
Battle Hymn answered my question.” – Don Shirley, LA City Beat

“The cast is outstanding, John Lang’s direction is inspired and tech credits are uniformly superb. Leonard’s writing is rich and often humorous, and he’s skilled at creating memorable characters.” – Terry Morgan, Variety

“A compendium of symbols that add up to a century of clashes between America’s founding principles and the betrayals of those principles that show up through history – from slavery to gay rights to religious hypocrisy. This land is our land? Hardly. And yet the prevailing symbol is that of birth, and re-birth, of ourselves.” – Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

NAACP Nomination:
Best Supporting Male – Local: Robert Manning, Jr.



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