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New Evening Plays for Battle of Atlanta Sesquicentennial

By Henry Bryant
This year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta and the BATL organization is planning a big year for their annual commemoration on the battlefield from July 12th to July 20th (with even a few things on dates outside of that week). There will be several new features this year.
In one of those BATL will present the East Atlanta Village Guerrilla Theater production of Carol Burnett’s “Went with the Wind” and an original adaptation “Letters Home.” That’s two short shows wrapped into an hour of  entertainment that will take you on an emotional roller coaster.   A dramatic description of the Civil War from the ones who lived it is portrayed in the EAVGT’s original adaptation of the book Bull Run in their performance “Letters Home,” and in true East Atlanta style, a comedic ending is provided by a rambunctious rendition of the Carol Burnett parody, “Went with the Wind.” The theatrical evenings will take place in Reynoldstown at the Lang Carson Center on Friday, July 11th, 8pm; Sunday, July 13th, 2pm; Thursday, July 17th,  8pm; and a final matinee performance on Sunday, July 20th, 2pm. Tickets are just $10 before July 8th, $15 at the door. Kids are free with ticketed adults.
In a switch up single performance designed for adult audiences during BATL week, everyone is invited to listen to master storytellers bring alive the Civil War in a new theatre piece of voices from the past, “Echoes of the Civil War.” BATL is partnering with The Southern Order of Storytellers to present this exciting production of tales starring Christina Johns, Barry Stewart Mann, Sarah Beth Nelson, Ann Ritter and Terri Surratt with music from The Bow Weevils string ensemble. “Echoes” will be presented only on Friday, July 18th at 7pm at the Lang Carson Community Center – 100 Flat Shoals Ave. in Reynoldstown a location at the center of the fighting in July of 1864. Tickets are only $10 before July 16th and $15 at the door.
Tickets for all shows are available online at This is just one of the many programs of this year’s BATL event Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta. For more information about this program and the others during BATL week July 12th-20th go to as well or contact: 404-377-6148

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