Saturday, April 8, 2017

Compliment: Arts Integration Residency on The Civil War

David,
It was a wonderful experience. I never imagined that one could create such a wonderful educational and enjoyable history program for 5th graders.
Thank you for including me.
Best wishes,
Wade Barber
BARBER & BARBER, PLLC

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David and Serena,

What a great report!
I am so proud of the students and to be part (even though I wasn't there) of the whole experience.  One of the bus drivers came back this afternoon, and shared that today was a perfect day for him!  He was impressed with the entire event! 

Thank you all for working so hard to make this event happen!  I look forward to seeing footage/photos and more. 

Thank you all!

Carla Murry
Principal
North Chatham Elementary School

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Native - Inspired Theater For Relevant Discussions

Native - Inspired Theater For Relevant Discussions:

Native Notes


Can theatre illuminate social justice conversations? Can theatre open minds and promote positive change in our world? We believe it can.

EbzB Productions explores how history prepares us for discussions about race, class, politics, responsibility, and opportunities to evolve.  Our newest production, Native, is another example of
relevant historical material that will inspire a conversation for today's world.

Welcome to Native Notes. We hope these updates will help you to use
theatre in your community to foster dialogue and bring people together. We'll share examples and information on social justice inspired projects -- cultural and artistic.

Our own social justice inspired project is a new drama called 
Native, about North Carolina native, Paul Green and Native Son author Richard Wright.

Native details the transformative debate between Paul Green and Richard Wright. The writers were brought together by the Mercury Theatre to adapt Wright’s novel, Native Son for the stage. Green, a white southern professor, and Wright, a self-educated African-American with communist sympathies, forge a deep respect for each other as they explore systemic discrimination of African-Americans. They start their collaboration in Chapel Hill, NC like a “house on fire.” Then in 1941, with World War II on the horizon, the two authors meet again in New York for rewrites. Orson Welles’ Broadway production is already in rehearsal. Differences over a single page of the script create an impasse between Green and Wright. A life-changing dialogue about who has the right to tell the story of race, politics and social class ensues. In spite of their common goal to affect social change, the scintillating revelations dissolve the friendship of the two influential social justice authors.

EbzB's hope is to program this production as part of social justice community events. Our work has been seen internationally, at performing arts centers, colleges, high schools, churches, community festivals, and more. Check out 
excerpts of the production on our website.

EbzB Productions, Inc. is a professional theatre company striving to develop original, touring theatrical productions to promote integrity, self-discovery and positive transformation of individuals, artists, audiences, and communities.

Thank you for the work you do to promote justice, education and the arts. Please let us know how we may help you.

Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen
~EbzB Productions

www.ebzb.org

*Please share this information with other organizations who might partner with you on social justice programming!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

EbzB Productions Launches Native By Ian Finley


Native, a new play by Ian Finley is now available for booking at venues across the United States.  Native is a relevant and powerful production based on the true story of the collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winner, Paul Green, and the prodigy author of Native Son, Richard Wright. Produced by EbzB Productions, Native features David zum Brunnen as Paul Green and J. Mardrice as Richard Wright. Serena Ebhardt directs.  For information, demo reel, rates and availability, please visit www.ebzb.org or contact: EbzB Productions: 919-387-4616.

Native details the metamorphic debate between Paul Green and Richard Wright. The authors were originally brought together by the Mercury Theatre to adapt Wright’s novel, Native Son for the stage. Green, a white southern professor, and Wright, a self-educated African-American with communist sympathies,  forge a deep respect for each other as they discuss systemic discrimination of African-Americans.  They start their collaboration in Chapel Hill, NC like a “house on fire.” 

Then in 1941, with World War II on the horizon, the two authors meet again in New York for rewrites.  Orson Welles’ Broadway production is already in rehearsal.  Differences over a single page of the script create an impasse between Green and Wright.  A life-changing dialogue about who has the right to tell the story of race, politics and social class ensues.  In spite of their common goal to affect social change, the scintillating revelations dissolve the friendship of the two influential social justice authors.

Native is written by Ian Finley, a playwright and educator who served as the NC Piedmont Laureate in 2012. He received the Harry Kondoleon Award for playwriting while earning his MFA at New York University's Tisch School of Performing Arts. His plays include a two-part musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure for Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, Up From the Ground for the Piedmont Laureate program, and two ten-minute plays for the Ackland Art Museum. He also serves as Head of Drama at Research Triangle High School.

    EBZB Productions, Inc. is a professional theatre company striving to develop original, touring theatrical productions to promote integrity, self-discovery and positive transformation of individuals, artists, audiences, and communities.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Workshop: February 24, 2017. The Play’s The Thing: Catch The Conscious Of Your Students With Arts Integration

Professional Development Workshop:   
The Play’s The Thing: Catch The Conscious Of Your Students With Arts Integration. New Hanover County Schools, Wilmington, NC

Find new ways to meet:
  • ESL standards
  • Common Core standards
  • Core Arts Standards of Create, Perform, Respond
On February 24, 2017 you are invited to participate in a professional development workshop for K - 8 educators.  You must wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to play!

All you have to do to make an “A”  in this class-- Open your mind and participate.  This arts integration workshop, led by Serena Ebhardt of EbzB Productions, will inspire you to use dramatic art as a teaching tool in your classroom.  You will leave the workshop with materials to recreate the experience for your own students. You will also discuss modifying the technique to serve any curriculum. 

Ebhardt explains and models arts integration for educators. She uses visual art, music, found-objects, text, speech and movement to create a devised dramatic presentation which incorporates curriculum standards. Participants are asked to mindfully and physically engage with the lesson; to synthesize personal connections to the material; and to work as an ensemble. Activities inspire inclusiveness and self-esteem.  Physicalization and vocalization enhance memory— useful for recall on tests.  Ebhardt also incorporates the basic tools of an actor (Breath, Body, Eyes, Face  and Voice),  which will serve you and your students for effective everyday communication.

Trained in the models of The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts “Artists as Educators:  Planning Effective Workshops” for Arts in Education; The Lincoln Center Institute’s International Educator Workshop; and the National Center for Creative Aging, Ebhardt has extensive experience working with students, teachers, elders, and business professionals in on-site residencies and workshops.  For more information on EbzB Productions and Serena Ebhardt, visit www.ebzb.org


The Play’s The Thing: Catch The Conscious Of Your Students With Arts Integration.

Date:  February 24, 2017

Time: 1 - 4 p.m.

Location:  Roland Grise Middle School Auditorium, 4412 Lake Avenue, Wilmington, NC  28403

Contact: R. Timothy McCoy
Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor
New Hanover County Schools
910-254-4290

The Art Of Love

A New Cabaret by EbzB

The Art of Love - http://ebzb.org/the-art-of-love-love-notes.html
Premieres February 18, 2017 at Davie County Arts Council, NC

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Compliment: Night Before Christmas Carol, Inverness, Florida

David,

It was our pleasure having such a professional grace the stage.

It makes my day (month, year) when I heard the patron and you talking about this being his first play and how much he enjoyed it.

I’d say that this is one of the main reasons why we do what we do.

In addition, kudos to Steven (Wall).

God bless us, everyone!

Regards,
Alan Forino
Valerie Theater
Inverness, Florida

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Compliment: Night Before Christmas Carol - Hillsboro, TX

Hi David and Serena,

Your performances of The Night Before Christmas Carol were absolutely wonderful. No matter what age, they all loved your portrayal of Charles Dickens. The intermediate-middle school students were totally engaged during your performance and gained so much knowledge from the presentation and also the Q&A which followed. From the questions asked it was easy to see that the students really connected with your presentation. Whether 10 years old or 90 Charles Dickens truly came to life for everyone.

You and Serena were such a pleasure to work with and all of us from the Performing Arts Department at Hill College. Hope you'll come back again. I wish you both a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

All the best,
Phillip

Phillip Lowe
Coordinator of Visual & Performing Arts
Hill College
Hillsboro, TX

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Night Before Christmas Carol: Hill College, TX

http://hillsbororeporter.com/christmas-show-planned-at-hill-college-p20946-54.htm

Christmas Show Planned At Hill College

Thu, Nov 24, 2016
The second Performing Arts Series event at Hill College com-bines two well-known Christmas traditions into one magical evening of entertainment.

Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m., David zum Brunnen will bring the story of Dickens’ creation of his famous morality tale, “A Christmas Carol,” to life on the Hill College stage.

The production is suitable for all ages and will be presented to students from local school districts on both Thursday and Friday, December 2.

Professor Elliot Engel, who has taught at Duke University, North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina, specializes in the life and work of Charles Dickens and wrote “The Night Before Christmas Carol” to bring to the stage the events that led to Dickens’ writing of the well-known tale, specifically on the night he dreamed up the story.

Those who attend will be treated to the historically accurate and highly humorous staging of these events, a solo performance by a veteran of stage, television and screen, David zum Brunnen.

Also hailing from North Carolina, Mr. zum Brunnen is an activist and advocate for theater, having served as executive director of the North Carolina Theatre Conference and Board Chair for Arts North Carolina.

His performances of “The Night Before Christmas Carol” on national and international stages have earned excellent reviews from critics.

Perhaps more significantly, the great-grandson of Charles Dickens claims, “David absolutely becomes my great-grandfather on stage.”

The production is directed by his wife and business partner, Serena Ebhardt.

As always, this performance is provided to the community free of charge thanks to the generosity of college and community donors and will take place in the Vara Martin Daniel Performing Arts Center, just behind the Texas Heritage Museum on the Hillsboro campus.

No tickets are required, and seating is first-come, first-served. A reception will follow the performance hosted by the Hillsboro Monday Review Club.

Donors are invited to support the Hill College Performing Arts Series by becoming a Benefactor ($100), a Sustainer ($50), a Patron ($25) or a Supporter ($10).

Also, for a donation of $1,000 or more, a donor can become a Lifetime Benefactor.

Names of lifetime benefactors, benefactors, sustainers, patrons and supporters appear in each program.

Donations may be sent to: Hill College Music Dept., Attention: Phillip Lowe, 112 Lamar Drive, Hillsboro, TX 76645.

For more information on the performers and performances and to view promotional videos of each group, visit the Hill College homepage at hillcollege.edu and click on “Performing Arts Series” found in the drop-down menu under “Quick Links” in the center of the page

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Night Before Christmas Carol: Mid-Continent Public Library, MO

Night Before Christmas Carol at MCPL, MO

http://www.mymcpl.org/events/winter-holidays

http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?m=33190&l=1#{%22issue_id%22:346427,%22page%22:16}

Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol." Renowned Dickens scholar, author, playwright, and lecturer, Elliot Engel has crafted a work that allows David zum Brunnen to portray the 17 "Christmas Carol" characters and Charles Dickens himself. Recommended highly by the Dickens family, MCPL is privileged to offer this performance to continue its Dickens tradition!
Ages 8 and up

Blue Springs North Branch
Monday, November 28
1:30 p.m.
Woodneath Library Center
Monday, November 28
7:00 p.m.
Register