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Happy Holidays from EbzB Productions! Thank you for a wonderful Season!

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Thank you for a wonderful season!
-David and Serena Ebhardt zum Brunnen

Compliment: Night Before Christmas Carol, New Bern, NC

Dear David and Serena,

It was a pleasure to meet you and I am glad you enjoyed your trip to New Bern. We had a fantastic response to the performance.  I'm sure audience members must have shared their compliments with both of you.

Thank you for donating copies of your DVD's to the library.  I look forward to seeing War Bonds after our recent trip and touring the World War II museum.  I appreciate your generosity. You were both so easy to work with.  I hope we can do so again.  Merry Christmas.

Sincerely,

Joanne Straight
New Bern Public Library
New Bern, NC

Deep Dish Theater will present a developmental workshop of Native, anew play written by Ian Finley, January 14-18.

CHAPEL HILL — Deep Dish Theater will present a developmental workshop of Native, a new play written by Ian Finley, January 14-18, 2015. Directed by Serena Ebhardt, the workshop continues the company's 14th season at University Mall.
Native is based on the true story of the collaboration between celebrated playwright and North Carolina icon, Paul Green, and the celebrated novelist Richard Wright, the author most famously of Native Son. The two men were brought together to adapt Wright's novel for Orson Welles' Broadway production, and the play explores the battle of wills that ensued.

Ian Finley is an area 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 2-part musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure for Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, Up from the Ground for the Piedmont …

NATIVE Workshop at Deep Dish Theater January 14 -18, 2015

New Play Workshop 2015 Announced!
December 10th, 2014
Deep Dish Theater will present a developmental workshop of Native, a new play by Triangle playwright and former Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley, January 14-18. Directed by Serena Ebhardt, the workshop continues the company's 14th season at University Mall.

Native is based on the true story of the collaboration between celebrated playwright and North Carolina icon, Paul Green, and the celebrated novelist Richard Wright, the author most famously of Native Son. The two men were brought together to adapt Wright's novel for Orson Welles' Broadway production, and the play explores the battle of wills that ensued.

Ian Finley is an area 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 2-part musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure for Burn…

Night Before Christmas Carol at Gem Theatre in Calhoun, GA

Calhoun’s downtown GEM Theatre is set to play host a production of “Night Before Christmas Carol” on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. EbzB Productions, which brought “War Bonds” to the GEM stage in 2012, is set to return with “Night Before Christmas Carol,” an historically accurate and highly humorous holiday production by renowned Dickens scholar, Elliott Engel.
It takes place in 1843 on the night that Charles Dickens dreams up his idea for a ghostly little Christmas book that becomes world famous. As he composes his winter morality tale, the audience watches the real Dickens explain his inspirations. Tickets range from $8 for students to $12 for GEM members and $15 for the general public. For more information, visit www.calhoungem.org or 706-625-3132. The GEM Box Office is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m.

War, Peace and Sexuality: A Critical Review of Weill's Johnny Johnson

War, Peace and Sexuality: A Critical Review of Weill’s Johnny Johnson Kamaira Philips Musc 202 December 3rd, 2014 Concert Report I didn’t expect to like Johnny Johnson. I was not intrigued by the thought of a World War I musical. Johnny Johnson is a musical that was written by Kurt Weill and Paul Green in 1936 between two of the largest wars in history (WWI and WWII) about the perception of pacifism during war. A musical about war seemed like an odd and disrespectful juxtaposition as opposed to a musical used to keep spirits up during war. However, Johnny Johnson was a great portrayal of social issues that were relevant in the 1930s and that are still relevant today. One question posed by the protagonist was “What is the point of war?” and it was answered with “WWI is a war to put down and end war.” The dialogue posed these reflective questions throughout the musical, causing the audience to evaluate their own views on war, peace, social conventions and politics. A huge takeaway for me was …

December 7--The Night Before Christmas Carol, 3 p.m.

Join us December 7, 2014 -- The Night Before Christmas Carol, 3 p.m.
Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library 400 Johnson Street, New Bern, NC 28560
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Review, Compliment: In “Johnny Johnson,” Johnny Came Home Damaged —Really Damaged — from the War to End All Wars

http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2014/11/in-johnny-johnson-johnny-came-home-damaged-really-damaged-from-the-war-to-end-all-wars/
Kenan Theatre Company guest director Serena Ebhardt and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill music professor Dr. Tim Carter succeeded beyond our already high expectations in bringing Paul Green and Kurt Weill’s1936 production of Johnny Johnson, to the stage in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the UNC Center for Dramatic Art. The show is a first-class smash. This presentation will set the standard for future productions as well as establish this script over the other versions lying around. Its anti-war theme is developed early on and just keeps on building till the last song, “Johnny’s Song,” is sung. The story line has Johnny, a monument maker, being persuaded, eventually, by his girlfriend, to enlist in the Army when America joins the war in Europe in 1917. It is not a happy decision for Johnny, who is inept as a soldier, pacifist and strong…

Compliment, Review: Johnny Johnson at Kenan Theatre Company

“Johnny Johnson” was a great production all around, for many reasons. The show is certainly not one that plays itself and must have a creative vision and understanding to get it across. Your direction made it feel all of a piece with each segment part of defined arc. The pacing was astonishingly tight and so satisfying to see the actors understand what it takes to make a show vibrant. And the actors were on the same track, all so wonderfully aware of the need to stay focused and keep to the established world of the show. In such a large cast, it was significant that, no matter the size of the part, everyone contributed at the highest level.

The physical production added so much to the enjoyment of the production, not only from the historical perspective but in the clever use of certain photos for commentary and others for artistic and spacial impact. The orchestra was a show on its own, so marvelously right for Weill’s special musical world. The choreography had an intriguing layer of …

Night Before Christmas Carol, The Cary Theatre, December 12, 2014

‘The Night Before Christmas Carol’ Presented by EBZB Productions Where and when: The Cary Theater, Cary, NC Dec. 12 Target audience: Older teens and adults Description: Actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens in his study on Christmas Eve, 1843, the night the author dreams up the tale that will become a holiday classic. Watch for: The creation of 17 different characters merely through hats, scarves and shawls, as well as a wide variety of accents. Tickets and info: $10 (seniors $8). 919-462-2051 or  thecarytheater.com

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/11/29/4362893/holiday-stage-shows-for-triangle.html#storylink=cpy

Review: Johnny Johnson, Directed by Serena Ebhardt

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http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2014/11/in-johnny-johnson-johnny-came-home-damaged-really-damaged-from-the-war-to-end-all-wars/


In “Johnny Johnson,” Johnny Came Home Damaged — Really Damaged — from the War to End All Wars Posted by  • November 23rd, 2014 •  

Kenan Theatre Company guest directorSerena Ebhardtand University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill music professor Dr. Tim Cartersucceeded beyond our already high expectations in bringing Paul Green and Kurt Weill’s 1936 production of Johnny Johnson, to the stage in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the UNC Center for Dramatic Art. The show is a first-class smash. This presentation will set the standard for future productions as well as establish this script over the other versions lying around. Its anti-war theme is developed early on and just keeps on building till the last song, “Johnny’s Song,” is sung.

The story line has Johnny, a monument maker, being persuaded, eventually, by his gir…

View the Virtual Playbill ® for Johnny Johnson - , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

WUNC Radio Interview on Johnny Johnson with Serena Ebhardt, Tim Carter, and cast members.

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Listen to WUNC's State of Things Interview with the artists from the UNC Production of Johnny Johnson by Paul Green and Kurt Weill...

http://wunc.org/post/chapel-hill-playwrights-social-commentary-world-war-i




The collaborative art: the making of Johnny Johnson with Serena Ebhardt

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In another time: UNC presents restored version of WWI musical | The Herald-Sun

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Kenan Theatre Company presents restored version of ‘Johnny Johnson’ Nov. 20-24, 2014

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Directed by Serena Ebhardt, Guest Professor. http://uncnews.unc.edu/2014/10/14/kenan-theatre-company-presents-restored-version-johnny-johnson-nov-20-24/


Paul Green, Jr. and The Cast of KTC's Johnny Johnson
Kenan Theatre Company presents restored version of ‘Johnny Johnson’ Nov. 20-24 For immediate use
Kenan Theatre Company presents restored version of ‘Johnny Johnson’ Nov. 20-24
Musical play written by UNC playwright Paul Green and German composer Kurt Weill and performed by UNC students is part of a year-long conversation on the legacy of World War I
(Chapel Hill, N.C.—Oct. 14, 2014) – The world premiere of the restored version of “Johnny Johnson”by Paul Green and Kurt Weillwith text and music not heard since 1937, will be staged at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nov. 20-24.
Performances will take place in the Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art, on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. (with a post-show discussion), Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. (with a pre-show symposium)…

War Bonds - Three Year Contract To Air On Public Television Renewed.

War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II - Three Year Contract To Air On Public Television Renewed.

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Review: “Blood Done Sign My Name” Is a Hard-Hitting Script, Powerfully Performed by Playwright Mike Wiley | Triangle Arts and Entertainment

“Blood Done Sign My Name” Is a Hard-Hitting Script, Powerfully Performed by Playwright Mike Wiley | Triangle Arts and Entertainment


“Blood Done Sign My Name” Is a Hard-Hitting Script, Powerfully Performed by Playwright Mike Wiley

Posted by Martha Keravuori and Chuck Galle+ • June 2nd, 2014 •

Author Timothy B. Tyson’s memoir of racial tensions in Oxford during the 1960s and 1970s has been adapted for stage by Mike Wiley, an actor and playwright based in Raleigh, NC. Blood Done Sign My Name is the second in this year’s Theatre Raleigh “Hot Summer Nights” series.

As the real-life Eddie McCoy, who attended the Thursday May 29th, performance and participated in the talkback discussion afterwards, said of the effects of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “They didn’t just open the door up and say ‘Y’all come in, integration done come.’ Somebody was bruised and kicked and knocked around — you better believe it.” This story brings that truth to life.

Token integration, the smile that accompanied …