Monday, August 14, 2017

EbzB on Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County's Artist in Schools Directory


We are excited to inform you that the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s new website has officially launched.  For the first time, we now have our Artists in Schools Directory as a searchable, online database.  We hope that this will make it easier for educators to find artists that suit their needs, and hopefully will also mean increased participation in the program. 

2017-2018 Artists in Schools Rostered Artists include EbzB Productions.  See link below...

http://www.theartscouncil.com/artist/ebzb-productions

EbzB Productions joins the Creative Arts in Public & Private Schools (CAPS) program

EbzB is delighted to be a featured artist in the 2017 -2018 Durham County Arts Council's Online Artists' Directory.  Click the link below to view our listing...

https://durhamartscouncilcaps.com/theatre-arts/ebzb-productions/

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Native by Ian Finley

Theatre and social justice: Native, by EbzB Productions
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Native by Ian Finley
Paul Green (David zum Brunnen) and Richard Wright (J. Madrice Henderson)
Photo Credit: Donna Campbell
Finding the ability to reach out to those with different points of view, or backgrounds that aren't familiar to us, is perhaps the most important work we can do today.  Like you, we see many in our country and our world who are painfully confused about some of the tumult that we see around us.

This is exactly the kind of situation and work in which Paul Green and Richard Wright found themselves in their time - specifically in 1941 - the year we depict in Native.  We offer this show with a hope to create dialogue and foster understanding.

Another Conversation Starter... 


Another opportunity to create such understanding that we've discovered is the Shaker Library's recommended reading liston race and diversity. It reminded us there are many ways to approach conversations. Shaker Library offers us examples to start with a willingness to find things in common.

Native On the Road! 


We're excited to announce the beginnings of our NC tour! In October we'll be in Hillsborough at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church as part of their Faith and the Arts series. At the end of that month, we're back in Southern Pines (where we filmed portions of the play at Weymouth). Then, we'll kick off February 2018 in High Point.

We would love to come perform Native for you and your community. Just hit reply to continue the conversation.

~EbzB Native Team
Native filming. On set at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, NC.
Native Tour Schedule
  • Fri, Oct 13: Hillsborough NC (St. Matthew's Episcopal "Faith and the Arts")
  • Mon, Oct 30: Southern Pines, NC (Pinecrest High School matinee and evening)
  • Sat, Feb 3: High Point, NC (Centennial Station Arts Center)
written by Ian Finley   |   directed by Serena Ebhardt
Native is based on the true story of the collaboration between Paul Green, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and Richard Wright, African-American author of Native Son. The two men are brought together in 1941 to adapt Wright’s novel for the Broadway stage. In spite of their common goal to affect social change, a battle ensues between Wright and Green. In a scintillating exchange about who has the right to tell a story of race, politics and social class, we see the seeds of recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charleston.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Compliment: Standing On Their Shoulders at Virginia Cross Elementary

Our Arts Integration Residency at Virginia Cross Elementary was inspirational.  Students taught EbzB and their audience about unsung heroes who have pioneered projects in science, engineering, medicine, space exploration, writing, sports and entertainment.  

Together we created a piece of devised theater, using simple glow-sticks as our only props. Parents, Chatham County leaders, and VCE students in grades 1 - 4 enjoyed the performance. A post-show discussion explained the process of creation to the engaged audience.

Special thanks to Chatham County resident Mary Delores Nettles who allowed us to interview her to create a portion of the script.  Ms. Nettles is the first female and African-American to chair a political party in Chatham County, NC.

Chatham County Arts Council and private donors made this successful residency possible. 
David and Serena,
You guys are awesome!  The two of you are truly some of the most over-the-top genuinely sincere people I've met.  Your efforts with the students the last couple of years has broadened their minds and exposed them to things that they may never get to experience again.  Thank you for your passion, excitement and caring nature.  I hope this experience can continue next year!

Chris Bowling
Assistant Principal 
Virginia Cross Elementary
David and Serena,
We cannot thank you enough for your work with our students over the last few years.  Our students have benefited tremendously from the opportunities that you have provided for them.
Allison Buckner
Principal 
Virginia Cross Elementary


David and Serena,

We want to thank you for bringing this fantastic opportunity to our students. They really did enjoy themselves and learned a ton. This is an experience I am sure they will hold near their hearts for the rest of their lives. You two work so wonderfully with the students and they love you so much as do Liz and I. 
Susan Overman
5th Grade Teacher
Virginia Cross Elementary

Monday, May 1, 2017

Compliment: This Is Why We Are Teaching Artists

The Thank You notes you see below are the main reason we are Teaching Artists. 

Students from North Chatham Elementary created a play called War Is Never Civil.
 These students now have knowledge about Dramatic Art and The US Civil War.
They know it all - from Fort Sumter, South Carolina to Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction.
We are so proud of them!




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