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Compliment: Native [Hillsborough, NC]

There are so many adjectives that could be used to describe the performance ofNative,a play by High School drama teacher Ian Finley and directed by Serena Ebhardt and starring David zum Brunnen as Paul Green and Josh Henderson as Richard Wright and produced by EbzB Productions, that this review would just be too long.

Set in 1941 before America enters WWII in a hotel in New York City between the Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Paul Green and the author of "Native Son" Richard Wright to finalize the script adaptation of Wright's book into a Broadway play the story starts off placidly, but quickly escalates between the two men as to how the final scene should end. Flashbacks of childhood and into the heart of the story of Native Son are interspersed to bring the audience into the minds of the men and their backgrounds. One a well-known southern professor and playwright, the other a black author born poor in Mississippi and…

EbzB Recommends Emily Post's Audience Etiquette Advice

EbzB Recommends Emily Post's Audience Etiquette Advice

Manners at a Performance
Today, there’s a wealth of entertainment offered in widely differing settings, but the following fundamentals of good audience behavior are adaptable to virtually any situation:
No talking, unless audience participation is requested by the performers. If something must be said, whisper it quickly. Excessively shushing a talkative neighbor can be just as disturbing.Use good posture. Auditorium seating is often arranged so that the person in the seat behind can see between the two seats in front, so slumping sideways or lounging on a partner’s shoulder blocks the view.Remove hats. Ladies, if your hat is part of your outfit, you can keep it on as long as it doesn’t block anyone’s view.Noises off. Turn off cell phones, beepers, audible watches, and any other sound-making gadgets before any performance.Lights out.  Don’t forget, the screen on your mobile de…

Before Charlottesville, Before Charleston, Before Ferguson: Native

Before Charlottesville, Before Charleston, Before Ferguson: Native Drama allows opportunity to gain understanding.

Native dramatizes the friendship and collaboration between Paul Green and Richard Wright. The authors are brought together to adapt Wright’s novel, Native Son for Broadway. 
In 1941 Paul Green is a UNC professor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who is also known for The Lost Colony. Richard Wright is the controversial author of Native Son, a groundbreaking work on the systemic discrimination of African-Americans. 
Green and Wright forge a deep respect for each other.  Yet, in a heated discussion over a single page of their Broadway script, they argue about who has the right to tell the story of race, politics and social class.  Ultimately the revelations dissolve their friendship in spite of their common goal to affect social change.
EbzB Productions’ Native is based on the true story of Green and Wright’s collaboration.  This event hopes to inspire audiences …

North Carolina Presenters Consortium - 2017 Showcases

EbzB Productions showcases Native at ArtsMarket

We are pleased to announce the showcasing artists for ArtsMarket 2017, taking place November 6-8 in Durham, NC! Showcases are scheduled throughout the three days at the historic Carolina Theatre of Durham. Artists were selected through a highly competitive application process, and will each present a 15-minute showcase performance at one of the venues. 

EbzB Productions will showcase their new play: Native
Wednesday, November 8, 2017. 
Showcase "E" at the Carolina Theatre of Durham

EbzB on Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County's Artist inSchools 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...

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...

Native Demo (:58)


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 th…

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!

Compliment: Arts Integration Residency on The Civil War

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


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
North Chatham Elementary School

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 NativeNotes. 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 Theat…

EbzB Productions Launches Native By Ian Finley

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 NativeSon, 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 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, NativeSon 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 st…

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 standardsCore 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 pr…

The Art Of Love

A New Cabaret by EbzB

The Art of Love -
Premieres February 18, 2017 at Davie County Arts Council, NC