EBZB PRODUCTIONS HONORED BY NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY AND HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION WITH THE 2017 HARDEE-RIVES AWARD FOR DRAMATIC ARTS

November 13, 2017

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EBZB PRODUCTIONS HONORED BY NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY AND HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION WITH THE 2017 HARDEE-RIVES AWARD FOR DRAMATIC ARTS 


[Raleigh, NC]   EbzB Productions, Inc, has been chosen by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, North Carolina’s venerated and oldest civic organization, as the winner of the 2017 Hardee-Rives Award For Dramatic Arts. This award is presented in recognition of “excellent, exemplary work in and significant contribution and service to the dramatic arts in North Carolina.”  

Founded in 1998, EbzB Productions, Inc. strives to develop original, touring theatrical productions to promote integrity and authenticity, self-discovery and positive transformation of individuals, artists, audiences, and communities.  Past recipients of the Hardee-Rives Award For Dramatic Arts include Bo Thorpe, Bland Simpson, William Ivey Long, the Roanoke Island Historical Association, Samm-Art Williams, Terrance Mann, Manbites Dog Theater, and National Black Theater Festival.

The awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Brownstone-University Hotel, 1701 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605. It will feature a keynote address, “From Slavery to Civil Rights: An Aural History Tour,” by Mary D. Williams from the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. EbzB Productions, represented by co-founders Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen, will be present to accept the Hardee-Rives Award for Dramatic Arts on behalf of their company. 

EbzB Productions is extremely grateful for the contributions of their artistic associates since the company’s inception, including Matthew Addison, Rachael Z. Alley, Robert Bartusch, Aaron Bittikofer, Derek Boehmler, Albert Boulus, Jerry Bowers, Julie Bradley, Sean A. Brosnahan, Ed Butler, Donna Campbell, Judy Chang,  Alisha Coleman, Howard Craft, Bertron Curtis, Marc Davis, Mike Davis, Scott H. Davis, Christa Devitt, Greg Dixon, Steve Dubay, Serena Ebhardt, Charlie Elliott, Dr. Elliot Engel, Daniel Erickson, Demetrice Everett,  Georgann Eubanks, Gil Faison, Wade Dansby Ferguson III, Larry R. Ferguson, Jr., Ian L. Finley, Greg Florin, Julie Florin, Paul Frellick, Warren Gentry, Mark Gloden, Stephon Goodwin, Michael Goolsby, Wycliffe Gordon, Gabrieal Griego, John R. Harris, Mimi Herman, Danny Infante, Rasool Jahan, Sean Michael Jaenicke, David K. Johnston, Wayne Leechford, Gordon Lewis, Bob Lightfoot, Drew Lile, J. Mardrice, Andrew Marks, John McIlwee, Voyce McGinley III, Brian McKinney, David Moyer, Brenton Northern, Mike Palter, Diane Petteway, Jeff Raab, Clarence Tre Raeford III, Paul Rogers, Hilary Russo, Josh Rzepka, David Sebren, Josh Shapiro, Nic Slaton, Al Strong, Devra Thomas, Alex Thompson, Jonathon D. Tillotson, Marley Toben, Ramona Traynor, Stephen Wall, Kit Weinert, Nancy Whelan, Michael Whitman, Quentin Whidbee, Mike Wiley, Kevin Wilson, Thurman Woods, Carlton zum Brunnen, and David zum Brunnen.

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October 23, 2017

Dear Ms. Ebhardt and Mr. zum Brunnen:

I am very pleased to inform you that EbzB Productions has been chosen by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, North Carolina’s oldest civic organization, as the winner of the 2017 Hardee-Rives Dramatic Arts Award. This award is presented in recognition of “excellent, exemplary work in and significant contribution and service to the dramatic arts in North Carolina.” Past recipients include Bo Thorpe, Bland Simpson, William Ivey Long, the Roanoke Island Historical Association, Samm-Art Williams, Terrance Mann, and the National Black Theater Festival. 

The dinner and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Brownstone-University Hotel, 1701 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605. The dinner will commence at 6:00 P.M. with a preceding social hour beginning at 5:00. 

If you would like to learn more about our Association, please visit our website at: https://www.ncdcr.gov/about/history/lit-and-hist .

Congratulations on this well-deserved award. 
Sincerely,

Parker Backstrom
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary
Office of Archives and History
NC Department of Cultural Resources 


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