Join Clear Creek Cre­ative for the Pitts­burgh pre­miere of Ezell: Bal­lad of a Land Man.

Ezell: Bal­lad of a Land Man is an envi­ron­men­tal, cul­tur­al, and spir­i­tu­al para­ble derived from liv­ing in the foothills of Appalachia, one man among many seek­ing to make sense of the time, place, and con­di­tion in which we live. In the sto­ry, Ezel­l’s choic­es, trau­mas, and ances­tors inter­sect with themes of dom­i­na­tion and resilience as he seeks to take advan­tage of an antic­i­pat­ed frack­ing boom and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to recon­nect with the peo­ple and land of his raising.

The per­for­mance of Ezell is sur­round­ed by an immer­sive expe­ri­ence that calls to our col­lec­tive desire for con­nec­tion and belong­ing, that reveres nature and binds us inti­mate­ly with­in its embrace, that invokes the resilience, love, and lessons of our ances­tors and gen­er­a­tions yet to come.

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Ezell was per­formed at Tree Pitts­burgh Sep­tem­ber 28-Octo­ber 1. Thank you to Clear Creek Cre­ative for bring­ing this pow­er­ful per­for­mance to Pittsburgh.

We acknowl­edge the priv­i­lege and com­plex­i­ty of liv­ing, work­ing, and pro­duc­ing this expe­ri­ence on the lands of the Alleghe­ny Riv­er as well as the Aniyun­wiyvi (Chero­kee), Shawan­wa­ki (Shawnee), and oth­er peo­ples indige­nous to the place from which Ezell arose. We strive to be good stew­ards of the lands and to resolve the lega­cies of oppres­sion and dom­i­na­tion that have come before and per­sist today. We offer the expe­ri­ence of Ezell with a hum­ble, heal­ing spir­it and in recog­ni­tion of all those who have come before and are yet to come in this place and in all the places we visit.

The Pitts­burgh pre­miere of Ezell is made pos­si­ble through local sup­port from the Hen­ry John Simonds Foun­da­tion and Tree Pitts­burgh with addi­tion­al sup­port from:

The New Eng­land Foun­da­tion for the Arts’ Nation­al The­ater Project, with lead fund­ing from the Andrew W. Mel­lon Foun­da­tion and addi­tion­al fund­ing from the Doris Duke Char­i­ta­ble Foundation.

Ezell is a Nation­al Per­for­mance Net­work (NPN) Cre­ation & Devel­op­ment Fund Project co-com­mis­sioned by Car­pet­bag The­ater in part­ner­ship with Mon­do Bizarro and NPN.

Ezell is made pos­si­ble, in part, through a Con­tin­u­a­tion grant for our part­ner­ship with Mon­do Bizarro from the Net­work off Ensem­ble The­aters’ Trav­el & Exchange Net­work (NET/TEN), sup­port­ed by lead fund­ing rom the Andrew W. Mel­lon Foundation.

Ezell has also been sup­port­ed through an Al Smith Fel­low­ship Award grant­ed to Bob Mar­tin for artis­tic excel­lence from the Ken­tucky Arts Coun­cil, the state arts agency, which is sup­port­ed by state tax dol­lars and fed­er­al fund­ing from the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts.

The tour of Ezell to com­mu­ni­ties on the front­lines of the fos­sil fuel econ­o­my is sup­port­ed by the Cho­rus Foun­da­tion as they work togeth­er with our com­mu­ni­ties for a just tran­si­tion to a fair and sus­tain­able economy.

Ezell was seed­ed and evolved over many years with the sup­port of Alter­nate ROOTS through the Part­ners in Action pro­gram, an Artis­tic Assis­tance grant, fis­cal spon­sor­ship and the ongo­ing learn­ing & sup­port of an amaz­ing net­work of artists.

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