EZELL: BALLAD OF A LAND MAN
A Parable of Domination & Resilience from the Foothills of Appalachia
Outdoor Eco-Cultural Experience of Theater, Music, Meal & Journey:
September 28, 29 & 30 and October 1 along the Allegheny River at Tree Pittsburgh
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.
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 form 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.
Here's what to expect when you arrive on site at Tree Pittsburgh:
Act 1: The Welcome. Orient to the experience and site, connect with your journey guide and enjoy a tasty treat & drink if you'd like.
Act 2. The Journey. Make a contemplative trek with guide & group to the performance site amidst woodland art & music.*
Act 3. The Story. Witness Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man performed outdoors alongside the Allegheny River.
Act 4. The Reflection. Engage with your guide, the land and one another to reflect on the themes of Ezell as you return from the performance site for the final act.*
Act 5. The Celebration. Enjoy live music and a farm-fresh, family-style meal inspired by the season.