250 Voit Gilmore Ln
Southern Pines, NC 28387
NATIVE: A Story of our Time
*James Boyd and Paul Green (subject of the play Native) were best friends, so this is a story that is near and dear to our hearts. The Greens lived in Chapel Hill, so they often visited with the Boyds. In 1927, Green won the Pulitzer Prize for his play In Abraham’s Bosom, and his symphonic drama, The Lost Colony, is still in production.
EbzB Productions filmed their promotional footage of this play at Weymouth and as part of the payment, Weymouth asked for two productions, one as our gift to the local school system the other evening production we could share with the public. Pinecrest High School students will see the play during the day on the 30th.
The play Native by Ian Finley is a relevant and powerful production based on the true story of the collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Green and the controversial 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.
This powerful play details the metamorphic debate between Paul Green and Richard Wright. The authors are originally brought together by the Mercury Theatre to adapt Wright’s novel, Native Son for the stage. Green, a white southern professor who advocates for social justice, 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.