Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man



July 29 & 30, 2022 Fri. & Sat with ticket pick-up by 6:15 pm | Sun. July 31 with ticket pickup by 10:15 AM
“G-Rated” – for both adults and family audiences.
ALL  PERFORMANCES ARE NOW SOLD OUT. There may be a few seats available at tbe door. .Please email us to get on the waiting list.

Written and Performed by Bob Martin (Clear Creek Creative | Disputanta, KY)
Produced by Carrie Brunk (Clear Creek Creative | Disputanta, KY)
Directed by Nick Slie (Mondo Bizarro | New Orleans, LA)
Designed by Jeff Becker (Catapult Studios | New Orleans, LA)
Music Direction & Performance by Cory Shenk, with
Musician and Design Support by Rachel Meirs
Guided by: Hannah Burt, Matthew Glassman, Lisa Moraschi Shattuck
with support from: Kathie deNobriga, Holly Gettings, Lee Heintzelman

An environmental, cultural and spiritual parable of domination and resilience Ezell explores the complexities of today’s issues of climate change, indigenous erasure, and environmental extraction (fracking) — and is based on the artists’ lived experience in their rural Appalachian community.

In the play, Ezell, the central character, is faced with a choice when offered a job to buy mineral rights on behalf of the oil & gas industry in anticipation of a fracking boom and the chance to reconnect with the people and land of his raising.

This immersive experience features a contemplative walk through the woods to the performance site with live music, the play, a return walk and a post-show dialogue with the artists and a panel of local experts.

Post-show discussions with the artists & guest experts will follow each performance in the air-conditioned Mainstage in Emily Dickinson Hall.  Friday Host: Kathie deNobriga with guest Sarah Pirtle of Hands Across the Hills; Saturday Host: Will MacAdams; Sunday Host: Kermit Dunkelberg

The production will be presented outdoors for small audiences on land that is part of the Hampshire College Farm Center, and will involve a 10-minute guided walk from the Box Office at Emily Dickinson Hall on the Hampshire College campus.

We will have folding chairs and risers. Some ground seating may be available in front.

We are dedicated to making this performance handicapped accessible. If you have accessibility concerns, please contact us at info@kofest.com so that we may determine the best way for you to access the event.

The play will be presented rain or shine – so bring your umbrellas, ponchos, and appropriate footgear. If there is lightning or a severe downpour slated for one of our performance times, we have a raindate scheduled for Sunday, August 31st at 6:15 PM.

After the show, please join the artistic team and a panel of experts for a post-show discussion in the air-conditioned Mainstage Theater in Emily Dickinson Hall.

As we will be traveling in guided groups to the performance location, it is imperative that you pick up your tickets by the stated pickup time. Tickets not picked up at that point will be released to the waiting list.

So that we may protect the most vulnerable among us, all audience members must be masked with an N-95 or KN-95 mask, worn so it covers both the nose and mouth. All members of the Artistic Team and Ko Staff have been vaxed, boosted and are tested before performances. We suggest that you test before attending the event, as well.

SKU: EZELL Category:



JEFF BECKER is a designer, director and sculptor who specializes in audience interactive performances and outdoor spectacles,. His work focus on issues surrounding racism, abuse of power and environmental justice. He has toured extensively nationally (his designs for Loup Garou amazed Ko audiences in 2010) and abroad and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Jeff is the co-founder of Catapult, a performance laboratory in New Orleans dedicated to the development of original theatre and innovative design. setsalive.com

CARRIE BRUNK lives and loves in the foothills of Appalachian Kentucky where she co-stewards a solar-powered off-grid farm, artistic venue & eco-cultural retreat through Clear Creek Creative. She finds joy and curiosity in the garden and in a wide range of creative endeavors…writing, ritual, pottery, costuming, spatial design, culinary & healing arts. In her spare time, she works as a facilitator, educator, producer and somatic coach for transformative personal and systems change. clearcreekcreative.net

HANNAH BURT ✨   vibes: 💃🏻+ 🐥+ 💀+🤗  more: @hannahburt ///www.hanna-burt.com

BOB MARTIN  – Robert Bobby B Martin lives and works in the foothills of Appalachia on Clear Creek in Disputanta , Kentucky. He is creatively engaged with the ancestors, the natural world, youth and those in service of stories that witness and transform the world around them. Hey internet! How do you make a living being a rural community theater artists/cultural organizer/producer/educator/land steward/rogue forest ranger? Best you can. Give thanks. clearcreekcreative.net

RACHEL MEIRS is an artist/musician/oral historian based in the Hudson Valley (who isn’t saying that to avoid admitting she’s from Long Island). Her work is centered around labor, food, and encouraging people to really listen to one another, while she pays her rent as a sound-person, wood-person, and goat chauffeur. You can follow her work, very good dog, and ongoing identity crisis on instagram @rachel.meirs

LISA MORASCHI SHATTUCK  is a New Orleans-born theater artist, educator and parent. Inspired by Ezell’s story, she is grateful to be on the guide team. She is Co-founder of Catapult, a theater laboratory where she develops, performs and writes theater produced locally and abroad. She is on the Media Arts faculty at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Check out her Wonder Wander: an immersive walk and talk at https://npnweb.org/contact/lisa-shattuck-and-jeff-becker/

CORY SHENK often finds bios disappointing because they only tell him a few things that a person has done and not who they are, what their character is, or if and how they are elated or confused by existence. In spite  of that, ere is a ting window into who he is: h enjoys being in  the woods and liminal spaces, potlucks, Dairy Bar cuisine, dancing & porch sitting, and pondering & wondering at our strange existence. You can find his music on Spotify and also here.

NICK SLIE is a New Orleans-born performer, producer and cultural organizer. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Mondo Bizarro and Professor of Theater at Nunez Community College. Since 2002, Nick has toured a wide array of imaginative projects to art centers, universities and outdoor locations in  38 states across the country (including his tour-de-force performance in Loup Garou at Ko in 2010) and abroad. However, he is most proud of the work he does here at home, where the land kisses the water.  mondobizarro.org

Ko has been supported, in part, by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, and the Amherst and Pelham Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Additional information


Fri. July 29 at 6:15 PM

Ticket Type

Patron Price $32 (includes $2 handling Fee) THANK YOU SO MUCH!, Standard Price $24 (includes $2 handling fee), Discounted Price $12 (includes $2 handling fee) Suggested for those with SNAP/EBT cards, on unemployment, or with income affected by COVID

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