Eugene O'Neill's Masterful The Emperor Jones at SoHo Playhouse
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The last date listed for The Emperor Jones was Sunday January 31, 2010 / 3:00pm.
Currently at Soho Playhouse- Mainstage:
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A Los Angeles Times critic pick, Jamaica, Farewell returns to New York's SoHo Playhouse. Debra Ehrhardt's solo show is based on a mostly true story about her journey to the USA from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970s of the Manley Era. When Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup. She decides to squeeze through the pinhole of opportunity with the help of this love-struck American. Her way out of Jamaica is blocked by many obstacles, however: an alcoholic father, a bible-spouting mother, the price of an airline ticket, and U.S. government suspicions. Nevertheless, she begins a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness becomes blurred as she becomes more desperate. When she agrees to smuggle a million dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent becomes her unwitting accomplice. Every part is played by NAACP award winner Ehrhardt, an actress capable of amazing mimicry. This one-woman caper's full of generous dollops of humor, laughter and light. Jamaica, Farewell has been optioned for film by a major Hollywood producer. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Quotes & Highlights
“An inspired revival starring the wondrous John Douglas Thompson…The Emperor has been returned to glory!” —Ben Brantley, New York Times
“I doubt you’ll ever see it done better.” —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
“One of O’Neill’s most haunting, visceral works, and this nightmarish staging does it full justice! The evening’s power is the central performance by John Douglas Thompson.” —Frank Scheck, New York Post
With his demons in heavy pursuit and tom-toms beating, the Emperor is forced to confront the mortal sins of his past in search of forgiveness and salvation.
John Douglas Thompson—OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award-winning actor for last season’s acclaimed revival of Othello—portrays the enigmatic emperor. Ciaran O’Reilly, whose direction of O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape earned him Drama Desk, Drama League and Callaway award nominations, directs.
About the Ticket Supplier: SoHo PlayhouseUnder the new management of Darren Lee Cole and Faith Mulvihill, the newly renovated SoHo Playhouse continues to serve the downtown theater community as an historic 199 seat Off Broadway venue. The Huron Club below is an intimate 55 seat cabaret and bar steeped in the history of Old New York.
The SoHo Playhouse stands on land that was once Richmond Hill, a colonial mansion that served as headquarters for General George Washington and later home to Aaron Burr. Purchased from Burr in 1817, the land was then developed into federalist-style row houses by fur magnate John Jacob Astor.
15 Van Dam Street, was designated at the Huron Club, a popular meeting house and night club for the Democratic Party. The turn of the century brought the Tammany Hall machine to the Huron Club. Prominent regulars included "Battery" Dan Finn and the infamous Jimmy "Beau James" Walker, known as "The night Mayor" due to his predilection for jazz clubs and chorus girls.
The main floor was transformed into a theater in the 1920's, and in the 60's operated as the Village South, home to Playwrights Unit Workshop under the direction of Edward Albee. It was on this stage that Mr. Albee produced many first works of Terrance Mcnally, John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shephard, AR Gurney and Leroi Jones.