The Hebrew Hillbilly: Country Meets Kosher in One-Woman Show
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The last date listed for The Hebrew Hillbilly was Monday August 12, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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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
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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As a New Yorker I must admit I am a bit jaded when it comes to theatrical experiences. The name The Hebrew Hillbilly intrigued me. I was shocked, pleasantly surprised, and blown away by the power of this musical yet poignant comedy Shelley Fisher delivers 85 minutes of non stop entertainment. Her authentic Memphis inspired moving vocals with 14 original songs transported me to Shelley's world of rock 'n roll dreams. Her keyboard player, hit songwriter Ken Hirsch, musical director and co-writer of many of the songs, complimented the performance and left me no choice but to give them a standing ovation. Don't miss this show!
Quotes & Highlights
Read “A Rare Southern Gem,” an interview with Shelley Fisher, here.
This one-woman show chronicles Shelley Fisher’s life in and out of the music business. Growing up Jewish in the deep South with a flamboyant mother who frowned on her dating the local redneck boys, this Hebrew Hillbilly begins singing as a little girl and never stops. From her early years as a blonde bombshell, through her current incarnation as The Memphis Belle of L.A., Fisher has ridden a show business rollercoaster that slows down just long enough for her audience to climb aboard for the ride. Travel along on this deeply personal yet universally appealing funny and tragic journey of Delta dreams, detours and determinations. The production is directed by Chris DeCarlo and produced by Debra Ehrhardt, with music by Kenneth Hirsch, Harold Payne and Shelley Fisher.
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.