Jamaica, Farewell, a Stunning One-Woman Show by Debra Ehrhardt
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“Powerful…with wit and a melodic Jamaican lilt, Ehrhardt proves to be an entertaining and charming raconteur.” -The New Yorker
“Fantastic! An emotional journey that does full justice to the drama of her life-changing off-stage odyssey” —Time Out NY
“Flashes of wit and genuine lyricism combined with an adventure that might make James Bond sweat.…gripping and marvelously funny!” —Backstage, NY
“Winning! The evening’s real pleasure is simply Ehrhardt herself, She’s got it going on, living every day like Independence Day.” - Los Angeles Times
“A terrific story with wit and panache…suspenseful enough for a thriller and deliciously funny” -LA Weekly
“Not since Nia Vardalos’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding has there been such a captivating and hilarious one-person show” _-Livelyarts.com_
Written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt
Jamaica, Farewell tells the story of Debra Ehrhardt’s journey in which she escapes revolution-torn Jamaica in the 1970’s. Left to her own devices, she risked prison time, and even death in an attempt to pull off a daring and dangerous caper with the unwitting help of an infatuated American CIA agent to fulfill her lifelong dream of starting over in America.
Debra Ehrhardt (Writer/Performer): A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Debra Ehrhardt fled to the U.S. during the politically unstable seventies. This is her third one-woman show. Previous productions include Mango, Mango which received two NAACP Awards and Invisible Chairs, which was produced by David Strasberg at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood and later optioned as a situation comedy by Fox. She received a 2007 Proclamation from the City of New York for Jamaica, Farewell for her “Outstanding Contribution to the Jamaican Community.” A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Ehrhardt is currently adapting Jamaica, Farewell for the big screen.
Joel Zwick (Director) directed My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Recent films include Fat Albert and Elvis Has Left the Building. Mr. Zwick directed the Broadway production of _George Gershwin Alone _at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Mr. Zwick began his theatrical career at La Mama E.T.C., as director of the La Mama Plexus. He has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and Broadway touring companies. He and Hershey Felder have collaborated on _ Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven As I Knew Him_ and _Maestro. _Currently, Mr. Zwick is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most prolific directors of episodic television, having the direction of five hundred and fifty episodes to his credit. Previous New York productions have included Dance With Me (Tony nomination),_ Shenandoah_ (Broadway national tour), Oklahoma (national tour) and _Cold Storage _ (American Place Theater). He acted in the original New York production of _MacBird. _He directed _Esther _(Promenade Theater, NY), _Merry-Go-Round _ (Chicago and Las Vegas), Last Chance Saloon and _Woycek _(West End, London)