Chela: A True-Life Dramatization of Love, Lunacy, Violence, and Sexual Taboos
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The last date listed for Chela was Wednesday October 20, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Jamaica, Farewell returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse after successful runs all over the world. Debra Ehrhardt's solo show is based on a mostly true story about her journey to the U.S. from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970s of the Manley era. When Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, 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: an alcoholic father, a Bible-spouting mother, the price of airfare, 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 grows 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 got 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 Ezekiel Sarsoza Jr
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LMAO. Perfectly executed thrill ride of a comedy play which will give you bipolar bouts of joy and sadness, mostly joy. I took the wifey and she raved about Dulce's performance, we were both laughing on our way home. Must see while you can.
Based on the true-life story of the playwright’s mother, award-winning writer/performer Dulce Maria Solis, Chela yields a tragic and comedic tale of love, lunacy, domestic violence, and sexual taboos. As the oldest girl of fifteen in a poor Mexican Family, Chela rides and slaughters pigs for the family’s meals, rises to marble queen in street competitions, and chases boys away from her precocious sister. This tumultuous, but simplistic childhood ends when the mixed agendas of her mother and the men who surround her, thrust her into a series of tragic events. Forced to immigrate illegally to the United States and tricked into a loveless marriage, Chela recounts her struggle to reclaim her sexuality and a life worth living for.
Dulce Maria Solis has performed at the Actor’s Alliance Festival at the Lyceum Space (San Diego REP) and won Outstanding Female Performance. She has also performed Chela at the Centro Cultural de la Raza and California State University of San Marcos in San Diego, the Frida Kahlo and CASA 0101 Theaters in Los Angeles and at the MECA theatre in Houston, Texas.