Harry Hart-Browne Stars in Tony Abatemarco's Acclaimed Solo Drama Cologne
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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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“Cologne, or The Ways Evil Enters the World,” the short story, was first published by Windfall Press. Its production history began in 1999 at Highways in Santa Monica starring the author, and under David Schweizer's direction continued at The Tiffany Theatre in West Hollywood produced by Paula Holt and Eileen T'Kaye. It subsequently played at Theatre 150, Ojai, at The Evidence Room, LA, at Santa Fe Playhouse, New Mexico, Off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Theatre and finally at the Lavendar Footlights Festival in Miami. The current production marks the debut of Harry Hart-Browne in the role and the first time an actor other than the playwright has assayed the role.
Harry Hart-Browne has received eleven awards for his acting work, including two LA Weekly Theatre Awards, two AGLA Awards, and the Buck’s County Playhouse Best Actor Award. He starred in Lanford Wilson’s Off-Broadway classic The Hot l Baltimore, LA’s award-winning Charles Busch comedy Psycho Beach Party, and the critically acclaimed Frederick Combs drama The Children’s Mass. He also starred in the Michael Kearns directed hits Emmett: A One Mormon Show and Warren. He has guest-starred on Seinfeld, LA Law, Night Court, Married…With Children, Hill Street Blues, and has appeared in many films. Harry helped pioneer the personal story solo play with his ground-breaking Pardon Me, I’m Having an Emotion in 1978, and he currently performs his spiritually-themed Special Delivery nationwide with a planned performance at Santa Monica Playhouse in Jan. 2011.
Tony Abatemarco, an award-winning actor, director, writer, producer, and teacher, recently directed Robyn Peterson’s Catwalk Confidential in London’s West End and Kerri Randles’ Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’? at the Hollywood Fringe. Prior to that he directed Julie Harris in Lucifer’s Child on Broadway and for A&E TV; other directing credits: Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse, Santa Fe Stages, La Mama, Theatre Grévin, Paris, etc. In 2008, Abatemarco played Salieri in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Amadeus and Polonius in Hamlet at A Noise Within. Other acting honors: Bach at Leipzig, The Mystery of Irma Vep, La Bete, Camara Lenta. He also starred in Plato’s Symposium at London’s ICA; Electra in Delphi, Greece and performed his original solo shows, Four Fathers and Cologne in L.A., Santa Fe, Off-Broadway, and Miami. He was a recipient of an Innovation in Theatre Award, from Theatre LA., and the recipient of two NEA fellowships. He also served as the Artistic Director of The Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, Mark Taper Forum. Abatemarco teaches at USC’s School of Theatre and is an Endowed Chair at SMC Emeritus College. His latest story, Schwinn, will appear in Issue 4 of Boneshaker Magazine (due Feb. 2011), available at Skylight Books.