It's Criminal, The Comedy!, Defense Attorney Murray Meyer's One-Man Show
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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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- "More lawyers should do one-person shows." --<em>LA Weekly</em>
- Visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.itscriminalthecomedy.com/">Murray Meyer's web site</a> for more information and Murray's blog.
Written and performed by Murray Meyer. "This is my take on the daily menu of mishegas (craziness) I encounter in my job,” says Meyer, who has more than twenty years experience as a criminal lawyer. Meyer developed his material at the Un-Cab Lab comedy workshop run by Un-Cabaret creators Beth Lapides and Greg Miller.
Directed by Laurel Ollstein. Ollstein has been involved for over twenty-five years in new play development as an actress, writer, director and teacher. She was a member of the award winning Actor’s Gang for over ten years, and is currently a member of About Productions and also the Literary Manager for Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles. She wrote the book for the musical OPA! which premiered in 2008 at the Midtown theatre festival in New York, where it received fourteen award nominations. It will be performed at the Queens theatre in September 2009. Directing credits include: Showing Our Age written by Laurel Ollstein, at Inside The Ford for About Productions; Children’s Hour written by Lillian Hellman, for Loyola Marymount University; 365 plays by Susan Lori Parks, for Playwright’s Arena; and Walking Back to Brooklyn by Murray Meyer, at the San Francisco Fringe, Seattle Fringe, and Toronto Fringe.