Solo Show New Eyes Examines Israeli-American Woman's Identity
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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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As good as everyone said it would be! Quality acting, writing and production. Full of heart and humor. I plan on recommending it to others, who I think will also be touched. Just FYI, I'm not Jewish* and do not understand Hebrew, but still found it so relatable on so many other levels. (*A lot of the audience seemed to be on the night we attended, judging by the laughter during some parts.)
Quotes & Highlights
- "Josephson is a winning presence, and her impersonations of pushy parents, showbiz types and Israeli 'playas' land on target." --<em>The Los Angeles Times</em>
- "An accomplished performance! Hilarious... Beneath the comedy lies a serious undercurrent stemming from the ongoing war in the Middle East." --<em>LA Weekly</em>
- "The show is good for Israel. It shows Israel’s human face and that human face is Yafit Josephson." --<em>Jewish Journal</em>
- "Josephson's boundless energy and desire to share her story transform her narrative from the traditionally cathartic autobiographical tale to one that is inspirational." --<em>Backstage</em>
- "It's a big enough challenge for most actors to portray one role successfully. Imagine taking on 18 in one play. With New Eyes, Yafit Josephson tackled the Everest of theatrical mountains." --<em>Tucson Lifestyle Magazine</em>
- Check out a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu06T4vHoAs">video trailer</a> for <em>New Eyes</em>.
- Read what Goldstar members had to say about this show's previous runs in <a target="_blank" href="https://www.goldstar.com/events/los-angeles-ca/new-eyes-acclaimed-one-woman-show">Los Angeles </a>and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.goldstar.com/events/sherman-oaks-ca/new-eyes">Sherman Oaks</a>.
Performed by Yafit Josephson
Written by Yafit Josephson & Suzanne Bressler
Directed by Sammie Wayne
Produced by Eliad Josephson
Yafit Josephson (Actress & Co-Writer) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Ramat-Hasharon, Israel, since she was two years old. As a daughter of an Israeli filmmaker who produced two famous comedic Israeli movies, "Charlie Va'hetzi" and "Hagiga Ba'Snuker", Yafit was exposed to the entertainment industry at an early age. As a little girl, she recalls watching her father's movies and imagining herself as an actress. She started practicing by reciting famous lines from both of the movies and promised to herself that she will pursue acting professionally one of these days.
At the age of 18, she began to serve in the Israel Defense Force as part of her mandatory service to her country. After two years of service, Yafit decided to move to Los Angeles in 2003 to study acting and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. Shortly after, Yafit got accepted to the University of Southern California School of Theatre with a full scholarship and graduated in May of 2008. Throughout her time at USC, she acted in a number of productions, such as "The Threepenny Opera", "Ash Girl", "Our Country's Good", "The Vagina Monologues" and "Pentecost". Yafit learned about the art of Solo Performance and received her training at USC. She wrote and performed two short solo performance pieces, “The Skies of Tel-Aviv” and “I've Gotta Go”, which describe her journey as an Israeli soldier.
Following graduation, Yafit began writing her full-length one-woman show, together with her co-writer Suzanne Bressler, while teaching Hebrew and Judaic Studies through the use of drama and improvisation at two Jewish schools in Los Angeles. After a year and a half of intense writing, she finally brought "New Eyes" to life on stage in July 2010 and has been sharing her personal life story ever since. Yafit has been presenting “New Eyes” for over 3 years with over 100 shows, both public and private, in California and across the US. She hopes to share her story with as many people as she tours “New Eyes” around the world.