JAMAICA, FAREWELL – BACK WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: A hilarious and touching story of how one young woman risked everything in order to fulfill her lifelong dream of starting over in America.
On Wednesday August 11, NAACP award-winning writer/performer Debra Ehrhardt will perform her one woman play, JAMAICA, FAREWELL at Theatre Place in New Kingston for five days only.
Based on her true-life story, JAMAICA FAREWELL, tells the journey a teenage Ehrhardt took to leave Jamaica during the political unrest in the 1970’s. Left to her own devices, she risked prison time and even death in her attempt to pull off a daring and dangerous caper. With the unwitting help of an infatuated American CIA agent, she realized her lifelong dream of starting over in America.
“Many Americans have no conception of the barriers that lie in the way of immigrants who try to get to America from third world countries. Because the reward is great, however, we are willing to take tremendous risks.” Debra Ehrhardt explains. “In America, if you can dream it, you can achieve it. Though the same success does not await every deserving newcomer, it is the intoxicating hope that lures people across oceans.
“This play is based on the story of my journey from Jamaica to America during the Manley Era. I wrote it because it encapsulates one of the most adventurous, defining moments of my life.”
JAMAICA, FAREWELL had its UK premiere at the Hackney Empire in September 2008 and an eight-week Off-Broadway run at the Soho Playhouse in the Spring of 2009. During that time Ehrhardt received a Proclamation from the City of New York for her “Outstanding Contribution to the Jamaican Community”. In January of 2010,
In Jamaica the play will run from Wednesday, August 11th through Saturday August 14th at 8pm and Sunday, August 15th at 5pm and 8pm at Theatre Place, 8 Haining Road in New Kingston.
JAMAICA, FAREWELL, a true story of Debra Ehrhardt’s journey to the USA from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970’s, is a hilarious and touching story of how one young woman risked everything in order to fulfil her lifelong dream of starting over in America. This funny show is a wild roller coaster ride of suspense, intrigue, seduction, humour and manipulation. After successful runs in London, Toronto and New York, Ehrhardt brings her thrilling tale back to where it all began, Kingston.