Santa Monica Playhouse Opens “Jamaica Farewell” On Saturday Night

Friday, 7 Feb 2014, 6:54:00 AM

Mitch James

Debra Ehrhardt has written and stars in 'Jamaica Farewell' at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
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Debra Ehrhardt has written and stars in 'Jamaica Farewell' at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

The Santa Monica Playhouse this weekend opens performances of “Jamaica Farewell” – an award winning play written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt and directed by Joel Zwick.

Performances open Saturday, Feb. 8 and will continue through March 2.

Based on her true-life story, Ehrhardt’s “Jamaica Farewell” chronicles her escape from revolution-torn Jamaica in the 1970’s to fulfill her lifelong dream of going to America.

When Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica and longing to go to America, she bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break.

It was during the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance.

A pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American.

She began a dangerous adventure that only the single minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness blurred as she became more desperate.

When she agreed to smuggle a million US dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent became her accomplice. Only he had no idea about the plan.

This Ehrhardt’s third one-woman show. Previous productions include award-winning “Mango Mango,” and “Invisible Chairs,” which was produced by David Strasberg at the Marilyn Monroe theatre in West Hollywood and later optioned as a situation comedy by Fox.

Performances times are Feb. 8/15 at 8 pm, Feb. 22/March 1 at 5 pm, Feb. 9/16 at 3 pm, and Feb.23/March 2 at 6 pm.

The Santa Monica Playhouse is located at 1211 4th Street in Santa Monica.

Tickets are $35 and are available at or by calling 800.838.3006.

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