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Clare Murphy, Storyteller Extraordinaire from Ireland From the Director of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” —
Jamaica Farewell, starring Debra Ehrhardt
Saturday, August 18, 2018, 7:30pm (one night only!)
Ojai Art Center Theatre

Adults (18+) $35 in advance, $40 at the door

Based on her true life story, writer-performer, Ehrhardt's Jamaica Farwell chronicles her escape from revolution-torn Jamaica in the 1970s to fulfill her lifelong dream of coming to America. See what happens when the audacity of youth comes smack up against the impossibility of escaping from the war-torn class struggle that seized Jamaica in the 1970s. With all the surprise and ingenuity of the best make-believe tales, the true story of Debra Ehrhardt's dangerous journey from the island of her youth to the country of her dreams will enthrall you, charm you, and ultimately leave you celebrating at the triumphant conclusion of her autobiographical one-woman show. Join famed director, Joel Zwick for a talk-back following the performance.

Jamaican-bred, Los Angeles-based actress Debra Ehrhardt is a storyteller who can fill up empty space with the sheer power of her exuberant storytelling ~CHICAGO SUN TIMES

A combination of spy thriller and slapstick comedy…Ehrhardt is an excellent storyteller and monologist! ~CREATIVE LOAFING, Atlanta

Winning! The evening's real pleasure is simply Ehrhardt herself, She's got it going on, living every day like Independence Day. ~LA TIMES

Powerful, with wit and a melodic Jamaican lilt, Ehrhardt proves to be an entertaining and charming raconteur. ~THE NEW YORKER

About the show, in the words of Debra Ehrhardt

When I was a seventeen-year old secretary in Kingston, me and my passion for America bumped into handsome Jack Wallingsford over a bowl of oxtail soup on my lunch break. It was during the turbulent seventies of the Manley Era that I saw my chance; a pinhole of opportunity that I could squeeze through with the help of love-struck Mr. Wallingsford. I began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness blurred as I became more desperate. When I agreed to smuggle a million dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, I got Jack to help me. Only he had no idea.

Video: Debra Ehrhardt on Jamaica Farewell