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Cock Tales aims to satisfy patrons

By Rory Daley Observer writer

Wednesday, January 25, 2017




JAMAICAN-BORN actress Debra Ehrhardt returns for one-woman show Cock Tales at the Jamaica Shopping Club Theatre in St Andrew.


The production, which began last night at 6:00 pm, is scheduled for a four-week run.


Ehrhardt spoke to the Jamaica Observer at the play’s launch at the Jamaica Shopping Club Theatre on Tuesday evening.


"I started writing Cock Tales a couple of years ago and then it opened up about a year ago in Los Angeles. It’s a universal story, and I have played in New York, Atlanta and Florida," said Ehrhardt, who is based in the United States.


According to her, Cock Tales is best described as a frank discussion of a little girl’s first encounter with the male organ all the way to the boom of sexual awakening, while going through some unpleasant situations.


"It’s all about awareness, acceptance and letting go of shame," she said.


The 80-minute production is the fourth from Ehrhardt and sees her reuniting with American director Joel Zwick, who is responsible for movie productions, including Perfect Strangers and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.


Zwick — who was introduced to Ehrhardt by American actor Tom Hanks’s wife, Rita Wilson — first worked together on a previous Ehrhardt show, Jamaica Farewell.


"It has been a thrill to work with Debra. She’s that good," said Zwick.


Zwick describes Cock Tales as a very funny, touching, warm tale, a bit harrowing at times, enhanced by Ehrhardt’s charm and wit.



Cock Tales was introduced to Jamaica by local theatre group Whirlwind Entertainment, whose CEO Michael Dawson did so on the strength of Jamaica Farewell.


"It was a very timely and complementary to our production that we’re currently running Tek Yuh Han Off A Mi, which is about domestic abuse, while Cock Tales is about sexual abuse," Dawson explained.


Dawson believes both shows are telling stories that Jamaicans need to hear.