Rain Pryor to Star in New Solo Play Fried Chicken and Latkes at Jewish Women’s Theatre in Santa Monica
Actress/comedian Rain Pryor, daughter of comic legend Richard Pryor, will open her new solo play Fried Chicken & Latkes on February 16 for a six-week run at the Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) in Santa Monica.
Daughter of show business royalty, Pryor grew up African-American and Jewish in Beverly Hills and has lived a fascinating life filled with pain, poignancy, purpose and lots of laughter. American audiences first met Pryor as television’s first biracial child on Head of the Class. At home, her mom was a go-go dancer who met her dad when she was shaking it up in Sunset Blvd. nightclubs.
Pryor’s childhood was split between two cultures that had much in common, but much that was worlds apart. She was in the middle. Raised in Beverly Hills, Pryor’s childhood was split between African-American and Jewish cultures. She ate both brisket and collard greens. Her Beverly Hills bubbee and zeydeh, Herbert Bonis who managed Danny Kaye, shared her upbringing with her dad’s grandma who owned a brothel.
This unique blend led to many adventures that she will soon be sharing with JWT audiences. “I hope my new play will help bridge different cultures and contribute to a larger conversation about what we can learn from each other,” Pryor said. “I think my new show is timely, relevant and joyful, and it shows how humor can cross lines, as racially mixed audiences will laugh in and at each other’s worlds.
“Actually, both strains of my mixed heritage have much in common,” she explains. “Both Jews and African-Americans were slaves and both cherish family and food. In Fried Chicken and Latkes, I play 10 different characters and use humor to highlight these diverse influences on my life and how they caused me pain, confusion and great happiness. In this, I am following my dad’s tradition of crossing ethnic lines to bring people together.”
New York-based director Eve Brandstein has known Pryor since she was a child, She attended the cabaret show that was the nucleus of Fried Chicken and Latkes when it premiered in Harlem, “When I saw the show, which had Harlem audiences rolling in the aisles, I saw the play it could become. Rain and I worked together to transform the performance into the new solo play that will have its LA premiere at the Jewish Women’s Theatre.”
Ronda Spinak, JWT’s artistic director was anxious to provide a venue where LA’s diverse community could come together. “This show has passion, heart, creativity and joy,” she says. “Its themes are universal and we are happy to provide a space where all people and all generations can be together for a great night of theatre.”
Fried Chicken and Latkes will begin a six-week run on February 16 at Braid, home of the Jewish Women’s Theatre, 2912 Colorado Blvd. #101, Santa Monica, CA.
Presenter / Producer: Jewish Women's Theatre
Theater > Theatrical Comedy
Event Phone: 310-433-0326 x31088
The Braid @ Jewish Women's Theatre
2192 Colorado Blvd. #101
Santa Moniica CA 90404
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 2/16/2017 - 4/6/2017
Thursdays and Sundays beginning February 16 for six weeks only
For tickets and additional information, visit: www.jewishwomenstheatre.org or call 310-433-0326
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