is thrilled to present RAIN
PRYOR's funny, poignant, brilliant and NAACP
award winning one-person play, Fried Chicken and
daughter of Comedy Legend RICHARD
PRYOR is a Director, Actor, Stand up Comedian,
Writer and Artistic director of Strand Theatre in Baltimore,
Writer. Based on Rain's life, this play is an
irreverent and poignant look at racism in the late 60ís
early 70ís. Rain completely wrote and created her show
including adding some of her own original music and lyrics
to the production. Rain was a Los Angeles Times "Critics
Choice" and her singing voice and sense of timing were
hailed as rare gifts. Fried
Chicken and Latkes has earned
rave reviews from the US to the UK and begins an extended
run Off Broadway mid-July.
Chicken and Latkes played to sold out crowds and
standing ovations every night at the 375 seat Canon Theatre
in Beverly Hills, CA, and repeated that success at the
Culture Project in New York, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia, Texas,
Growing up Black
and Jewish gives Rain a unique perspective on race, religion
and spirituality. She shares her views and has lead panel
discussions on diversity in education and in the
entertainment industry at Princeton University, The Jewish
Federation of Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore.
Rain Pryor, director, stand
up, dynamic speaker, acting teacher, award winning actress,
singer, two time award nominated author, and mother.
"Fried Chicken and Latkes"
is an NAACP award winning, DC Black Theatre Festival
award nominated solo show based on her life. It is a
irreverent and, poignant look at racism in the late 60ís
early 70ís, that confronts stereotypes, and her iconic
father Richard Pryor. Rain completely wrote, created, and
wrote some original music.
Pryor initially made her
television debut in 1989 as a series regular, T.J., on the
hit ABC series Head of the Class, a character adopted
from Pryorís own monologs at the request of ABC producers
during her second audition.
Pryor starred for several
years opposite Sherilyn Fenn and Lynn Redgrave,
as Jackie, the lipstick lesbian drug addict on the
Showtime series Rude Awakening, and has additionally
guest starred on network television series such as The
Division and Chicago Hope. She has appeared
numerous times on both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno,
as well as The Late Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,
and Tavis Smiley and The Greenroom with Paul
Rainís stage credits include
playing the title role of Billy Holiday in the UK
tour of the Billie Holiday Story and the title role
of Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premier of Ella, Meet
Marilyn. Rain was teamed up with award winning UK Soap
actress Sally Lyndsay. Sheís performed in the Los Angeles
production of Eve Ensler's, Vagina Monologues, with
Nora Dunn of Saturday Night Live fame and Charlene
Tilton, Cookin' With Gas, with the Groundlings
improvisation troupe, The Exonerated with critically
acclaimed actor Aidan Quinn, and, The Who's Tommy at the La
Rain currently resides in Baltimore MD where she started the
non-profit Theatre Works with teaching artist Joan Weber.
She is also a full time theatre director, and has just been
named the Artistic Director for the Strand Theater Company.
Born in 1969, daughter of
Richard Pryor and Shelley Bonis. She was raised
Jewish by her mother and grandmother, and graduated from
Beverly hills high school. It took her many years to connect
to her famous and womanizing father, but also to come to
terms with the combination of her religious and racial
heritages, as her own person and performer.
According to CBS, these issues
were a struggle throughout her career : "even as she played
a lesbian junkie on Showtime's "Rude Awakening," Hollywood
told her she wasn't black enough, she wasn't white enough,
she wasn't pretty enough. " (CBS Feb 2009)
Fried Chicken and Latkes is in a sense an exploration of the
question of identity and multiculturalism, and addresses the
issue of being the child of a celebrity. quote "I'm Black
and Jewish. Which mean's I'm proud, but yet I feel so guilty
for it! "
Rain Pryor, on her journey and her performance: "because
I'm standing on my own two feet and I have become Rain, I am
comfortable with being a Pryor," she says. "I feel it's my
right, it's my legacy. What I'm doing up there on that stage
is the real tribute.
"I'm black and a Jew! Shalom, my brothers! Oy vey!"
(CBS Feb 2009)
"I'm not doing it to be him, I'm doing to be me"
"My goals are just to be a good person. (...) (youtube