FRIED CHICKEN AND LATKES Enters Final Two Weeks of Performances Off-Broadway
Edmund Gaynes in association with Daryl Sledge/Mother's Boy LLC present the Off-Broadway premiere of Rain Pryor's one-woman show, Fried Chicken and Latkes, beginning its last two weeks of a one year engagement on at the Actors Temple Theater (339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The final performance will be Saturday July 20th at 2pm
Rain Pryor is an acclaimed director, actor, stand-up comedian, educator, dynamic speaker, mother, and Artistic Director of the Strand Theater in Baltimore. Pryor is a headlining stand-up in her own right; she fills her own shoes where stand-up is concerned and is not trying to be her iconic father Richard Pryor. The Baltimore Sun chose Rain as one of 3 area comics to watch.
Fried Chicken and Latkes is Pryor's award winning solo show based on her life. It is an irreverent and poignant look at racism in the late 60's early 70's. Growing up Black and Jewish gives Rain a unique perspective on race, religion and spirituality. She shares her views and has led panel discussions on diversity in education and in the entertainment industry at Princeton University, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore. Rain completely wrote and created her show including adding some of her own original music and lyrics to the production.
Rain Pryor is an acclaimed director, actor, stand-up comedian, educator, dynamic speaker, and mother. As artistic director of the Strand Theater in Baltimore, MD, Pryor placed the theater on the DC/Baltimore map, leaving the Strand with a surplus that hadn't seen in its five years. She stepped down to start her non-profit Baltimore TheatreWorks. Baltimore TheatreWorks provides performance opportunities and builds a theatre arts culture for grades 6-12 in Baltimore City. Pryor is a headlining stand-up in her own right; she fills her own shoes where stand-up is concerned and is not trying to be her iconic father Richard Pryor. She has been featured regularly in Baltimore with good friend Mickey Cucchiella. Pryor and Cucchiella are developing many projects together. The Baltimore Sun chose Rain as one of 3 area comics to watch. Pryor made her television debut in 1989 as a series regular, T.J., on the hit ABC series "Head of the Class," a character adapted from Pryor's own monologues 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 guest starred on network television series including "The Division" and "Chicago Hope." She has appeared numerous times on "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, as well as "The Late Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," and Travis Smiley. Rain's stage credits include playing the title role of Billie Holiday in the UK tour of The Billie Holiday Story and the title role of Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premiere of Ella, Meet Marilyn, teamed up with award-winning UK soap actress Sally Lyndsay. She's 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 Aidan Quinn, and The Who's Tommy at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Photo Credit: Peter Zimmern