Rain Pryor, daughter of iconic comedian Richard Pryor, debuted her solo show at the National Black Theater in Harlem on Thursday, June 11.
With a combination of humor, heart and honesty she shares her most personal moments of coming of age with a dual identity - being of Black and Jewish decent. During the time, America was continuing in its spirit of civil rights and black power movements as Rain was experiencing her own life in the spotlight in the midst of the clamor.
The on-stage journey engaged in a cabaret-style experience as it transported the audience through the drastically different decades of Pryor’s life.
“This is for those who come before us, and those who will come after us,” said Pryor onstage.
It chronicles the tumultuous '60s into the roaring '80s as each scene documents the situations that left a deep impact on her ideas of race, show business, loss, and identity. The comedian, singer, producer and actress filled the stage with moments of laughter, fond memories and heart-wrenching pain as she took on the roles of 11 characters who played crucial roles in shaping her life.
“The development of “Fried Chicken & Latkes” has been cathartic and this fully mounted version is the culminating event,” said Pryor.
The show is directed by Kamilah Forbes, who has worked on Broadway productions of “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” and “Lucky Guy.” The live music band included sounds from musical director and pianist Isamu McGregor, Jerry Devore on bass and drummer, Russell Carter. Opening night concluded with a celebration in the lobby partly sponsored by Kitty’s Canteen.
“With Kamilah's vision and the talent of a top-notch creative team, the June premiere marks the first time the show is more than me, a black curtain and a couple of black boxes,” said Pryor. "Thank the ancestors for creatives!”
“Fried Chicken & Latkes” runs until June 28 with ticket prices between $20 and $50. For more information about the show visit www.nationalblacktheatre.org