As the daughter of famous comic Richard Pryor and Jewish go-go dancer Shelley R. Bonis, Rain Pryor had an interesting upbringing during the 60’s and 70’s in Beverly Hills, CA. She is now the NAACP Theatre Award winning actress, an acclaimed singer, stand up comedian, director, and producer.
She is best known for her role as T.J. in the hit 80’s ABC series Head of the Class and has also appeared on TV in Rude Awakening, The Division, and Chicago Hope. On the stage, she has played Billie Holiday in the U.K. tour of The Billie Holiday Story and Ella Fitzgerald in the U.K. premiere of Ella, Meet Marilyn.
In her award winning Fried Chicken and Latkes, Rain Pryor shares her experience growing up in her biracial home and finds hilarious ways to discuss racial tensions in Beverly Hills during those times. She explains how she learned to embrace both her African American roots, her Jewish ancestry, and her father’s unique style of parenting.
Audiences of this spectacular one-woman show will be treated to a bevy of impressions, songs and jaw-dropping monologues, featuring Pryor and a live, three-piece jazz band. She juggles original songs like “Mama’s Whore House Blues” with standards like “God Bless The Child” and “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” There will be no shortage of laughs, great music, and an intimate introduction to a supremely talented and hilarious artist.
Tickets are $20 – $100. Showing Thursday, Jan. 15 – Saturday, Jan. 17 at True Colors at Southwest Arts Center.