EVENTS OPENING THIS WEEK

THE TRAGEDY OF MEDUSA @ Son of Semele

January 16, 2019 8:00 pm

The romantic relationship between the goddess Athena and her human priestess, Medusa is complicated when the other gods find out and intervene. This nuanced and challenging retelling of the classical Medusa myth is poetic ...read more


DEFINITION OF MAN @ Arena Theater

January 17, 2019 7:00 pm

A sexier, more violent Waiting for Godot, Definition of Man is a physicalized post-modern decreation myth. The one-act was created by Nikki Muller and Jason Rosario by synthesizing personal narratives, academic texts and Russian ...read more


THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN @ Antaeus Theatre at Kiki David Gindler Performing Arts Center

January 17, 2019 8:00 pm

Inspired by the real-life filming of the documentary Man of Aran, Olivier Award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh's dark comedy is set on the small Aran Island community of Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) off the Western Coast ...read more


IT IS DONE @ Theatre 40

January 17, 2019 8:00 pm

Hank's Bar is a roadside joint on a desolate highway in the middle of nowhere. Hank the barkeep (played by Kurtis Bedford) passes the time when he has no customers by perusing a porn ...read more


DOUBLE DOUBLE - A MEDITATION ON MACBETH @ The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

January 17, 2019 8:00 pm

Macbeth didn't die on the battlefield of Dunsinane — he entered witness protection and was relocated to 1950s Los Angeles to sell insurance.  Double Double collides Macbeth with the classic film noir Double Indemnity, delivering ...read more


GRAY PEOPLE (2019 EXTENSION)@ The Belfry Stage (Upstairs)

January 17, 2019 8:30 pm

Critics Lemonade: 100%
Audience Lemonade: 100%

Walter Kartman and Kyle Felts - Photo Credit: Carlos R. Hernandez Kyle Felts, Walter Kartman and Olivia Lemmon - Photo Credit: Carlos R. Hernandez...read more


BRILLIANT [email protected] Lounge Theatre

January 18, 2019 8:00 pm

Rosannah Deluce has been driving for days. Her car dies in a snowbound corner of Alaska. In distress, she seeks shelter in the only nearby structure, an old barn that is the home of ...read more


HOW TO PRODUCE A HOLLYWOOD FRINGE SHOW @ Studio C

January 19, 2019 1:00 pm

Excited about the thought of doing a show at HFF, but have concerns and questions? Get the answers to your questions and an overview of the Hollywood Fringe in this 3 hour workshop, taught ...read more


LIZZIE @ Bootleg Theater

January 19, 2019 7:30 pm

Critics Lemonade: 100%

EXTENDED! LIZZIE will now bring the axe down at the Bootleg Theater Jan. 19-27, 2019 On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were ...read more


SHEENA [email protected] Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

Grammy Award winning singer, recording artist and actress Sheena Easton is a versatile performer who is a top concert attraction around the world. Known for numerous hit songs, including “U Got the Look” with ...read more


THE 39 STEPS @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

Hitchcock meets hilarious in this fast-paced mystery/romantic comedy/adventure for everyone who loves the magic of theater. The Morgan-Wixson presents The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and based ...read more


HIR @ Odyssey Theatre

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

A darkly funny, shockingly absurd and endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition by MacArthur genius Taylor Mac. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan with a dishonorable discharge, only to ...read more


AN EVENING WITH JOHN WILKES BOOTH @ Theatre West

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865) was notable on several accounts. He was a successful and wealthy actor, and member of a celebrated show business family (son of Junius Brutus Booth and brother to Edwin and ...read more


FAMILY [email protected] Jewish Women's Theatre @ The Braid

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

Moving and funny show of stories exploring secrets only whispered about, until now! ...read more


SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE FINAL PROBLEM (OLD TIME RADIO STYLE) @ Long Beach Performing Arts Center (Beverly O'Neill Theatre)

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

When Holmes and Moriarty face off at Reichbach, one or both must fall! In the last of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first run of Sherlock Holmes stories, he wanted a dramatic showdown between the super-sleuth ...read more


CINDERELLA @ Santa Monica Playhouse

January 20, 2019 12:30 pm

The Los Angeles Times dubbed this Santa Monica Playhouse original family theatre musical  "An Enchanting Cinderella!…captivates its young audience, highlighted by fast pacing, fancy costuming and a lovely, unweepy Cinderella…she's no slouch with a ...read more


THE MARRIAGE ZONE @ Santa Monica Playhouse

January 20, 2019 3:00 pm

Critics Lemonade: 87%
Audience Lemonade: 100%

Cal and Beth are selling their home. They're visited by Skip and Ellie, an engaged couple, very much in love who are eager to buy their first home. They're joined by Mike and Liz, ...read more


ALEICHEM SHOLOM! THE WIT AND WISDOM OF SHOLOM ALEICHEM @ Santa Monica Playhouse

January 20, 2019 3:30 pm

Critics Lemonade: 92%

Extended Once More! Take a journey through the life, loves and laughter of the world's most beloved Yiddish humorist, as you are treated to an in-depth look at the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical ...read more


ROD SERLING'S STORIES FROM THE ZONE @ Theatre 40

January 21, 2019 8:00 pm

Rod Serling's Stories from the Zone consists of stage adaptations of two classic episodes of his best-loved TV series. Mr. Garrity and the Graves: In the Old West circa 1890, a man and his ...read more


WELL @ Lindhurst Theatre at Pepperdine University

January 22, 2019 7:30 pm

"This play is not about my mother and me," begins Lisa Kron in this hilarious, moving story that combines the genres of solo performance and experimental theatre with the timeless story of mothers and ...read more


BILL FRISELL “WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR” FEATURING PETRA HADEN, THOMAS MORGAN, & RUDY ROYSTON @ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

January 22, 2019 8:00 pm

With a career that has spanned more than 35 years, guitarist and composer Bill Frisell's diverse catalog has been described as “the best recorded output ...read more 


The Many Phases of the Unfazeable Rain Pryor

The Jewish Women's Theatre will produce the Los Angeles premiere of Rain Pryor's new solo outing FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES at the Braid, beginning February 16th. Actress/comedian/songtress/writer, Rain performs her autobiographical performance piece covering her early years as the bi-racial child of a broken home, through coping with being a comedy legend's daughter, becoming a performer in her own right, and to her very busy present. We had the chance to chat with Rain between her rehearsals for her Braid bow.

Thank you for taking the time for this interview, Rain!

You're already in rehearsals for FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES?

I am currently in rehearsals five days a week for FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES. Also, trying to conserve some energy for the opening and the six-week run. 

You originally wrote your autobiographical FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES in 2002. Has a lot of your show changed into its present state from its original?

When I originally wrote FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES, I wrote for the purpose of just presenting a showcase of my talents. Over the past 14-15 years, it has become a very poignant piece of theatre. 

How did you come up with the catchy title FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES?

The title, (thanks for saying it's catchy) just popped up after calling my show SWEET POTATO & LATKES. Fried Chicken (although cliché) seemed better to grasp the juxtaposition of two sides of my cultural lives.

Which are you better at making - fried chicken? Or latkes? 

I love to cook. I would say I can do both extremely well. And that the combination is fabulous. 

What was your father's initial reactions to FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES?

My father never got to see me perform this piece. However, I showed him the reviews and asked his permission to play him and do a part of his act in it. 

It was difficult not to have Dad come to a show because he came to every show I have ever had. Even came to set. 

You're referring to your first TV series?

Yes, Head of the Class.

Did you rewrite any specific sections after hearing your father's comments?

I have never rewritten based on my family's input. I write with authenticity, just as Mom and Dad taught me to do. 

What was your mother Shelley's reaction to FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES?

My mother's reaction was, "Ya know, Rain. I don't really talk that way, but as long as you're making money, it's okay. By the way, I'm proud of you." 

Did your mother have you Bat Mitzvahed?

My mom never had a Bat Mitzvahee. My mom Shelley's family did not do Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. They did Shabbat and holidays though. 

When did you realize you wanted to be a performer?

I think I realized I wanted to be a performing around 4 or 5. I was always imitating family and people I met. I loved to sign big band music and could recite the entire The Wizard of Oz

When were you old enough to understand, or even see, your father's comedy routines?

I grew up in the comedy clubs with both my parents. I may not have understood the language, but I knew about what was funny

How old were you when you fully realized how famous and well-loved your father was?

I talk about this in my show. He took me to his Long Beach concert in 1979. I was 9 years old, and 3,000 people were there. I got it - Dad was God! Ha! 

I hear you do a mean Richard Pryor impersonation in FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES. What other characters, real or composite, can the Braid audiences expect to meet?

I do about 10-11 people from my life. I hope I bring a realness and depth to them. 

Since you wrote about real people in your life, was there any particular person (other than your parents), you were apprehensive getting their feedback?

I don't seek approval from the people I portray. I have nothing to hide, because my intention is not mean-spirited. I create realized real versions of the people in my life. I love them, even the bad teen girl in my show. 

You've performed FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES all over the world. Tell us the most surprising response you received from an audience.

I had a show in Harlem where the audience stood up and applauded in the middle of my show. I was taken aback with profound emotion and gratitude. 

Was the Beverly Hills community during your childhood there less racially color-blind/sensitive than they are today in 2017?

1970s - there weren't kids like me in my area of Beverly Hills. My mom was a single white Jewish woman, raising a bi-racial child. We had to face a lot of adversity, anger, hatred. We survived and overcame. That's what strong Jewish women do. We endure. 

Did you find comedy or singing great weapons in your arsenal to use in your growing up?

Comedy and singing were a huge part of life. You can escape any bad mood with a song or a joke. Well, at least, if you're in my family. 

What do you hope your Braid audiences leave with after your curtain call?

I hope the Braid audiences, leave with a sense of hope and action to keep evolving and changing the world for the better. Our kids are the change. 

Thank you, Rain! Looking forward to seeing you do your favorite foods!

FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES plays through April 2, 2017. For ticket availability and further info, log onto www.jewishwomenstheatre.org