Rain Pryor, Red Carpet will Herald Atlanta Black Theatre’s Fall Festival
Daughter of genius Comedian Richard Pryor will Lead Atlanta’s Foremost Black Stage Festival for 40 Plays in Four Days
ATLANTA, GA – (News4us.com) May 16, 2012
Director, Actress and Comedian Rain Pryor, the daughter of the legendary comedian and actor Richard Pryor, will serve as one of the Honorary Chairs for the inaugural Atlanta Black Theatre Festival’s October 2012 Festival in midtown Atlanta’s Theater District.
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is bringing the best in black theatre to Atlanta each fall.
The Festival runs Oct. 4-7 and will bring 40 plays in four days to the Loews Atlanta Hotel and Woodruff Art Center at the 14th Street Playhouse complex.
Rain Pryor will open the festival with a Red Carpet premiere of her New York hit stage play, “Fried Chicken & Latkes,” at 8 p.m., Oct. 4 at the Woodruff Art Center.
“I am honored,” Pryor said, “This is a powerful opportunity for us to explore all levels of theatre.”
“It’s a Theatre Lover’s Paradise,” agreed Toni Simmons Henson, the founder and executive director of the Festival.
The Columbus Day weekend celebration is expected to draw more than 5,000 theatre lovers and 200 performers from all over world to perform.
The Festival is great for aspiring young people, trying to become accomplished in theatre, Pryor said.
To succeed, she said, “you must be honest with yourself about what your talents are. You must pursue your dream and be authentic.”
Pryor comes to the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival from her own standup comedy tour and serving as the artistic director for a stage production called WELL by Lisa Kron.
“I am constantly creating it never stops,” Pryor said, adding that her father’s legendary fame has influenced her to work to “just to keep it real. Be the truth.”
Acclaim for Pryor’s work also includes her nomination as best female solo performer and best playwright for the 2011 D.C. Black Theatre Festival, and the 2008 Marin Services For Women Founders Award.
Rain Pryor has produced and directed The Exonerated, Colorism, WELL, OUT.
She is the Artistic Director for the Strand Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland.
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