Fried Chicken & Latkes

Feb. 18, 2017 – June 3, 2017

PRESS

THE PROGRAM

Written and Performed by Rain Pryor

Directed by Eve Brandstein

Produced by Ronda Spinak & Eve Brandstein

Musical Director/Producer Gary Stockdale

Lighting Designer Kristin Swift

Sound & Projections Supervisor Thomas Jones

Technical Director Michelle Altman

Stage Manager Barbara Koletsky

Associate Producers Susie Yuré & Rose Ziff

ARTIST BIOS

RAIN PRYOR is a director, producer, writer, actor, jazz/blues vocalist, activist, motivational speaker, and mother. Pryor’s award-winning solo show, Fried Chicken and Latkes, an irreverent and poignant observation of racism from the late ‘60s through ‘80s that she conceived and wrote, has received rave reviews from the NY Times, Los Angeles Times, Broadwayworld.com, and Stage World. She followed up with That Daughter’s Crazy, an award-winning (Bronze Lens Film Festival) documentary about growing up black and Jewish. Pryor made her TV debut on the ABC hit series Head of the Class, playing tough-talking TJ, a role she created at her audition, and also starred opposite Sherilyn Fenn and Lynn Redgrave as Jackie, the lipstick-lesbian drug addict on Showtime’s Rude Awakening. Having appeared numerous times on Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and Craig Ferguson’s nighttime shows, she also co-hosted the news-and-entertainment Arise and Shine live Saturday and Sunday mornings, which aired in NY, London, and Africa. Stage credits include title roles in the UK tours of the Billy Holiday Story and Ella, Meet Marilyn, as well as Lady in Red in For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enough.

EVE BRANDSTEIN (Director/Producer) has made contributions to every facet of the entertainment industry from studio executive, producer, director, writer/creator, talent manager, and author. Eve also has a notable career as a casting director. Credits include the feature This is Spinal Tap, television credits include Diff’rent Strokes, One Day At A Time, Facts of Life, Who’s The Boss, Beastmaster and Total Recall. Among her television production credits, she produced and developed E/R the comedy series, and produced and directed the series John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You. She has directed over 75 theatrical productions, including most recent credits; the long running hit production of Not That Jewish, the NY Off-Broadway 2 year hit, Shut Up
Sit Down & Eat, NY and LA premieres of Revisiting Wildfire, the NY premiere of Voices Of Swords, Ronnie Spector’s Beyond The Beehive, Waiting For Jack – A Beat Poetry Reunion, Claiming Allen Ginsberg, and Suzanne Wang’s Cracked Open. Eve has also directed many Jewish Women’s Theater shows: Stories From the Fringe, Saffron and Rosewater, Hold Me, Heal Me, He Said, She Said, Past & Present: Russian Jewish American Stories and Beyond Jacob’s Ladder. She also produces the bi-coastal spoken-word event Poetry In Motion since 1988. evebrandsteinproductions.com.

RONDA SPINAK (Producer) created and produces JWT’s At-Homes Salon Theatre Series, now in its eighth season. To date she has curated more than 28 original Jewish-themed salon shows for JWT, as well as adapted hundreds of pieces to the stage used in the salons. Ronda is very proud to have commissioned and worked with Monica to bring Not That Jewish to fruition. Educated at Stanford University, she also holds degrees from UCLA (MBA) and USC (masters in professional writing). Ronda has written many plays, including Stories from the Fringe and festival-winner Oscar Wilde’s Wife, a favorite at the Ashland New Play Festival and Dayton’s FuturFest. She has written for the Emmy Award-winning children’s show Rugrats and authored the critically acclaimed nonfiction book ProBodX: Proper Body Exercise (HarperCollins, publisher). Ronda is on the board of the Association for Jewish Theatres, is a member of the Dramatist Guild, and has served twice as a grant reviewer for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She feels especially blessed to be working with the many talented and inspiring women who are giving so generously to Jewish Women’s Theatre. She thanks ADR for his love, inspiration, and help.

GARY STOCKDALE (Musical Director/Producer) is a two-time Emmy-nominated composer of TV, film, and commercial music. He has composed music for ABC’s Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; The Aristocrats movie, and Showtime’s Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT! Gary was an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra and sang a featured solo in the cult-classic musical TV series Cop/Rock. As a veteran studio singer, he has lent his voice to major films (Star Wars Rogue One, Avatar, Star Trek: Beyond, Prince of Egypt) and TV (The Simpsons, Family Guy), as well as backing up Adele on the 2013 Oscars. Gary’s irreverent adult musical BUKOWSICAL, won Outstanding Musical at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival. His latest project, BUM- PERSTICKER: The Musical just played the Hollywood Fringe Festival to rave reviews. http://garystockdale.com.

KRISTIN SWIFT (Lighting Designer) has theatrical design credits including: In the Time of the Butterflies, A Hammer, a Bell, and a Song to Sing (SD
Rep), Platonov (La Jolla Playhouse), Cuatro Corridos (Touring Chamber Opera), Titus Andronicus, The Fantasy Project, The Dybbuk (UCSD), Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl (Fiddlehead Theatre), Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Now!). Kristin has also designed concerts for the San Diego Dance Theatre, Joanne Langione Dance Center, and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. She is currently a lighting designer for Thinkwell Group, where her recent projects include Stage 48: Script to Screen on the Warner Bros Studio Tour and the WB Fun Zone in Macau. BFA Theatre Design/Technology: Emerson College. MFA Theatre Design: University of California, San Diego.

THOMAS JONES (Sound and Projections Supervisor) is currently the audio/ video supervisor for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
in Beverly Hills. He was previously the sound supervisor and resident sound designer for the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Previous designs include those for the Wallis’s Inaugural Gala, Love Noel, Baseball Swing, and Trumpet of the Swan (the Wallis), as well as The Who’s Tommy, In the Heights, The Three Penny Opera, Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts festivals, The Road to Mecca, Blessing of a Broken Heart workshop, and A Hammer, a Bell, and a Song to Sing (SD Rep).

MICHELLE ALTMAN (Technical Director) graduated from Drake University with a BFA in theatre/acting in 2012. Since then she has been performing, writing, and directing in Chicago. Performance credits include Silent Night of the Living Dead, The Cherry Orchard (Charlotta) and Beast Women (Standup/ performance art). Directing credits include The Chocolate Affair, Sure Thing, A Smell of Burnt Feathers, Immature (co-writer), When Angels Wept, Everybody Needs a Good Night Out, and The Titus Andronicus Project (co-writer). Thank you to all who support the arts community!

BARBARA KOLETSKY (Stage Manager) has most recently worked on the production side of Jewish Women’s Theatre. Prior to that, for three seasons she was responsible for catering. Now Barbara is thrilled to be moving into stage management for JWT at The Braid. Barbara is also the owner of RSVP Party Planning, where as an experienced party planner she has produced many events, specializing in charitable organizations but with many corporate and private clients as well. Barbara was born in New York and moved to California for a career in marketing and promotions for Polygram Records and Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. She regularly volunteers at the Grossman Burn Center with her service dog, Rodney.

SUSIE YURÉ (Associate Producer) has volunteered for 30 years in nonprofit organizations, where she has held leadership roles in fundraising, event planning, facilities coordinating, programming, membership, marketing, and administration. Susie has produced musical theatre productions, classical concerts, and cabaret performances and has been intensely involved in the world of theatre for more than 20 years. She holds a BA and MA in elementary education from USC, along with her California lifetime teaching credential. Her favorite role is mom to her two talented (grown) children, who are both professional (and working) musicians.
ROSE ZIFF (Associate Producer) is new to performing arts. She came out of retirement after working at UCLA Medical Center for 33 years, where she functioned as “den mother” to more than 1000 interns, residents, and clinical fellows at UCLA, the VA, and Olive View-UCLA Medical Centers, providing resources and support. Rose is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Lev Eisha, a Jewish women’s nonprofit religious organization and spiritual community.

GALLERY

Photos by Jan Burns