What happens when you combine the talents of the daughter of the greatest comedian to ever live who has brilliantly defined her own performance legacy, Rain Pryor, and her lead actor in the incredible Off Broadway production “Broke Wide Open” Rock Wilk? You get an incredible show! Rock Wilk is an actor, a playwright and a poet, socially and politically charged vocalist, and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. He creates all of this art while riding the subways of NYC. Along with being a Nuyorican Poet’s semifinalist and 2010 runoffs qualifier for The Nuyorican’s national team, Rock also was recently a featured performer for Amnesty International at an event for human rights. Rock will be appearing in his first feature film, Jamesy Boy, which stars James Woods, Mary Louise Parker and Ving Rhames, which will be released in early 2013. He has worked as a studio and touring background vocalist for many years, most recently singing with the legendary Patti LaBelle and contributing vocal and horn arrangements to the Grammy Award winning Les Paul compilation album, LES PAUL AND FRIENDS.
Rain Pryor is of course the daughter of the GOAT, Richard Pryor, who is the director of the Strand Theatre in Baltimore, and a NAACP Theatre Award winning actress, two time nominated author for the book Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, Life Love and Loss with Richard Pryor, acclaimed singer, stand up comedian, acclaimed director, and producer of the Off Broadway Show “Broke Wide Open” now at the 45th Street Theater. She is also the star of her own Broadway show “Fried Chicken and Latkes”
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the brilliant talents that are Rain Pryor and Rock Wilk in NYC to talk about their incredible show “Broke Wide Open”, why Rock decided to explore the search for his biological mother, what is like for Rain to be the daughter of arguably the greatest comedian that has ever lived, how she forged her own legacy, and how the two of them came together for “Broke Wide Open”. It a brilliant show that I was able to see, and both Rain and Rock are wonderful talents! Enjoy Kade Nation!
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Here is Rain Pryor on BET right before sitting down with me in studio: