Rain Pryor, actress, singer, comedian, director and author of Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, Life Love and Loss with Richard Pryor, has signed on as lead producer of Broke Wide Open. The off-broadway production stars spoken-word artist Rock WILK, who has turned the emotionally-charged search for his biological mother into an autobiographical solo play, punctuated by his own hip-hop compositions. Broke Wide Open is also presented by "500 Names," a grass-roots social media and fundraising effort for the New York City premiere. The show opens tonight, November 9th at The 45th Street Theatre (354 West 45th Street; Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm; Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2pm).
Over the past six years, Rock WILK has planted countless seeds nationwide, performing Broke Wide Open in parks, art galleries and on the streets and subways of New York City. WILK could be found in any location where people were compelled to listen to and learn about his transfixing journey – undoubtedly word travelled far and wide and now his story has emerged on-stage. Broke Wide Open is the story of WILK's life in the foster-care system and subsequent adoption into a Jewish household, followed by a hesitant search for his biological mother. It's touching story of love, loss, family, relationships, and discovering one's identity and place in the world.
Pryor says, "The first time I first saw Broke Wide Open I was hooked by Rock WILK's prolific poetry and storytelling. I felt as if I was watching a symphony of words and a transformation of the soul. His story and in his signature style of rapid-fire monologue is a powerful must-see."
Best described as high-energy, honest and unforgettable, Broke Wide Open is a poetic and oratorical unveiling of truth with Rock WILK at the helm. Broke Wide Open takes its viewers on a haunting ride as WILK recounts a life full of impactful decisions and the resulting consequences. A cyclone of well-intentioned chaos, he tests the limits of every relationship in his life and creates a spell-binding wave of emotion as he explores who he is and where he belongs, often inspiring his audiences to do the same.
Pryor is currently starring in her own critically acclaimed, solo autobiographical show "Fried Chicken and Latkes" and joins director Stephen Bishop Seely ("8 Million Protagonists") on the project. Rock WILK wrote and composed Broke Wide Open. The design team behind Broke Wide Open includes: Jason Sisino and Lee Alston (art design), Omayra Garriga Casiano (lighting design), Rock WILK (sound design), and Nivia Marrero Rolon (stage manager).
BROKE WIDE OPEN tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets HERE. For more information about Broke Wide Open, visit www.brokewideopen.com.