The give-it-to-them-straight comedic icon Richard Pryor was no doubt one of the funniest of the 20th century. He was a man who had a life filled with both laughter and darkness. It’s a story many of us know: Pryor grew up in a Peoria, Ill. brothel owned by his grandmother…he was sexually abused…was a drug user…who severely burned himself during a drug and alcohol incident. That story comes to life on stage in the play “Unspeakable.” We speak with the man who portrays Pryor, James Jackson Jr., and director Rod Gailes. Jackson and Gailes also co-wrote the play.
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