Don Reed – Berkeley

CAN YOU DIG IT? – The 60s 

Written & Performed by Don Reed
Produced & Directed by Don Reed
Technical Director: Erich Blazeski
Light/Soundboard Operator: Danny Tran

MUST CLOSE SEPTEMBER 9!

June 23 – September 9, 2018 | Berkeley
Saturdays at 5pm | Sundays at 5:30pm

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“It’s a bittersweet tale that’s also flat-out hilarious, as much for Reed’s deft comic delivery as for the unforgettable misadventures he describes.” — KQED

“Reed’s one-man show at the San Francisco Marsh is simply the best I’ve seen all year and then some.” –Starkinsider

“…an electrifying performer.” –KQED

“Can You Dig It? works so well because it comes with an enormous heart, humble curiosity, and the comic sense to note when someone is taking himself too seriously.” –Starkinsider

Show Description

Hot on the heels of the hilarious and critically acclaimed East 14th and The Kipling Hotel, Don Reed returns with the next installment of his wonderfully wild and awkward autobiographical journey. Can You Dig It? The 60s Back Down East 14th, rewinds to the 60s –a prequel-plus-going back to young Don’s formative”Stand By Me” years in Oakland grammar school when the family was “whole.” Before his father became a pimp–before his mother reluctantly became a Jehovah’s Witness–a lot of wonderful, scary, amazing, unnecessary, cool, moving, unbelievably true stories unfolded. From the Beatles to the Black panthers, James Brown to the Jerk, MLK to JFK to KKK–come and see the 60s through the blinking eyes of an awkward kid who’s just trying to fit in.

Artist Biography

Don Reed, (HBO/Snap Judgment/Bartlett) a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nominee and NAACP Triple Nominee for Best Actor & Best Playwright, is presently playing one of the lead roles in the Amazon Prime comedy series :Bartlett: co-financed and recurring role starring composer/creator of Broadway smash “HAMILTON” – Lin Manuel Miranda.  Don has performed, written and directed for film, television and theater. A memorable performance on an HBO Partners and Crime Special of up-and-coming comedians years ago caught the attention of some Hollywood guns and led to many recurring and guest starring roles. You may have heard his voice on: Spiderman, Johnny Quest, SNL and most recently as the voice of the cat on 2 Broke Girls. Additionally, Don has written, directed, produced and starred in short films for HBO Shorts. He can be seen on NETFLIX in the feature film “Unleashed” alongside stars from Showtime’s “Shameless.” Reed was the opening act/warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for over 1,000 episodes, and recently shared an excerpt story from “East 14th” – on NPR/WYNC’s Snap Judgment so compelling that it will be woven into the graduate writing curriculum at American University in D.C. See it here…

“I Miss Toni” —  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPHQHgygsgI

He is also a board member of the thriving 51Oakland foundation keeping music and the arts alive in Oakland Public Schools.

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
MUST CLOSE September 9, 2018 | Berkeley TheaterStage
Saturdays at 5pm | Sundays at 5:30pm
90 minutes | 1 Intermission | Ages 16+ | Please do not bring infants to the show