East 14th

EAST 14th

Written, Performed, Produced & Directed by Don Reed

Original Music by Don Reed & Jon Harrison Taylor

Sound/Lightboard Operator: Alexa Almira & Aaron Aguilar

April 22 – July 30, 2017 | Berkeley


NAACP Double Nominee – Best Actor Best Playwright
2016 TBA: Theater Bay Area
Award Winner for Outstanding Solo Play


Show Description

Back in 1970’s Oakland, his stepfather forced him to be a straight-A, God-fearing church boy – but he wanted to be just like his dear old Dad. Too bad he didn’t know dear old Dad was a pimp.

Artist Biography

Don Reed, (HBO/Snap Judgment/CBS) 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 an NBC streaming bound comedy series backed by major players from the Broadway smash “HAMILTON” including composer/creator 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 has written and starred in work for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN and will be seen in this fall’s 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 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…

“…astonishingly well-crafted piece of theatre…one of the best show I’ve seen in years.” —Bay Area Theatre and Bites

“Hilarious. The audience can’t stop laughing…Don Reed plays all the characters with both ease and inexhaustible energy.” —The New Yorker

“Flat-out hilarious…electrifying performer.” —KQED

“A funny, heartwarming” … “autobiography by a master storyteller and skilled comedian.” — Talkin’ Broadway

“A graceful genial performer…It’s hard not to love 1970’s funk and soul and Don Reed.” —The New York Times

“Reed stretches his elastic features and voice to inhabit people of every race, age, and gender.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Not since John Leguizamo morphed from character to character in his now-famous early solo shows about his youth has there been an actor quite as accomplished in such theatrical daring-do as Don Reed. ” —Theatermania