KIPLING HOTEL: The 80’s
Produced, Written, Performed, & Directed by Don Reed
Original Music by Don Reed
Lighting Design by Erich Blazeski
Light/ Soundboard Operator: Aaron Aguilar
August 24 – October 22 | Berkeley
January 6 – 27, 2018 | San Francisco
Saturdays at 8:30pm | Sundays at 5:30pm
No Shows: October 14, 15
2017 Theater Bay Area Nominee
Outstanding Solo Production
“Don Reed displays comic genius in solo show ‘The Kipling Hotel’… He nails it in this tight theatrical solo package that’s a sequel to his solo-show smash hit ‘East 14th.'” – Mercury News
“Reed stretches his elastic features and voice to inhabit people of every race, age and gender.” –San Francisco Chronicle
Don Reed’s “East 14th” chronicled the 70s – and now it’s his true misadventures through the 80s. As the awkward son of a pimp struggled through college, he tried being a stripper and a gigolo–but he ended up serving breakfast at an unforgettable retirement hotel full of the fascinating elderly, wild drifters, slick actors, and drug addicted dreamers.
Don Reed, (HBO/Snap Judgment/CBS) a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nominee, NAACP Triple Nominee for Best Actor & Best Playwright and 2016 Theater Bay Area Outstanding Solo Show WINNER – is presently playing one of the lead roles in a streaming bound comedy series backed by major players from the Broadway smash “HAMILTON” including co-financing and recurring role starring composer/creator Lin Manuel Miranda. Don has a role in the feature film “UNLEASHED” – co-starring two of the leads from Showtime’s “SHAMELESS” being released this August 2017. He 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. Reed was the opening act/warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for over 1,000 episodes, and recently won 2016 NPR/WYNC’s Snap Judgment Performance of the Year. It was so compelling that it will be woven into the graduate writing curriculum at American University in D.C.