Actor and comedian Don Reed will present his Off Broadway hit solo show East 14th at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Growing up in Oakland, California, Don Reed’s mother and stepfather raised him to be a middle-class, straight-A, God-fearing church boy, but Don Reed wanted to be like his biological father. Too bad he didn’t know that dear old dad was an actual pimp.
Don Reed has written, performed, directed, and produced five solo shows in New York City, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. His flagship show East 14th was was so popular in Berkeley, it was extended 22 times, and spurred the opening of a second Marsh theater, where it ran for an additional 18 months. The show earned Reed the 2016 TBA: Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Production of a Solo Show and an NAACP Double Nominee for Best Actor & Best Playwright, and in 2016, he won the Performance of the Year award on NPR’s “Snap Judgement” with an excerpt from East 14th titled “I Miss Toni.”
“Nobody does what Don Reed does. The Brother is quite simply amazing, versatile & hilarious.”
– Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx
Don Reed is currently playing one of the lead roles in the Amazon Prime comedy series Bartlett, co-financed and with recurring role by Lin Manuel Miranda – composer/creator of the Broadway smash Hamilton. Reed is also currently producing Robert Townsend’s solo tour de force Living the Shuffle.
Don Reed’s memorable performance on an HBO Partners and Crime special of up-and-coming comedians years ago caught the attention of Hollywood 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, and 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 more than 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 Washington D.C.
Reserved seating tickets ($40) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. For group ticket sales, please call 509-876-1662.
For a limited time purchase all four shows (using the Buy Package link below or by calling the box office) in the As-Heard-On-NPR Package (James Judd, Tom Papa, Don Reed – East 14th, Don Reed – Semi-Famous) and save 20%:
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