The Marsh San Francisco is delighted to present the prequel of Don Reed’s autobiographical journey, CAN YOU DIG IT? Back Down East 14th—the 60’s and Beyond.
The show plays Saturday at 8:30 pm and Sunday at 7:00 pm from June 15 through August 25, 2013 on the MainStage at The Marsh San Francisco, 1062 Valencia Street at 22nd Street. The public may visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055
The first installment in his hilarious coming-of-age story, East 14th, traced Reed’s irregular teen years through the 70’s (his stepfather forced him to be in that religion that rhymes with “Tehovah’s Sitnesses” and his real father was a pimp!). East 14th turned out to be one of the longest running Bay Area solo shows, and also ran Off-Broadway. The second installment, The Kipling Hotel, followed his collegiate years at UCLA through the 80’s, struggling to supplement his partial scholarship (partial scholarship means not enough money!) by working as a live-in waiter at an unforgettable retirement hotel.
This next installment CAN YOU DIG IT? Back Down East 14th rewinds to the 60’s—a prequel-plus—that goes back to young Reed’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 wild, 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 the KKK – come and see the 60’s through the blinking eyes of an awkward kid who’s just trying to fit in. Whether you love the characters from East 14th or are just meeting them for the first time—these stories, all new, stand alone and will not only take you back—but span forward through many misadventures leading up to the very present.
Don Reed, a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nominee and NAACP Double Nominee for Best Actor & Best Playwright, has performed, written and directed for film, television and theater. His work on an HBO Partners and Crime Special of up-and-coming comedians years ago caught the attention of the right people and led to many recurring and guest starring roles on television. He has performed all over the country and opened for Tony Award winner Tommy Tune. You may have heard his voice on Spiderman, The Flintstones, ER, Frasier, Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Law & Order or SNL. Reed has written promos for The Golden Globes, The Academy Awards and the Olympics. Additionally, he has written and developed screenplays for Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule and Maverick Filmworks. Reed is currently the opening act/warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is a board member of the thriving 51Oakland foundation keeping music and the arts alive in Oakland Public Schools.