Don Reed’s autobiographical journey CAN YOU DIG IT? The ‘60s – Back Down East 14th will move to The Marsh Berkeley, where is will start a limited engagement September 14 through October 27, 2013. From the Beatles to the Black Panthers, James Brown to The Jerk, and MLK to JFK to the KKK – CAN YOU DIG IT? The ‘60s – Back Down East 14th offers a view of the 1960s through the eyes of an awkward kid who’s just trying to fit in. Reed, an Oakland-born comedian, is currently the opening act/warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The third installment in Reed’s hilarious coming-of-age trilogy, CAN YOU DIG IT? Performs Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 7pm in the The Marsh Berkeley Theater Stage, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. For tickets, the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Called “Flat out hilarious!” by KQED and “Remarkable. Terrific. Very funny,” as well as “Unexpectedly touching” by the San Francisco Chronicle, CAN YOU DIG IT? The ‘60s – Back Down East 14th rewinds to the ‘60s, going back to young Reed’s formative years in Oakland grammar school when the family was whole – that is before his father became a pimp and his mother reluctantly became a Jehovah’s Witness. As the plot unfolds, a series of wild, wonderful, scary, amazing, unnecessary, cool, moving, unbelievably true stories are revealed.
The first installment in Reed’s trilogy, East 14th, traced the actor-comedian’s irregular teen years through the ‘70s (his stepfather forced him to become a Jehovah’s Witness, and his biological father was a pimp). East 14th went on to become one of the Bay Area’s longest running solo shows, and also ran Off-Broadway. The second installment, The Kipling Hotel, followed Reed’s collegiate years at UCLA through the ‘80s, as he struggled to supplement a partial scholarship by working as a live-in waiter at an unforgettable retirement hotel.
Reed, a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nominee and NAACP Double Nominee for Best Actor and Best Playwright, has performed, written, and directed in film, television, and theatre all over the country. His 1991 segment on HBO’s Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime, which featured a variety of up-and-coming comedians, was well-received and led to many recurring and guest starring roles on various television programs. In addition to performing as the opening act/warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Reed has opened for Tony Award winner Tommy Tune, and has worked on programs including Spiderman, The Flintstones, ER, Frasier, Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Law & Order, and Saturday Night Live. 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 a board member of the thriving 51Oakland foundation keeping music and the arts alive in Oakland Public Schools.