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'East 14th' Begins June 26th Off-Broadway

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EAST 14th, (www.East14th.com) a new comedy starring, written and directed by Don Reed will play New World Stages, off Broadway (340 W. 50th Street) beginning June 26th with an official opening scheduled for July 10th, it was announced today.
 
EAST 14th chronicles a young man's coming-of-age in 1970s Oakland as he struggles to find out who he is in a world of religious fanatics, pimps, players, hustlers, and streetwalkers. In this autobiographical tale, Reed chronicles escaping an ultra strict upbringing, going out of his way to be something that he wasn't, and eventually, learning to keep it real.
 
EAST 14th has a production design by Matthew Aller (Shakespeare's R and J, All My Sons, Dancing at Lughnasa).

Tickets for EAST 14th range from $45-$55 with premium seating available for $75. East 14th plays Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 9:00pm, and Saturdays at 9:00pm. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, please visit: www.East14th.com.

Don Reed (writer/performer/director) – A multi-talented artist, Don Reed has worked in theater, film and television to great acclaim.  Don's performance on a Robert Townsend HBO special of up-and-coming comedians years ago caught the attention of Bill Cosby and led to the creation of a guest-starring role for him on "The Cosby Show."  Don went on to play the recurring role of Chip St. Charles in "The Cosby Show" spin-off "A Different World" and was recently in "Bee Movie Shorts" starring Jerry Seinfeld. Don also wrote and directed several short films for HBO/Russell Simmons/Stan Lathan. Don has performed for the National Association of Campus Activities tour, appearing at over 300 colleges, and opening for Tony Award Winner Tommy Tune. Mr. Reed is a Best Actor and Best Playwright Nominee for the 2008 NAACP Theatre Awards for East 14th. Don has lent his voice to: "Spiderman", "The Flintstones", "Johnny Quest" "ER", "Frasier", "Friends", "Scrubs", "Will & Grace", "Law & Order", "SNL", and The Golden Globes; He has appeared in the films "Hollywood Shuffle" and "Fear of a Black Hat,". He appeared on stage in The Key at Princeton's McCarter Theatre in a three person cast including Hector Elizondo and Jo Beth Williams. 


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