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NPR Award-Winning Storyteller Don Reed was a 2018 nominee for the Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Outstanding Solo Production, as well as the 2016 TBA winner and the 2017 TBA nominee for the same award. The playwright/performer/director is also a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee and NAACP triple nominee for Best Actor and Best Playwright. His past works at The Marsh include East 14th, The Kipling Hotel, Can You Dig It?, That Don Reed Show, and Going Out. Reed can be seen in the Amazon Prime series Bartlett, where Reed plays the boss in a struggling ad agency alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton creator and star). He has worked in various roles in front of and behind the camera for Warner Bros, Disney+, Marvel, Pixar, The CW, Sony, Lionsgate, and more. Reed has also performed, written, and directed for film, television, and theater. As a producer, Don has co-produced noted director/writer Robert Townsend's (Hollywood Shuffle, The 5 Heartbeats, Eddie Murphy's Raw, The Last OG) one-man show Living the Shuffle for The Marsh. Years ago, his memorable performance on Robert Townsend’s HBO Partners in Crime special of up-and-coming comedians led to many recurring and guest starring roles. Reed’s voice can be heard on Spiderman, Johnny Quest, Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, Captain Planet, The Voice, Law & Order, SNL, and as the voice of the cat on 2 Broke Girls. Additionally, he has written, directed, produced, and starred in the HBO shorts: Lucky: The Irish Pimp and Pookie Watson: Hood Detective. Reed has also created content for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN and can be seen in the Netflix feature film Unleashed alongside stars from Showtime’s Shameless. Reed shared an excerpt story from the aforementioned East 14th on NPR/WYNC’s Snap Judgment that was so compelling that it was woven into the graduate writing curriculum at American University in Washington, D.C. Recently, Reed became a contributing special assignment writer for the San Francisco Examiner and has partnered with Virtual Bodyworks, a leading virtual reality entity making huge strides in the world of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion. Charitable work includes MISSEY, providing supportive services to youth who are victimized by or vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation; Elevate Oakland, keeping music and the arts alive in Oakland Public Schools; and Mercy Housing California (MHC), a leading affordable housing organization working to eliminate homelessness and housing insecurity for low-income families, seniors, individuals, and people with disabilities.

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Original Off-Broadway Production, 2008
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Last Chance to Vote for the BWW San Francisco / Bay Area Awards; Voting Ends 12/31

It's the final week left to vote for the 2023 BroadwayWorld San Francisco / Bay Area Awards! Voting ends on 12/31 at midnight. Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

2 Weeks to Vote for the BWW San Francisco / Bay Area Awards; The DROWSY CHAPERONE, KING LEAR, Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble & More Lead!

There's just two weeks left to vote and we have the latest standings as of Monday, December 18th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld San Francisco / Bay Area Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

BroadwayWorld San Francisco / Bay Area Awards December 5th Standings; The DROWSY CHAPERONE Leads Best Musical!

It's December, and the first standings of the month have been announced as of Tuesday, December 5th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld San Francisco / Bay Area Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Latest Standings Announced For The 2023 BroadwayWorld San Francisco / Bay Area Awards; KING LEAR Leads Best Play!

Happy Holidays! The latest wave of standings have been announced as of Monday, November 27th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld San Francisco / Bay Area Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Latest Standings Announced For The 2023 BroadwayWorld San Francisco / Bay Area Awards; The DROWSY CHAPERONE Leads Best Musical!

The latest wave of standings have been announced as of Monday, November 20th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld San Francisco / Bay Area Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

EAST 14TH Transfers To The Marsh Berkeley, November 11- December 17

The party will continue as Oakland native Don Reed celebrates the 14th birthday of his hilarious coming-of-age solo tour-de-force, bringing his hit East 14th to The Marsh Berkeley for a limited return-engagement run.

The Marsh San Francisco to Celebrate the 14th Birthday of Don Reed's EAST 14TH

Oakland native Don Reed will celebrate the 14th birthday of his hilarious coming-of-age solo tour-de-force East 14th with a limited return-engagement run at The Marsh San Francisco. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Ali Stroker, HADESTOWN & More Lead the San Francisco/Bay Area September 2023 Top Picks

San Francisco / Bay Area is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. September 2023's top picks include Ali Stroker, Hadestown, 42nd Street, and more!

The Marsh SF Extends THE NEVER TOO LATE SHOW Starring Don Reed

Due to popular demand, The Marsh San Francisco has announced an extension of The Never Too Late Show starring Don Reed, an inspirational, multi-character comic tale about never giving up. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, this new work by fan favorite Don Reed chronicles his adventurous travails and perseverance through life, and the Hollywood gauntlet to late night TV's The Tonight Show.

Interview: Fred Pitts of AREN'T YOU...? at The Marsh Offers a Fresh Take on the History of Race Relations in America

BroadwayWorld talks to actor/writer Fred Pitts about his humorous and insightful solo show 'Aren't You...?' running at The Marsh in San Francisco July 21 to August 18.

Don Reed's THE NEVER TOO LATE SHOW is Coming to The Marsh San Francisco This Summer

Following its wildly successful East Bay run at The Marsh Berkeley, The Never Too Late Show starring Don Reed, an inspirational comic tale about never giving up, will transfer to The Marsh San Francisco.

THE NEVER TOO LATE SHOW Extends at  The Marsh Berkeley

Due to popular demand, The Marsh Berkeley has announced a third and final extension run of The Never Too Late Show starring Don Reed, an inspirational comic tale about never giving up, at its East Bay theater. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this new work by fan favorite Don Reed chronicles his adventurous travails and perseverance through life and the Hollywood gauntlet to late night television.

THE NEVER TOO LATE SHOW Starring Don Reed Extends at The Marsh Berkeley

Due to popular demand, The Never Too Late Show starring Don Reed, an inspirational comic tale about never giving up, has been extended by The Marsh Berkeley for an additional month-long run.

THE NEVER TOO LATE SHOW Starring Don Reed Extended at The Marsh Berkeley

Due to popular demand, The Never Too Late Show starring Don Reed, an inspirational comic tale about never giving up, has been extended by The Marsh Berkeley.

Don Reed's THE NEVER TOO LATE SHOW to Have Full Run at The Marsh Berkeley This January

After performing to sold-out houses for four weeks of previews this fall, The Never Too Late Show starring Don Reed, an inspirational comic tale about never giving up, will return to The Marsh Berkeley for a full run.

Don Reed Previews His NEVER TOO LATE SHOW At The Marsh Berkeley

The Marsh Berkeley will inspire audiences this fall with The Never Too Late Show starring Don Reed, a comic tale about never giving up. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, this new work by fan favorite Don Reed chronicles his travails and perseverance through the Hollywood gauntlet to late night television.

The Marsh San Francisco Announces Second Extension of Don Reed's GOING OUT

Due to popular demand, The Marsh San Francisco has announced a second extension of fan favorite Don Reed’s Going Out, presenting Bay Area theatre lovers with all new, never-heard-before stories by Reed.

Don Reed's GOING OUT Extended at The Marsh San Francisco

Due to popular demand, The Marsh San Francisco has extended fan favorite Don Reed’s Going Out, with new material added. 

Don Reed to Return to The Marsh San Francisco with GOING OUT

After re-opening the doors of The Marsh Berkeley in August 2021, performing to sold out crowds and standing ovations, fan favorite Don Reed will return to The Marsh San Francisco with Going Out, with new material added.

Don Reed's GOING OUT Extends At The Marsh Berkeley Due To Popular Demand

After re-opening the doors of The Marsh Berkeley to sold out crowds and standing ovations, fan favorite Don Reed returns for an extended run of Going Out. Hailed by Theatrius as “Brilliant! Inspiring and funny,” the work has been applauded by critics, with the San Francisco Examiner declaring, “Hilarious! Reed can do it all, with grace, humor, and empathy.”

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Don Reed has written 1 shows including East 14th: True Tales Of A Reluctant Player (Playwright).

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