51Oakland Presents Don Reed's "East 14th" to Benefit Oakland Schools

Posted by Billyjam, July 28, 2012 02:21am | Post a Comment
Oakland born-and-raised comedian Don Reed, whose built a rep for his work on HBO, the Cosby Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, will be doing a special one-off performance of his renowned one man show East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player at Yoshi's in Oakland on Monday July 30th. The critically acclaimed, funny but poignant show, that has the distinction of being the longest running one man show in Bay Area history, will benefit Oakland Public Schools Music & Arts Education thanks to the 51Oakland organization.

East 14th
's storyline is described by its producers as chronicling the true tale of a young man raised in Oakland by his mother and ultra-strict stepfather as a middle class, straight A, God-fearing church boy. The boy, however, wanted to be just like his dear old dad. Too bad he didn't know dear old dad was a pimp. And yet we find even the outlaws in our community have a moral compass that leads our most promising to higher ground and higher education. This week I caught up with writer, director, performer Reed to ask his long-running popular play, his stand-up work, East Oakland, and the state of the East Bay school system today.

You have said that you were at first reluctant to do a show like East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player because it is so close to you & your personal life. But once you did it on stage was it a cathartic rewarding (or other) experience?

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