Reed Unwraps Jolly Rancher at Seaside Repertory Theatre

Reed Unwraps Jolly Rancher at Seaside Repertory Theatre

E2C Artist, David Wayne Reed presents staged reading of one-man show

David Wayne Reed, Actor, Writer, Director and Producer, debuts a staged reading of his one-man show, Jolly Rancher at the Seaside Repertory Theatre on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:30p.m. 

Growing up on a farm in Louisburg, Kansas without formal creative outlets, Reed created his own venues for self-expression—performing impromptu drag performances for visiting seed salesmen, dancing for the hay crew after a long day’s work, rehearsing Shakespeare in abandoned grain silos… 

Finding the wheat among the chaff, Reed presents Jolly Rancher, a one-man show based on a collection of stories culled from his own rural upbringing. In Jolly Rancher, Reed plows through a collection of humorous and poignant short stories rife with hilarious characters and universal truths unveiled from his life in the Land of Oz. 


Years later and I’ve just come out of the closet to my father.  We’re standing on a frozen pond, with pick-axes in hand chopping holes in the ice so that the cattle can drink.  Literally standing on thin ice, my Dad says “You hear the one about the queer bear?  He laid his paw (pa) on the table.”  I think he was just trying to break the, uh, proverbial ice before he continued.

“So you’re gay, huh?  You become a vegetarian, too, while you were at it?”

No, Dad.

“Well, good, cause you best be supporting beef because beef supported you.”

David Wayne Reed has been described as an “actor, writer and a bon vivant” as well as “a one-man classic rock circus.” Reed is a founding member of the late Late Night Theatre where he appeared in over 20 shows playing over 50 roles. He wrote/directed Mother Trucker (2004), adapted/directed Come Back to the 9 to 5 Dolly Parton Dolly Parton (2002, 2006), co-wrote/co-directed Supermodels in Space (2005) and adapted The Show Formerly Known as Purple Rain (named Best Play of 2005 by the Kansas City Star) White Nose Christmas (2010) Mother Trucker 2: Ride On (2011) and Bump (2011). Reed was voted Best Actor: Reader’s Choice and Best Trouper (for work in LNT) in the Pitch Weekly in 2000, Best Actor/Actress in 2008 and won Best Stocking Stuffer for White Nose Christmas in 2011. Reed is a 2011 Arts KC Inspiration Grant recipient, a Charlotte Street Generative Performing Arts Award nominee, and a 2012 Escape to Create artist.

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