Jolly Rancher by David Wayne Reed
David Wayne Reed, Actor, Writer, Director and Producer, debuts Jolly Rancher at Fishtank Performance Studio for a three performance weekend, April 6th, 7th and 8th and 20, 21 & 22
Growing up on a farm in Louisburg, Kansas without formal creative outlets, Reed created his own venues for self-expressionperforming 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 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?"
"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) 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 and a Charlotte Street Generative Performing Arts Award nominee. Jolly Rancher debuted at the Seaside Repertory Theatre in January 2012 during his month-long artist residency with Escape to Create.
Fishtank Performance Studio (View)
Kansas City, MO 64108