Reed – known for his recurring roles on "The Cosby Show" and "A Different World" – also directed the Off-Broadway engagement of his autobiographical play that began performances June 26 and officially opened July 10.
In a previous statement Reed said, "I am extremely humbled by the overwhelming support and gracious response that East 14th has received from New York audiences. Because of the critical success of the show, though, it seems right for me to return to Los Angeles to pursue new television opportunities."
Press notes for East 14th, which is designed by Matthew Aller, describe the solo play as tracing "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."
For his work on East 14th, Reed was nominated for Best Actor and Best Playwright 2008 NAACP Theatre Awards. Onstage Reed also appeared in the McCarter Theatre production of The Key, opposite Hector Elizondo and Jo Beth Williams.
Tickets for East 14th, priced $45-$55, are available by visiting www.telecharge.com or by phoning (212) 239-6200. For further information visit East14th.com.