Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sequoia

As part of a 24 hour playwright challenge at The Living Room. I wrote and directed a new short play titled, Sequoia (in 24 hours!).  

Sequoia: A suicidal squatter is interrupted by a young Christian couple looking to buy a foreclosure. Below is the video:

Starring: Curtis Smith, Marianne McKenzie, and J. Will Fritz.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016





There's a white elephant in the room and we want to talk about it! 

Just in time for the holidays, SHELF LIFE returns with UNWANTED GIFTS. 

Clowns, an EZ Bake Oven, a three-ring notebook, a cigarette pen, and more. These are just some of the unwanted gifts. 

Featuring this all-star cast: 

Jose Faus, Charles Ferruzza, Jen Harris, Mark Manning, Sarah Beth Mundy, and Annie Raab. 

Shelf Life is a live themed show and telling event featuring an array of unique objects from the region and the people and stories behind them. Hosted by David Wayne Reed.

Also, everyone who buys a ticket is entered into a raffle for a really cool SURPRISE MYSTERY OBJECT to be unveiled at the event. Ooh, ahhh!

Doors open at 7 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10.

Shelf Life is made possible with support from Arts KC.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Vote Shelf Life!


Just in time for the ELECTION, Shelf Life returns to the Brick on November 5th with objects and stories about Election Season!
Stories include:
Harry Truman's handwritten electoral predictions
A tete-a-tete with Vladimir Putin
Accidentally working the front lines of the 2000 presidential campaign
A retired NFL player campaigns for a touchdown in the Missouri House
Mt. Rushmore in song
Political DNA
Teeny tiny Mitt Romney.

Storytellers include: Former NFL player Martin T. Rucker II, Lisa Cordes, Ry Kincaid, Benji King, Lynn Gardner Hinkle, Samuel Rushay from the Harry S. Truman Library, David Wayne Reed, and Kate Haugan as "the Gifter."

Shelf Life is a live event held at The Brick (1727 McGee, KCMO).  Doors open at 7 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2566948.

Save the date:
December 10, 2016--Shelf Life (Unwanted Gifts)
2017 Dates TBA.

Shelf Life is made possible with support from Arts KC. Reed was awarded an Inspiration Grant from the Art Council of Metropolitan Kansas City to launch this new ongoing series.

Storytellers are curated from an open call submission and are selected to tell a story inspired by, or featuring an object within the context of the events chosen theme. (Upcoming themes: Unwanted Gifts, Idol Worship, Wanderlust, and Cotton.)  Have a great object/story?  Tell us about it at yourshelflife@gmail.com



Sunday, October 30, 2016

How To Be A Winner


I never pass a raffle or chili cook off without entering. Simply: You have to enter to win.

Tomorrow I once again enter the chili cook off at my work. I have already won twice and also won the inaugural Rock Out With Your Crock Out at the Fishtank last fall.  I just want to be transparent in sharing my seasoned (ahem) background.  Like, I have some serious chili cred.

To be utterly transparent, I'm sharing my ingredients (left) and my winning story (link below).  Enjoy!

The Secret Ingredient

Shelf Life-Election Season is Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Brick (1727 McGee, KCMO)

I want to come to Shelf Life! How do I get tickets?


Friday, October 21, 2016

A Teeny Tiny Mitt Romney, Political DNA, and Mt. Rushmore in Song






Shelf Life Returns for Election Season


Kansas City, MO- “Think ‘The Moth’ meets ‘Antiques Road Show,’” says Host/Executive Producer David Wayne Reed of Shelf Life.  Shelf Life is a bi-monthly live ‘show and telling’ event featuring an array of unique objects from the region and the stories behind them.

Just in time for the ELECTION, Shelf Life returns to the Brick on November 5th with objects and stories about Election Season!
Stories include:
Harry Truman's handwritten electoral predictions
A tete-a-tete with Vladimir Putin
Accidentally working the front lines of the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign
A retired NFL player campaigns for a touchdown in the Missouri House
Mt. Rushmore in song
Political DNA
Teeny tiny Mitt Romney.

Storytellers include: Martin T. Rucker II, Lisa Cordes, Ry Kincaid, Benji King, Lynn Gardner Hinkle, Samuel Rushay from the Harry S. Truman Library, David Wayne Reed, and Kate Haugan as "the Gifter."

Shelf Life is a live event held at The Brick (1727 McGee, KCMO).  Doors open at 7 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2566948.

Save the date:
December 10, 2016--Shelf Life (Unwanted Gifts)
2017 Dates TBA.

Shelf Life is made possible with support from Arts KC. Reed was awarded an Inspiration Grant from the Art Council of Metropolitan Kansas City to launch this new ongoing series.

Storytellers are curated from an open call submission and are selected to tell a story inspired by, or featuring an object within the context of the events chosen theme. (Upcoming themes: Unwanted Gifts, Idol Worship, Wanderlust, and Cotton.)  Have a great object/story?  Tell us about it at yourshelflife@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 13, 2016



Shelf Life: Like Adult Show and Tell

"We all have those stories, we all have those objects. The objects are the lens through which we view and live our experiences."  

"Children don't have the social constructs we adopt as we get older. We have a primal desire to share our stuff, our stories." 


--From my interview on Central Standard on KCUR. 

I talk about Shelf Life and share my 'winning' story about being a Chili Cook Off champion. 


Full Interview: http://www.tinyurl.com/jrs582z






Shelf Life Debuts Saturday with Winning Show

Shelf Life is a bi-monthly storytelling event featuring objects and the stories behind them. 

Hosted by David Wayne Reed.

Shelf Life proudly debuts on September 17th at the Brick (1727 McGee, KCMO) with objects and stories about WINNING! 

Stories include: a guy who wins EVERYTHING, a teen finding early victories in high school forensics, a fortuitous mishap with the Stanley Cup, a Guinness Book World Record holder, winning by elimination on a reality tv show competition, an IRON (wo)MAN, and winning as a way of coping with a family drama. 

Also, everyone who buys a ticket is entered into a raffle for a really cool SURPRISE MYSTERY OBJECT to be unveiled at the event. Ooh, ahhh! 

Doors open at 7 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. 
Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2566948.

Shelf Life is made possible with support from Arts KC.

Follow us at Shelf Life!!

Have a storyful object you'd like to share? Send a picture and 100 word synopsis to yourshelflife@gmail.com.

Save the dates:

November 5th--Shelf Life (Election Season)
December 10th--Shelf Life (The Gift)



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SHELF LIFE Receives Inspiration Grant






Writer/Producer David Wayne Reed has been awarded an Inspiration Grant from the Art Council of Metropolitan Kansas City to launch his new storytelling series, Shelf Life.

“Think The Moth meets Antiques Road Show,” says Writer/Producer David Wayne Reed of Shelf Life.  

Shelf Life is a bi-monthly live ‘show and telling’ event featuring an array of unique objects from the region and the stories behind them.

At each Shelf Life event, there will be six objects and storytellers featured.  Each teller has 7-10 minutes to share a story based on, featuring, or inspired by the object that they bring with them. Additionally, there will be a mystery object introduced at each show. This object will be up for raffle. An actor who will be given the object and challenged to improvise a back story about the object on the spot before raffling off the item to a winning audience member. This is to demonstrate the power of storytelling in increasing the value of our objects. Storytellers are curated from an open call submission and are selected to tell a story inspired by, or featuring an object within the context of the events chosen theme (upcoming themes: Winning, Election, and Unwanted Gifts.)  The storytellers range generations, professions, and cultures thus providing a vast range of personalities, objects, and perspectives.

“I share stories in order to connect to something larger than myself. I write because I love to listen and I perform so I know I'm not alone. As a playwright, I create dialogue. Shelf Life is a way of connecting with audiences directly and asking them to share in the dialogue. This stems from my one-man show, Jolly Rancher, and how my first person narrative invited people to share their own stories. I found that by sharing the personal aspects of myself I opened up more universal themes. I discovered that through the craft of storytelling that I can not only describe community, but also expand it.”

Shelf Life debuts at the Brick (1727 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108).  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets. 


Upcoming Dates:  September 17, 2016, November 5, 2016, and December 10, 2016.  Shows start at 8 p.m.  2017 Dates TBA. 

Have an object and a great story to share?  Contact us at yourshelflife@gmail.com. 


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Help Yourself Wins BEST EST




Best est 

Help Yourself by David Wayne Reed

Critics' Choice

Good theater inspires reflection, but it’s unusual for a show to bring about self-examination before the curtain comes down. At David Wayne Reed’s original one-act Help Yourself, audience members became participants at a self-actualizing seminar, albeit a satirical one, based on those run by groups in the human-potential movement, such as Erhard Seminars Training (turned Landmark Education). “Do you want to change the ending to your story?” the workshop’s facilitator, played like a showman by Jeff Smith, asked us. “Life gets exciting when you start rewriting!” Reed’s play was selected in 2014 by the Charlotte Street Foundation from its open call for artists, and it was deserving of the nod. Reed’s witty and insightful script was a standout local work, realized through its excellent cast. Fortunately for us, the play’s workshop enrollees, portrayed by Kyle Dyck and Teri Adams, bore the brunt of the facilitator’s scrutiny, but we couldn’t help ruminating on his questions as well. That blurring of the fourth wall drew us in for an unusually personal — and therapeutic — experience. 


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Queer on the Radio

I'm very excited to be calling in to Central Standard tomorrow (from a sports radio station in the Bay) to talk about rural gay life with other queer country folks. Remember: Queers are everywhere. Some even grew up on farms. Tune in 10 a.m. CST 89.3 FM www.kcur.org ‪#‎jollyrancher‬ ‪#‎kcur‬ ‪#‎npr‬