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Brian Copeland: Upcoming Dates

THE JEWELRY BOX
Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 5 PM
The Marsh, San Francisco, CA
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In this hilariously heartwarming story, a prequel to Copeland’s hit solo show "Not a Genuine Black Man," a young Brian heads to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. When he finds the perfect gift – a jewelry box in the White Front store – six-year-old Brian sets out to earn the required $11.97 by Christmas Eve. THE JEWELRY BOX follows Brian’s adventures as he scours the “help wanted” ads, applies for jobs, and collects bottles, inching his way toward the perfect Christmas gift.


LIGHTEN UP NEW YEAR'S EVE

December 31
7 PM
Castro Valley Center For The Arts, Castro Valley, CA
Ring in the new year at the Castro Valley Center For The Arts with Brian and an all-star lineup of comedians.
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Brian Copeland: The Waiting Period

THE WAITING PERIOD
The Marsh, San Francisco, CA
Due to the generosity of donors to our GoFundMe campaign, these shows are FREE on a first come, first served basis.
FREE to the public

Shows will resume in 2017.

This show is an unrelenting look at a ten-day period in Copeland’s life—the mandatory ten-day waiting period before he could lay his hands on the newly purchased gun with which he planned to take his own life.

Even in the midst of this tragedy, however, his wonderful sense of the comedy of life does not desert him (how much should he spend on the gun?), indeed serves him insidiously well as a buffer against the grim reality of his intention. Copeland hopes this very personal, and ultimately redemptive, story will reach people who struggle with depression—often called the last stigmatized disease—as well as their families and loved ones.

Interspersed with interviews with other sufferers, the play, like so many Marsh stories, also offers outsiders an insider’s view, thereby expanding our understanding and, hopefully, our humanity.

As critic Sam Hurwitt put it in The Idiolect:

“It’s a play I’d strongly recommend to anyone who is now or has ever been depressed or who knows someone in that situation. But honestly, it’s such a strong piece that I’d recommend it just as heartily to anyone who’s ever been human.”

 

 

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