Not a Genuine Black Man: Longest-Running Show in Bay Area History at the Marsh Berkeley
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Between the heights of global fame and the deep trenches of total obscurity, there is a land of half-familiar faces, authentic talents and outrageous stories. Now Don Reed, the celebrated actor, playwright and warm-up comic for The Tonight Show, reveals all about this mysterious country in his all-new solo show, Semi-Famous: Hollywood Hell Tales from the Middle. From having a panic attack auditioning for Spike Lee to almost being shot by the Secret Service, Reed's stories are as outrageous as they are true. Get a glimpse of Hollywood -- that heartless, heartbreaking and (very occasionally) heartwarming city -- during this tour de force from Reed, a two-time NAACP Theatre Award nominee (Best Actor and Best Playwright). Learn More
Drinks from next door bar allowed inside. Can eat before- maybe only appetizers though. Afterwards, get drink and listen to live music at Jupiter, across the street.Don Reed's East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player dining • Mar 24 2014 star this tip starred
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This is a very moving account of growing up in a racist community, seen through the eyes of the performer as a young child as he gradually grows up and learns to make his way through the maze of constraints and obstacles he is faced with. It was...continued
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Not a Genuine Black Man has been a hit at venues around the Bay Area and beyond. See Goldstar reviews of the show’s run at the Marsh San Francisco.
“A beautiful mix of wry humor and heartbreak, indignation and inspiration, a singular story of extreme isolation that speaks to anyone who’s ever felt out of place.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Engaging… Copeland knows how to spin a dramatic yarn.” —The New York Times
“Copeland’s ability to captivate an audience rivals many a celebrated solo predecessor, from Ruth Draper to Spalding Gray to Whoopi Goldberg.” —Los Angeles Times
Brian Copeland’s hit show visits his home turf in the East Bay. The longest running solo show in San Francisco history, the play reveals a little-known chapter of Bay Area history. In 1971, San Leandro was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. Congressional hearings were held. The next year, the then eight-year-old Brian Copeland and his African-American family moved to San Leandro. In a monologue that’s both funny and poignant, Brian explores how surroundings make us who we are.