Cracked Clown: David A. Moss's Solo Journey from Comedian to Drug Addict
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In this hilarious and heartwarming prequel to his hit show Not a Genuine Black Man, beloved actor-playwright Brian Copeland recounts three memorable weeks in his youth when he took to the "mean streets" of Oakland to buy his mom the perfect Christmas gift. Rife with references to 1970s Oakland, The Jewelry Box: A Genuine Christmas Story follows six-year-old Brian's adventures as he scours the help wanted ads, applies for jobs and collects bottles, inching his way toward the coveted present, a jewelry box at the local White Front store. Not a Genuine Black Man broke records as the longest running solo show in San Francisco history and brought Copeland critical acclaim as one of the city's most talented and engaging solo performers. Learn More
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David Moss is a brilliant actor, and this powerful show takes the audience beyond comedy. This solo piece is designed so that the central character is demon Crack who speaks egocentrically, only concerned about "me." "You want to feel better? Pay attention to ME, have some of ME." Moss also characterizes the people who shaped him, those who made his being bi-racial an issue, teachers who couldn't understand his childhood vibrant mind, parents who ignored him because their own concerns and demons haunted them. Plenty of reason to undermine your happiness and success. Yet, the message of the piece is powerful: everyone had a bad childhood; take responsibility for yourself now and be the talented, fully formed, loving adult you can be anyway. David Moss's particular addiction may not be mine, but this piece made me think hard about my own responsibility for my own happiness and success.
Three years ago, Moss was standing onstage at a comedy club, watching people laugh while he sipped his 13th Long Island Iced Tea, fortifying himself for the trip into the jungle later, where he would buy crack. This was enough, complete strangers telling him through their laughter that he was okay. Cocaine kept the laughter going. After a few years that wasn’t enough, so he started smoking it. He had a first class ticket on a Lear Jet to hell. Laughter is misleading.
After attending The School of Performing Arts in San Diego on a scholarship, Moss worked as a stand-up comic for several years, appearing on Showtime, HBO and opening for such luminaries as Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson. The San Francisco Chronicle said of him: ”He has that marvelous ability to instantaneously assume a complete character that makes Richard Pryor and Lily Tomlin so electric in performance.” Moss received a Critics Choice award for his role in the independent film “Street Music,” is the recipient of a grant for ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ from the Marin Arts Council and has appeared in a short film, “Shadows,” which he wrote and directed.