Brian Copeland's Off-Broadway Smash Not a Genuine Black Man
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The last date listed for Not a Genuine Black Man was Wednesday February 17, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Not A Genuine Black Man’s most recent run, at San Francisco’s Off-Market Theatre, won Goldstar’s Roar of the Crowd award.
“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
Not a Genuine Black Man was written and is performed by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford. Brian Copeland’s first solo show, Not a Genuine Black Man, has been so successful it has also been turned into a book which was released in paperback last year. Now, by popular demand, the show that opened the Hayworth three years ago is returning to move audiences once again during a time when race and perception is once again at the forefront of America’s consciousness.
Broadway is calling this multi-talented genius Copeland’s tour-de force, revealing a little-known chapter of Bay Area history. In 1971, a major national magazine named San Leandro as one of the most racist suburbs in America, resulting in congressional hearings. 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, Copeland explores how surroundings make us who we are.